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Linguistics and Communication Disorders


Child Language and Literacy Lab

The aim of the Child Language and Literacy Lab is to understand the early language and literacy development of preschool children through evidence-based clinical research assessments and interventions. We provide comprehensive early language assessments to the local community at no cost.


Active Research Projects:
Parent Complex Syntax Input

The goal of this study is to expand the picture of the preschool language environment by considering the complex syntax that parents provide to children and to examine input as it relates to children's use of vocabulary and syntax. The results of this study will help us better understand the language environment in which preschool children learn.


Targeting Verbs in Preschool Language Intervention
The aim of this study is to examine the impact of a verb-focused language intervention in increasing vocabulary production in preschool children with language impairment. The results of this study will help us better understand the use of evidence-based language intervention strategies to impact multiple areas of vocabulary.


Fragile Families; Risks and Resources for Families and Children with Language Impairment
This study is a collaboration between the Child Language and Literacy Lab and Dr. Elizabeth Riina from the Family Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) department at Queens College. The purpose of this study is to better understand parenting qualities as risks or resources to children's language development and to train students across disciplines in assessment and data collection of family data.



 

 Meet the Director

 
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Megan Dunn Davison, PhD, CCC-SLP
Favorite Children's Book: "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper


Megan Dunn Davison, PhD, CCC-SLP received a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Truman State University where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Dr. Dunn Davison attended Purdue University for her M.S. and The Pennyslvania State University for her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders. She is a ceritified speech-language pathologist. Dr. Dunn Davison's research has focused on the contributions of early language development to later reading outcomes in at-risk preschool children and school-age children with language-based learning disabilites. 
 

 Office Information

 
​Child Language and Literacy Lab
Queens Hall, Room 350E
Contact Us
Phone: 718-570-0787
Email:childlanguageandliteracylab@qc.cuny.edu


 
 

 FAQs

 
​Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get my child to participate in your current study?
  • Call us at (718)-570-0787 or email us at childlanguageandliteracylab@qc.cuny.edu
What should I expect when coming to the lab?
  • Expect for your child to look at an assortment of pictures and to play language games with a research assistant. After the session, each family will receive a written summary of scores received on all formal assessments as well as additional information on developmental milestones for the age of your child, and tips for activities and strategies that help promote speech, language, and early learning. You may be asked to come in for a follow up.
How do I make an appointment or ask for more information?
  • Call us at (718)-570-0787 or email us at childlanguageandliteracylab@qc.cuny.edu
How do I get to the lab?
  • The Child Language and Literacy Lab is located in Queens Hall.
Driving Directions to Queens Hall

From Long Island:


· Take the Long Island Expressway Westwards to Exit 23.

· Merge on to Horace Harding Expressway.

· Turn left on to Main Street.

· Make a U-turn at Melbourne Ave.

· Queens Hall will be on your right.

From Manhattan/Brooklyn:

· Take the Brooklyn Queens Expressway Eastwards to Exit 34.

· Merge on to the Long Island Expressway through Exit 34E.

· Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 23.

· Merge on to Horace Harding Expressway.

· Turn left on to Main Street.

· Make a U-turn at Melbourne Ave.

· Queens Hall will be on your right.

 

For Public Transportation:

· Follow any of the suggested routes to arrive at the campus. Q44 or Q20A/B run along Main Street, and leave you a short walk from Queens Hall.

 
 

 Meet the Staff

 
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Roxana Mohammad, Research Assistant, JFEW Scholar
Favorite Children's Book: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

Stephanie Muñoz, Research Assistant, McNair Scholar, Trinity University
Favorite Children's Book: "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson

Gabriela Batres, Research Assistant, JFEW Scholar
Favorite Children's Book: "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
             
Juliana Daddi, Research Assistant
Favorite Children's Book: "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss

Emily Urgiles, Research Assistant, Macaulay Honors Student
Favorite Children's Book: "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBartney

Taylor Jackson, Research Assistant
Favorite Children's Book: "Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Voirst

Former Research Assistants:
Michelle Amiel
Lindsay Cardinali
Zlata Katanov
Alexa Kotowitz
Stefan Olaya
Joanne Park
Matthew Turk
Megan Valentin
     



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