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Stephen Kanne, Ph.D.

Stephen Kanne

Health Psychology

Executive Director, Thompson Center
Associate Professor

Phone: (573) 882-0595

Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
205 Portland St.
Columbia, MO 65211

Stephen M. Kanne is the Executive Director of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He received his bachelor’s degree and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University. He completed a clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He then joined the staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, where he worked for the next 5 years. Dr. Kanne first joined the University of Missouri faculty in December 2005, where he helped develop and grow the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in his role as an Associate Director. Dr. Kanne joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in April of 2011, and has now returned to the Thompson Center as the Executive Director.

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Missouri, Columbia; Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Predoctoral Internship Program, UCSD/VAMC
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Specialty in Neuropsychology, Washington University
  • B.A., Psychology, Washington University

Research Interest

Dr. Kanne’s current research interests focus on children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, targeting diagnostic tools, outcome measures, behavioral phenotyping, co-occurring symptoms, evidence-based therapies, and subthreshold symptoms. In addition to publishing in the areas of autism, Dr. Kanne has also published in the areas of cognitive neuropsychology, history of neuropsychology, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. After being appointed by the Missouri Governor to the Missouri Blue Ribbon on Autism, he co-authored Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment. He is committed to partnering with families and the community, such as being the past president of the Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment, and is actively involved in several national autism organizations (e.g., co-Chairperson of the Behavioral Sciences Committee for the Autism Treatment Network). Dr. Kanne is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Selected Publications

Kanne, S.M., Mazurek, M.O., Sikora, D., Bellando, J., Branum-Martin, L., Handen, B., Katz, T., Freedman, B., Powell, M.P., & Warren, Z.. (In Press). The Autism Impact Measure (AIM): Initial development of a new tool for treatment outcome measurement. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Mazurek, M.O., Kanne, S.M., & Wodka, E. (2013). Physical Aggression in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism,7, 455-465.

Wagner, D.V., Borduin, C.M., Kanne, S.M., Mazurek, M.O., Farmer, J.E., and Brown, R.M. (In Press) Multisystemic Therapy for Disruptive Behavior Problems in Youths with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Progress Report. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Mazurek, M., Kanne, S.M., Vasa, R., Kalb, L., Keefer, A., Murray, D., Freedman, B., & Lowery, L. (2012). Anxiety, Sensory Over-Responsivity and Gastrointestinal Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Zufferey F, Sherr EH, Beckmann ND, Hanson E, Maillard AM, Hippolyte L, Macé A, Ferrari C, Kutalik Z, Andrieux J, Aylward E, Barker M, Bernier R, Bouquillon S, Conus P, Delobel B, Faucett WA, Goin-Kochel RP, Grant E, Harewood L, Hunter JV, Lebon S, Ledbetter DH, Martin CL, Männik K, Martinet D, Mukherjee P, Ramocki MB, Spence SJ, Steinman KJ, Tjernagel J, Spiro JE, Reymond A, Beckmann JS, Chung WK, Jacquemont S; on behalf of the Simons VIP Consortium,; on behalf of the 16p11.2 European Consortium. (2012). A 600 kb deletion syndrome at 16p11.2 leads to energy imbalance and neuropsychiatric disorders. Journal of Medical Genetics, 49(10), 660-668.

Spiro, J., Chung, W., Kanne, S.M., and The Simons VIP Consortium (2012). Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP): A Genetics-First Approach to Studying Autism Spectrum and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Neuron, 73 (6), 1063-1067.

Lord, C., Petkova, E., Hus, V., Gan, W., Bishop, S., Esler, E., Gotham, K.., Green-Snyder, L., Miller, F., Luyster, R., Olson, J., Richler, J., Risi, r, Tjernagel, J., Miles, J., Kanne, S.M. (2011). A Multi-Site Study of the Clinical Diagnosis of Different Autism Spectrum Disorders. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(3), 306-313.

Mazurek, M., Kanne, S.M., Miles, J. (2011). Predicting improvement in social-communication symptoms of ASD using retrospective treatment data. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6(1), 535-545.

Kanne, S.M., Christ, S.E., Wang, J.L., (2011). The Subthreshold Autism Trait Questionnaire (SATQ): Development of a brief self-report measure of subthreshold autism traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42 (5), 769-780.

Kanne, S.M., & Mazurek, M. (2011). Aggression in Children and Adolescents with ASD: Prevalence and Risk Factors. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 41 (7), 926-937.

Beversdorf, D., Christ, S., Kanne, S.M. (2011). Effect of propranolol on word fluency in autism. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. 24 (1), 11-17.

Kanne, S.M., Gerber, A.J., Quirmbach, L.M., Sparrow, S.S., Cicchetti, D.V., & Saulnier, C.A. (2010). The role of adaptive behavior in autism spectrum disorders: Implications for functional outcome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 41 (8), 1007-1018.

Mazurek, M., & Kanne, S.M. (2010). Friendship and Internalizing Symptoms among Children and Adolescents with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(12): 1512-1520.

Christ, S., Kanne, S.M., & Reiersen, A. (2010). Executive Function in Individuals with Sub-Threshold Autism Traits. Neuropsychology, 24 (5), 590-598.

Kanne, S.M., Abbacchi, A., & Constantino, J. (2009). Multi-informant Ratings of Psychiatric Symptom Severity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Importance of Environmental Context. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(6), 856-864.

Kanne, S.M., Christ, S., & Reiersen, A. (2009). Psychiatric Symptoms and Psychosocial Difficulties in Young Adults with Autistic Traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(6), 827-833.

Book Chapters and Invited Publications

Kanne, S.M., (In Press). Diagnostic Overshadowing. In F.R. Volkmar (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York, NY: Springer.

Kanne, S.M., and Huber, D. (2011). Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition. In J. S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer., 2373-2378.

Kanne, S.M., and Mazurek, M.O. (2011). Asperger’s Disorder. In J. S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer., 258-262.

Kanne, S.M., and Mazurek, M.O. (2011). Hyperlexia. In J. S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer., 1279-1281.

Kanne, S.M., and Mazurek, M.O. (2011). Leiter International Performance Scales, Revised. In J. S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of clinical neuropsychology. New York, NY: Springer., 1448-1449.

Kanne, S.M., & Farmer, J.E. (2011). Autism Spectrum Disorders: A case of siblings. In J.E. Morgan, I.S. Baron, & J.H. Ricker (Eds.) Casebook of Clinical Neuropsychology. Taylor & Francis/Psychology Press., 38-47.

Kanne, S.M., Grissom, M.O., & Farmer, J.E. (2010). Neuropsychological intervention with children. In K.O. Yeates, D. Ris, H.G. Taylor, & B. Pennington (Eds.) Pediatric neuropsychology: Research, theory, and practice, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

Farmer, J.E., Kanne, S.M., Grissom, M., & Kemp, S. (2009). Pediatric neuropsychology in medical rehabilitation settings. In Frank, R.G, Caplan, B., & Rosenthal, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

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