Dr. Courtney Paisley

Autism Evaluation and Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy

Courtney Paisley, PhD.

Families often feel like their journey to finding answers regarding their child’s social, emotional, academic, or behavioral challenges is long, complex, and sometimes anxiety-provoking. Once families have answers or diagnoses, they may feel overwhelmed by next steps and feel uncertain about what to prioritize first. From evaluation and diagnosis to ongoing therapy, my goal is to support my clients and families no matter where they are in their process.

As a Licensed Psychologist, I specialize in working with neurodiverse clients and their families. I conduct assessments across the lifespan and have expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and other developmental and behavioral concerns. I individualize the assessment process to meet the client’s and family’s needs and utilize a strengths-based approach. My goal throughout the diagnostic evaluation is to collaborate with a client’s caregivers and teachers to create a multidimensional picture of the presenting concerns, understand unique areas of challenge, and identify appropriate, effective, and feasible ways to support the client. I strive for each client and family to end the evaluation process with a clear and thorough understanding of diagnoses and individualized next steps. 

I also provide individual and family therapy. I utilize a range of evidence-based approaches while also tailoring my treatment strategies to meet the individual and family’s current circumstances and goals for therapy. I always think of myself as one member of the client’s team and I strive to work with parents, caregivers, teachers, and other important social support systems to create consistency and progress across environments. My goal is to create a warm, safe, and identity-affirming therapeutic environment and I strongly value open and honest communication that fosters growth.  


My passion for working with neurodiverse individuals and their families began during my undergraduate degree at Emory University. I continued this work during a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center followed by my Doctorate degree in Child Clinical Psychology at The University of Alabama. Most recently, I completed my internship at University of Colorado School of Medicine and my postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Developmental Pediatrics. I have acquired extensive training in psychological assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral therapy, parent management training, and family therapy as well as autism-specific interventions including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). I have also led social skills and anxiety groups for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. My own research has focused on the involvement of caregivers in intervention practices and the psychological well-being of caregivers with children with autism spectrum disorder.

Client Focus

  • Children
  • Families
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Parent-management therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Autism-specific interventions such as Pivotal Response Treatment

Concerns Addressed

  • Standard: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, Anxiety, ADHD, Behavioral Challenges
  • Specialities: parent-based interventions, transition to adulthood, sleep challenges

You Found The Right Place

The right blend of skills and experience to tackle the most challenging cases


PhD, Clinical Psychology
The University of Alabama

Predoctoral Clinical Internship (APA Accredited)
Univeristy of Colorado School of Medicine/JFK Partners

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology (Member of APPIC)
Children's Hospital Colorado
Department of Developmental Pediatrics

Certifications & Trainings

Licensed Psychologist
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) Clinical Training
Early Start Denver Model Advanced Workshop
Pivotal Response Treatment Training 
Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) COVID-19 Telehealth Best Practices


Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters
  • Birnschein, A. M., Ward, O. F., McClain, A. B., Harmon, R. L., Paisley, C. A., Stevens, M., & Tomeny, T. S. (2024). Qualitative Ascriptions of Autistic Behavior by Non-Autistic College Students. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-14.

  • Dede, B., Paisley, C. A., & Cox, J. (2023). The Mediating Role of Perceived Parental Competence in the Relationship Between Parental Psychopathic Trains and Parenting Behaviors. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 14(3), 90-112.
  • Paisley, C. A., Eldred, S. W., Cawley, A., & Tomeny, T. S. (2023). Evidence-based practices and classroom strategies reported by teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 10883576221125485.

  • Birnschein, A. M., Paisley, C. A., & Tomeny, T. S. (2021) Enhancing social interactions for youth with autism spectrum disorder through training programs for typically developing peers: A systematic review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 84, 101784.
  • Rankin, J. A., Paisley, C. A., Eldred, S. W., & Tomeny, T. S. (2019). Fathers of youth with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of the impact of fathers’ involvement on youth, families, and intervention. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 22, 458- 477.
  • Rankin, J. A., Paisley, C. A., Mulla, M. M., & Tomeny, T. S. (2019). Effects of unmet social support needs among college students: Relations between social support discrepancy and depression and anxiety symptoms. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65, 474.
  • Ventola, P., Lei, J., Paisley, C. A., Lebowitz, E., & Silverman, W. (2017). Parenting a child with ASD: Comparison of parenting style between ASD, anxiety, and typical development. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 2873-2884.
  • Ventola, P. E., Yang, D., Abdullahi, S. M., Paisley, C. A., Braconnier, M. L., & Sukhodolsky, D. G. (2016). Brief report: Reduced restricted and repetitive behaviors after pivotal response treatment. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2813-2820.
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