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Katherine Morton, PsyD, HSPP

Education and Training

Born and raised in Henderson, KY, Dr. Morton has returned to her community after years of professional training in order to provide high-quality, evidence-based assessments and intervention for children and their families with a variety of developmental needs and concerns. Dr. Morton received her master’s degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. During her graduate studies, Dr. Morton received years of specialized training in both pediatric neuropsychological assessment and behavioral therapy in hospital settings, such as Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Central DuPage Hospital. More specifically, Dr. Morton was employed as a behavioral therapist at The Autism Treatment Program in Chicago, IL. She completed her residency in pediatric psychology at the prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicinein Baltimore, MD, where she specialized in behavioral management and parent training with children ages 18 months to early adolescence with severe behavioral concerns.

 

For a copy of Dr. Morton's curriculum vitae, please click here.

 

 

 

 

Awards and Certifications

Dr. Morton is certified to officially administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), the "gold standard" observational assessment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  For more information regarding the ADOS-2 and its efficacy in diagnosing ASD, please read more here.

Additionally, Dr. Morton is  a certified  first generation Sibshop facilitator. Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops provide an enjoyable experience with an emphasis on FUN while building relationships among kids who have a sibling with special needs. 

Dr. Morton has performed in leadership roles throughout graduate school, including organizing charity events to benefit autism research and instructing fellow graduate students in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of various psychological assessments.

 

 

Organizations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

  • Autism Society of America

 

Areas of Interest

  • Young children (ages 12 months-8 years) with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), ADHD, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and severe behavioral challenges

  • Behavioral parent training and family therapy

  • Functional communication training, including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Support for siblings of children with ASD

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with suspected ASD, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Children and adolescents diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Selective Mutism, Trichotillamania/Trichophagia, Pica, and self-injurious behaviors

 

 

Services Offered

Dr. Morton specializes in conducting individualized assessments of children and adolescents who display neurodevelopmental difficulties including developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other neurobehavioral disorders. She also offers evidence-based, individually tailored therapy services for clients and their families incorporating applied behavioral analysis (ABA), behavioral parent training, and cognitive approaches. Dr. Morton’s philosophy regarding assessment and treatment underscores the need to understand each individual child’s cognitive, developmental, and behavioral profile in order to improve his or her ability to function appropriately in various environments. Consequently, Dr. Morton works together with parents and school systems to help ensure that children and adolescents receive appropriate interventions to increase their success both at home, in the community, and within the classroom.  As a sibling of a younger brother with autism, Dr. Morton also believes that each child deserves a quality, comprehensive evaluation in order to facilitate the most effective treatment for attaining his or her behavioral, academic, and social goals.