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Alice Zhang, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Portrait of Alice Zhang
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background

Alice Zhang, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. She joined the faculty at KU Medical Center in August 2020. In addition to her teaching role, she is a mentor to students in the occupational therapy degree programs. She also collaborates with colleagues in the KU Department of Pediatrics and works on a range of research projects related to autism parent training, telehealth, and teletraining in rural school and community settings.

As a board-certified and licensed behavioral analyst, certified OASIS parent training coach, and certified parent-child interaction therapy therapist, Zhang provides clinical services through the Department of Pediatrics and assists parents of children with autism to better support their children. She provides services both in person and through telemedicine, with a focused interest in serving families from underserved and/or rural communities.

Academic Background
Zhang earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in applied psychology with an emphasis in counseling, from the Beijing Forestry University, China. She earned another master’s degree and her doctorate in behavioral psychology at the University of Kansas between 2012 and 2018. She then completed a two-year Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center.



Zhang's research interests include using behavioral skills training and technology to build and enhance the capacity of parents, educators, and service providers in supporting children with autism in various settings to reach their full potential.

She also has a strong interest in advancing opportunities for youth and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to learn self-advocacy skills and make successful health care transitions.