Dr. Burke has more than 30 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as their families and professionals across the fields of education, mental health, and vocational rehabilitation. He also has extensive experience with children with Downs Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, and complex learning disorders. Dr. Burke has been extensively involved in several major research and training projects pertaining to autism funded by various government agencies. His research interests include identifying and targeting pivotal learning characteristics and early identification and intervention.
Degree Information: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Departments of Behavioral Psychology and Pediatrics, Application of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ph.D. - Joint Doctoral Interdisciplinary Program in the Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, San Francisco Medical School.
Courses Taught: Assessment of Individuals with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, Foundations of Special Education.
Primary Area of Expertise: Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Advice for Students Preparing for Your Class: "Successful students seek to understand autism by examining individualized child and environmental factors that influence learning and development. By advancing one’s own knowledge, a student can be better prepared to apply principles and strategies to produce socially significant changes in a child’s life. Ultimately within our classes, it is vital for students to share information, propose innovative ideas, and demonstrate a genuine caring for those we serve in our field."