Meghan M. Davidson Ph.D., CCC-SLP

College of Arts & Sciences - Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-6430
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3045
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555
Second office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3084



Summary

Meghan Davidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kansas. She is also affiliated faculty for the Child Language Doctoral Program. She completed her Ph.D. in 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders before beginning at the University of Kansas in 2018.

Dr. Davidson’s research focuses on spoken and written language comprehension in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan with a particular interest in understanding the contributions of different cognitive, linguistic, and social factors in the development of reading abilities. She is the director of the Comprehension and Language Learning Lab. She also teaches courses in child language development and research methods.

Education

Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona

Teaching

Dr. Davidson teaches undergraduate research methods (SPLH 660) as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in language development (SPLH 566/816), and she mentors the graduate teaching assistant for the language sampling analysis course (SPLH 565). She also mentors undergraduate students in her lab.

Teaching Interests

  • Language development
  • Language disorders
  • Language assessment and intervention
  • Research methods

Research

My research focuses on spoken and written language comprehension in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan. My specific research interests are in the contributions of different cognitive, linguistic, and social factors in the development of reading abilities across the autism spectrum. Current projects are focused on investigating the role of spoken language and social communication in story comprehension with an emphasis on determining child and text influences. I employ eye tracking and text analysis methodologies as part of this work. The overarching goal of my work is to determine profiles of strength and weakness in comprehension and underlying skills in order to identify targeted areas for effective clinical treatment.

Research Interests

  • Language and social communication in autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Language development
  • Language disorders
  • Language comprehension processes
  • Reading development
  • Reading disorders
  • Eye tracking methodology
  • Text analysis

Service

Dr. Davidson is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, International Society for Autism Research, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, and the Society for Text and Discourse.

Selected Publications

Davidson, M.M. & Ellis Weismer, S. (2018). A preliminary investigation of parent-reported fiction versus non-fiction book preferences of school-age children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, 3, 1-12. 

Davidson, M.M., Kaushanskaya, M., & Ellis Weismer, S. (2018). Reading comprehension in children with and without ASD: The role of word reading, oral language, and working memory. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(10), 3524-3541.

Davidson, M.M. & Ellis Weismer, S. (2017). Reading comprehension of ambiguous sentences by school-age children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(12), 2002-2022.

Davidson, M.M. & Ellis Weismer, S. (2017). A discrepancy in comprehension and production in early language development in ASD: Is it clinically relevant? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(7), 2163-2175.

Ellis Weismer, S., Davidson, M.M., Gangopadhyay, I., Roebuck, H., Sindberg, H.A., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2017). The role of nonverbal working memory in morphosyntactic processing by children with specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 9(28), 1-16.

Kaushanskaya, M., Park, J., Gangopadhyay, I., Davidson, M.M., & Ellis Weismer, S. (2017). The relationship between executive functions and language abilities in children: A latent variables approach. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(4), 912-923.

Gangopadhyay, I. Davidson, M.M., Ellis Weismer, S., & Kaushanskaya, M. (2016). The role of non-verbal working memory in morphosyntactic processing by school-aged monolingual and bilingual children.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 171-194.

Kover, S.T., Davidson, M.M., Sindberg, H.A., & Ellis Weismer, S. (2014). Use of the ADOS for assessing spontaneous expressive language in young children with ASD: A comparison of sampling contexts. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(6), 2221-2233.

Davidson, M.M. & Ellis Weismer, S. (2014). Characterization and prediction of early reading abilities in children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(4), 828-845.

Davidson, M.M., Ellis Weismer, S., Alt, M., & Hogan, T.P. (2013). Survey on perspectives of pursuing a PhD in communication sciences and disorders. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 40, 98-115.

Selected Awards & Honors

Loan Repayment Program Award
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2017

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)
2015

Ph.D. Scholarship
Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
2015


News and events

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019

STUDENTS (Bridget Rennard and Anna Schaue) TO PRESENT AT KANSAS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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