Megan McKenna, M.A.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, SLP Clinical Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Speech-Language Pathology
Office Location: Wellness and Literacy (WL) 1123
Office Phone: 815-753-6524

Courses Taught

  • COMD 687: Speech-Language Practicum: Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • COMD 773: Advanced Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology


  • M.A. Speech & Hearing Science - Clinical, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Speech & Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • More Than Words Certification, The Hanen Centre
  • TalkAbility Certification, The Hanen Centre
  • Certified Autism Specialist, The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards


  • Illinois Speech Language Pathologist License, Illinois Dept of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Illinois Professional Educator License (Non-Teaching), Illinois State Board of Education


  • Early Intervention Speech/Language Pathologist Credential, Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Early Intervention Evaluation/Assessment Specialist Credential, Illinois Department of Human Services

Research/Clinical Interests

  • Prelinguistic skill development
  • Early language development
  • Early identification of autism spectrum disorder
  • Promoting access to medical and therapy services for children with developmental delays


  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) Clinical Training
  • More Than Words and TalkAbility Certification Courses, The Hanen Centre
  • Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment (TPBA)
  • Social Thinking
  • Core Vocabulary and AAC
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pyramid Educational Consultants


Hadley, P.A., McKenna, M.M., and Rispoli, M. (2018). Sentence diversity in early language development: Recommendations for target selection and progress monitoring. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 27(2), 553-565. PMID: 29497741

Hadley, P.A., Rispoli, M., Holt, J.K., Papastratakos, T., Hsu, N., Kublanza, M., McKenna, M.M. (2016). Input subject diversity enhances early grammatical growth: Evidence from a parent-implemented intervention. Language Learning and Development, 13(1), 54-79.

McKenna, M.M., and Hadley, P.A. (2014). Assessing sentence diversity in toddlers at-risk for language disorders. Perspectives on Language, Learning and Education, 21(4), 159-172.

Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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