Cathy L. Guttentag, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Cathy Guttentag is a licensed Clinical Child Psychologist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has been at CLI since 2001. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Child Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Guttentag currently specializes in providing diagnostic and developmental evaluations to infants and children with possible or diagnosed autism spectrum disorder. She has particular expertise in testing very young children and in working collaboratively with parents to determine the most appropriate intervention plans and approaches to emotional and behavioral issues. 

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Guttentag conducts research in several areas related to early childhood and children at risk. She recently completed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to develop and pilot-test an intervention to increase the quality of language stimulation provided by teachers of at-risk toddlers in childcare programs. Her other research focuses on enhancing responsive parenting skills in parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She is a co-author of the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines and of the Texas State Literacy Plan. She has served as a consultant and co-investigator for the Children’s Museum of Houston and the Harlem Children’s Zone. She currently works with colleagues on the Texas School Ready Project, creating a series of online training courses for early childhood teachers on the topics of language development, early literacy, social and emotional development, cognitive development, and physical health and motor development. Dr. Guttentag has provided consultation and training to preschool and Head Start teachers, and has presented at national, state, and local conferences and schools on topics in early childhood development and learning. She is also part of the Instructional Faculty for the Lone Star LEND training program in autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Some of Dr. Guttentag’s publications include: 

  • Landry, S.H., Zucker, T.A., Williams, J.M., Merz, E.C., Guttentag, C.L., & Taylor, H.B. Improving school readiness of high-risk preschoolers: Combining high quality instructional strategies with responsive training for teachers and parents. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 40, 38-51. (2017).
  • Guttentag, C.L. Using live coaching and video feedback to teach responsive parenting skills: Experience from the PALS project. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 5. Available at: (2014).
  • Guttentag, C.L., Landry, S.H., Williams, J.M., Baggett, K.M., Noria, C.W., Borkowski, J.G., Swank, P.R., Farris, J.R., Crawford, A., Lanzi, R.G., Carta, J.J., Warren, S.F., & Ramey, S.L.. My Baby & Me: Effects of an early, comprehensive parenting intervention on at-risk mothers and their children. Developmental Psychology, 50(5), 1482-1496 doi:10.1037/a0035682 (2014).
  • Landry, S. H., Taylor, H. Guttentag, C., & Smith, K. E. Responsive parenting: Closing the learning gap for children with early developmental problems. Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 36, 27-60 (2008).
  • Landry, S. H., Smith, K.E., Swank, P.R., & Guttentag, C.L. Responsive parenting: The optimal timing of an intervention across early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 44 (5), 1335-1353 (2008).

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Cathy Guttentag, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cathy L. Guttentag, Ph.D.