Katherine A. Loveland, PhD, is the Landmark Charities Professor of Autism Research and Treatment and directors of the Center for Human Development Research and C.L.A.S.S. Clinic (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as Training Director of the UTHealth Doctoral Psychology Internship Program.
Loveland is an internationally known researcher specializing in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is best known for her work on social-emotional development and the neuropsychology of ASD. Her current research focuses on application of new technologies to the treatment of mental illness in ASD; gene-environment interactions associated with ASD; and cross-cultural influences affecting parenting stress in mothers of children with ASD.
Her clinical specialty is ASD in adolescents and adults and emotional and behavioral disorders in ASD. Her C.L.A.S.S. clinic is among the few in the U.S. that focuses on serving intellectually able adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum (Asperger’s), particularly those who were previously undiagnosed.
Loveland received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1975 and her doctorate in Psychology from Cornell University in 1980. After teaching on the faculty of Rice University and researching autism at the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences, she joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston faculty in 1985.