Linda S. Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D

Linda S. Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D.

Linda Heitzman-Powel

Investigator, The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training,
Associate Research Professor, Life Span Institute, ,
University of Kansas

Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002
M.P.H., San Diego State University, 1997
B.A., Psychology, with Distinction, San Diego State University, 1993
A.A., Cuyamaca College, 1991

Contact Information


Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914

(913) 945-6604 ext 2620
(913) 945-6639

Research Interests

Dr. Heitzman-Powell's principle areas of scholarly activity include autism research, specifically: the advancement of evidence-based interventions for children; the advancement of effective parent training; the advancement of effective provider training; and culturally appropriate training for the Hispanic population.

Professional Service

Advisory Boards


Advisory Board Member

ABPathfinders. (2011 - Present)

Other Professional Service


Guest Reviewer

The Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions. (2006 - Present)



Kansas Legislative Task Force on Autisms’ Subcommittee on Best Practices. Provided policy guidelines regarding best practices for autism intervention to Governor’s Legislative Task Force.


Workgroup on Early Intervention Autism Waiver, State of Kansas. Development of State Department of Social Rehabilitation Services Early Autism Medicaid Waiver’s Policies and Procedures Handbook. Development of online tutorials/training related to the State Department of Social Rehabilitation Services Early Autism Medicaid Waiver’s Policies and Procedures Handbook.

KS State Department of Social Rehabilitation Services Systems Transformation Work Group for Community and Home-based Service Waiver. (2009 - Present)

KS Social Rehabilitation Research Work Group for Autism Waiver. (2007 - Present)

Steering Committee Member

KS Social Rehabilitation Steering Committee, Autism Waiver. (2008 - Present)

Task Force Member

KS Legislative Task Force on Autism. (2007 - Present)

Vice President

Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis. (1999 - Present)


Board Member

Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc. (2002 - Present)

Kansas City Autism Training Center. (2001 - Present)


Journal Articles

Kamps, D., Thiemann-Bourque, K., Heitzman-Powell, L., Schwartz, I., Cox, S., & Rosenberg, N. (in review). Treatment Session Outcomes for Social Peer Networks for Elementary School Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

McFadden, B., & Heitzman-Powell, L. (in review). Social Communication Effects of Peer-Mediated Recess Intervention for Children with Autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis