Karen Weigle, PhD

Associate Director, Center for START Services


  • Doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology, West Virginia University, 1999
  • Master's in Child Clinical Psychology, West Virginia University, 1995
  • Bachelor's in Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991

Professional Background

Dr. Karen Weigle is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience working with people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and their families. She has extensive experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team and in several medical specialty clinics and wards, and has provided assessment and intervention services in a variety of contexts including in-home, school-based, clinic-based, agency-based, hospital-based, and community crisis response. She has previously directed or co-directed programs that provide services spanning East Tennessee and oversight of a large number of service providers. Dr. Weigle has experience in training family practice and medical specialty residents, special educators, community-based services providers, families, Early Intervention Specialists, and laypersons. Her teaching experience varies from undergraduate psychology courses to special education graduate-level seminars. Dr. Weigle is currently the Associate Director for the Center for START Services as well as the co-founder/Director of the Chattanooga Autism Center in Chattanooga, TN.


START is a research-based model of services and supports for individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) ages six and older who also have a mental health (MH) diagnosis or behavioral health needs.

Karen Weigle
Curriculum Vitae: 
Institute on Disability
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