Karen W. Burkett, PhD, APRN, PPCNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Core Faculty, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, N/A

UC College of Nursing

Phone 513-636-3802

Fax 513-636-2837

Email karen.burkett@cchmc.org


Neurodevelopmental disorders


Autism spectrum disorders; health care disparities in developmental disabilities

Karen W. Burkett, PhD, APRN, PPCNP, is a developmental pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. Her research work is focused on health care disparities, cultural competence and symptom awareness in developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.

BSN: College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1977.

MS/PNP: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1982.

PhD: Nursing Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

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Burkett K, Morris E, Anthony J, Shambley-Ebron D, Manning P. Parenting African American Children with Autism: The Influence of Respect and Faith in Mother, Father, Single and Two-Parent Care. J Transcult Nurs. 2016 Aug 10. 

Johnson N, Burkett K, Reinhold J, Bultas M. Translating Research to Practice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Part I: Definition, Associated Behaviors, Prevalence, Diagnostic Process, and Interventions. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2016;30(1):15-26.

Bultas MW, Johnson NL, Burkett K, Reinhold J. Translating Research to Practice for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Part 2: Behavior Management in Home and Health Care Settings. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2016;30(1):27-37.

Burkett K, Morris E, Manning-Courtney P, Anthony J, Shambley-Ebron D. African American Families on Autism Diagnosis and Treatment: The Influence of Culture. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2015;45(10),3244-3254.  

Harpster K, Burkett K, Walton K, Case-Smith J. Evaluating the Effects of the Engagement–Communication–Exploration (ECE) Snack Time Intervention for Preschool Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2015;69(Suppl 1).

Trairatvorakul P, Felts K, Zammit H, Harpster K, Burkett K. Snack Time Intervention for Preschoolers With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Fun and Function. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2015;36(2):S11-S11.

Burkett K, Morris E. Enabling Trust in Qualitative Research with Culturally Diverse Participants. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2015;29(1):108-112.

Burkett KW. Culture Care Meanings, Expressions and Cultural Lifeways of Urban African American Family Members Caring for their child with Autism.  Dissertation. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 2013.

Sievers S, Giambra B, Klotz K, Siegle L, Longo A, Burkett K. Revised: Best Evidence Statement (BESt): Confirmation of Nasogastric/Orogastric Placement. National Guidelines Clearinghouse. 2012.

Morris EJ, Burkett KW. Mixed methodologies: A new research paradigm or enhanced quantitative paradigm. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare. 2011;1(1):27-36.

Headstart Navigator Intervention for Development Testing. Principal Investigator. Place Outcomes Research Award. Jul 2016-Jul 2018.

Taking Action with African American Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Co-Principal Investigator. CCTST: Practice-Based Inquiry Grant. May 2016-Apr 2017.

A Pilot Study for Training Promotoras de Salud to Increase Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Spanish-speaking Communities. Co-Principal Investigator. Jack H. Rubinstein Foundation Research Award. Jul 2016-Jun 2018.

Strategies to Recruit Community Health Workers in Immigrant Communities. Co-Principal Investigator. Processes and Methods Grant, Cincinnati Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). Apr 2016-Mar 2017.

Ohio Department of Medicaid/Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative. Co-Investigator. Ohio Department of Medicaid. Apr 2016-present.

Partnering for Peace on the Streets of the Avondale Community. Co-Investigator. Community Health Grant, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST). Jul 2015-Jul 2017.

Predictors of Caregiver Adherence to Developmental Evaluation in Head Start. Principal Investigator. Place Outcomes Research Award. Jul 2015-Jul 2017.