Dr. Lillian Burke, London Ontario

Lillian Burke, PhD, C.Psych.


New Clients: Dr. Burke is NOT accepting new clients.

Phone: (519) 266-3474 Ext 2

Dr. Burke is a Psychologist at The Redpath Centre. She received her doctorate in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from York University (Toronto) in 1993. Dr. Burke initially specialized in Autism Spectrum Disorders in the 1980s at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now CAMH), Toronto. Since then, she has continued to work with children and adults who have Autism, and since 1994, those with Asperger's Disorder. She has also worked with agencies supporting those with Intellectual Disabilities and their families.  In her private practice, her primary activity is assessment of and consultation to those who have Disorders on the Autism Spectrum. She has a special interest in assessment of women with Asperger's and other developmental disorders, as well as parenting with Asperger's. She has written articles, given presentations and engaged in research related to Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Burke is second author, with Drs. Stoddart and King of the book released in 2012 entitled "Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians."

Services offered:

Psychological and diagnostic assessments related to autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger's disorder, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders
Short-term therapy related to women's issues and parenting
Brief behavioural consultations
Training and agency consultation

Assessment Services:

Possible components of psychological assessments include:

(1) Academic: provides information on an individual's academic level overall and grade equivalents in reading, math, spelling, and comprehension;

(2) Cognitive: assesses intellectual abilities, specifically verbal and performance IQ;

(3) Sensory Screen: provides information on sensory seeking and avoiding behaviours and specific sensory concerns;

(4) Functional: assessment of functional/daily living skills and suggests areas for future skill development;

(5) Mental Health: information on anxiety and depression relative to age- and gender-matched peers, mental health concerns and emotional status;

(6) Executive Functioning: tests ability to plan, initiate, and organize activities and tasks; and

(7) Autism Spectrum: assesses ASD/Asperger traits and indicates areas of strength and needs in relation to peers.

Selected Publications:

  • Burke, L. & Stoddart, K.P. (in press). Medical and Health Problems in Adults with ‘High functioning Autism' and Asperger Syndrome. In F.R. Volkmar, B. Reichow & J. McPartland (Eds.) Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Stoddart, K.P., Burke, L., Muskat, B., Manett, J., Duhaime, S., Accardi, C., Burnham Riosa, P. & Bradley, E. (2013). Diversity in Ontario’s Youth and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Complex Needs in Unprepared Systems. Toronto, ON: The Redpath Centre.
  • Stoddart, K.P., Burke, L. & King, R. (2012) Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians. New York, NY: Norton Professional Books.

  • Burke, L. (2005). Psychological Assessment of More Able Adults with ASDs. In K.P. Stoddart (Ed.) Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Integrating Multiple Perspectives. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Burke, L. (2003). Developmental disabilities and women’s issues: Roles and relationships. In I. Brown & M. Percy (Eds.) Developmental Disabilities in Ontario. Toronto, On.: Ontario Assn. on Developmental Disabilities.
  • Stoddart, K., Burke, L., & Temple, V. (2002). Outcome evaluation of bereavement therapy for adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Developmental Disabilities,15, 28-35.
  • Bradley, E. & Burke, L. (2002). The mental health needs of persons with developmental disabilities. In T. Cheetham, J. Summers, C. Stavrakaki & D. Griffiths. An Introduction to the Mental Health Needs of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Sudbury, On: The Habilitative Mental Health Resource Network.
  • Burke, L. (1999). Developmental disabilities and women’s issues: Roles and relationships. In I. Brown & M. Percy (Eds.) Developmental Disabilities in Ontario. Toronto, On.: Front Porch Publications.
  • Burke, L. & Bedard, C. (1995). A preliminary study of the association between self-injury and sexual abuse in persons with developmental handicaps. Sexuality and Disability, 13, 327-330.
  • Burke, L & Bedard, C. (1994).  Self-injury considered in association with sexual victimization in persons with a developmental handicap. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 3, 253-262.
  • Bebko, J., Burke, L., Craven, J. & Sarlo, N. (1992). The importance of motor activity in sensorimotor development: A perspective from children with physical handicaps. Human Development, 35, 226-240.