Kate Shannon, PhD



Kate has been with BRAINS since 2020. She works with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum and those who struggle with social skills. She works with clients in both individual and group settings. Additionally, Kate performs the ADOS assessment as part of an Autism diagnostic evaluation. Prior to joining BRAINS, Kate completed a post-doc at Michigan State University in the Autism Research Lab.

Kate grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has moved all around the country for school. She currently lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two children. Outside of her work at BRAINS, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends!


  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology — University of Missouri — 2008
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology — University of South Carolina Aiken — 2010
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology — University of Maryland Baltimore County — 2015

Areas of Interest

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Behavioral Challenges
  • Social Skill Acquistion