Blythe Corbett, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Vanderbilt Internship in Professional Psychology
Director, Division of Psychology
Village at Vanderbilt



Dr. Corbett joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2010. Currently, she is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Research Description

Dr. Corbett is the Director of the Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology (SENSE) lab, a translational research program focused on better understanding and treating social competence and stress in children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). One of her most notable contributions has been the development of SENSE Theatre®, a peer-mediated, theatre-based intervention, which has contributed to significant improvement in social functioning in individuals with ASD. Dr. Corbett has published over 70 original peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals. Her research has been consistently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health since 2005, which includes randomized clinical trials and developmental studies examining the impact of pubertal development on stress, physiological arousal and social functioning in youth with ASD and typical development.

Training Description

Dr. Corbett is the Director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internship in Professional Psychology (VUMC-IPP), a one-year, full-time program approved by the American Psychological Association and member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) offering 4 positions in autism and lifespan development, child & adolescent psychology, general adult psychiatry and adult psychosis.

Clinical Description

Dr. Corbett is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment in children and adolescents with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

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