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

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


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.


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


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


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


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)

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

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

News and events

— Expertscape: Your Source For Medical Experts (@Daily_Experts) December 3, 2021

Kris Pedersen and Ana Paula Mumy joined Governor Kelly for bill signing enacting the Interstate Compact for SLPs & Audiologists. 

Nicola Santangelo awarded a Summer 2021 UGRA with Dr. Jena McDaniel

SPLH graduate program ranked in top 50

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Foundations, Perspectives, & Accountability virtual continuing education course featuring Stephanie Meehan, PhD, CCC-SLP and Mathew Gillispie, PhD, CCC-SLP

KSHA's Executive Board is addressing the need for diversity and inclusion in our profession in a multi-pronged approach. We are committed to ongoing dialogue across cultural lines. We recognize the need for further education amongst ourselves and our membership. We have partnered with the University of Kansas to offer this FREE virtual continuing education course. 


Ana Paula Mumy - Spero Stuttering

Personnel Prep Grants

Megan Davidson and Jena McDaniel (Post doc) will each be receiving ASHAFoundation New Investigator Research Grants! 

Randi Hutto was awarded a Fall 2020 UGRA with Dr. Meghan Davidson

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.


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.

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