Faculty Profiles

Stacy Betz

Sara T. Kover, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

  • Language development in neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder  

    Dept. of Speech & Hearing Sciences
           (For Campus Mail only: Box 354875)
    University of Washington
    1417 NE 42nd St.
    Seattle, WA 98105-6246

    skover@u.washington.edu
    Office:(206) 543-7888

Sara Kover joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2014. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her doctorate in Educational Psychology there in 2012.

Dr. Kover’s research focus is on the development of language abilities in children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research has included individuals with fragile X syndrome, which is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability, as well as individuals with autism spectrum disorder or Down syndrome. The overarching goal of this research is to understand how specific cognitive processes and learning mechanisms interact with the learning opportunities afforded by the environment over the course of development. Ultimately, this work will inform what is known about the linguistic phenotypes associated with these disorders and will help guide intervention.

Dr. Kover teaches graduate classes on research methods (SPHSC 506) and assessment and treatment of school-age communication disorders (SPHSC 536).

Selected Publications

Kover, S.T., & Ellis Weismer, S. (in press). Lexical characteristics of expressive vocabulary in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Kover, S.T., Haebig, E., Oakes, A., McDuffie, A., Hagerman, R.J., & Abbeduto, L. (in press). Sentence comprehension in boys with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Oakes, A., Kover, S.T., & Abbeduto, L. (2013). Language comprehension profiles of young adolescents with fragile X syndrome. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 22, 615-626.

Kover, S.T., McDuffie, A., Hagerman, R.J., & Abbeduto, L. (2013). Receptive vocabulary in boys with autism spectrum disorder: Cross-sectional developmental trajectories. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 2696-2709.

Kover, S.T., Pierpont, E.I., Kim, J.-S., Brown, W.B., & Abbeduto, L. (2013). A neurodevelopmental perspective on the acquisition of nonverbal cognitive skills in adolescents with fragile X syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38(7), 445-460.

McDuffie, A., Kover, S.T., Hagerman, R.J., & Abbeduto, L. (2013). Investigating word learning in fragile X syndrome: A fast-mapping study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 1676-1691.

Berry-Kravis, E., Dolly, E., Sterling, A., Kover, S.T., Schroeder, S.M., Mathur, S., & Abbeduto, L. (2013). Development of an expressive language sampling procedure in fragile X syndrome: A pilot study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(4), 245-251.

Kover, S.T., & Atwood, A.K. (2013). Establishing equivalence: Methodological progress in group-matching design and analysis. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118(1), 3-15.

Kover, S.T., McDuffie, A., Abbeduto, L., & Brown, W.T. (2012). Effects of sampling context on spontaneous expressive language in male adolescents with fragile X syndrome or Down syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 1022-1038.

Pierpont, E., Richmond, E.K., Abbeduto, L., Kover, S. T., & Brown, W.T. (2011). Contributions of phonological and working memory to language development in adolescents with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders,3(4), 335-347.

McDuffie, A., Abbeduto, L., Lewis, P., Kover, S.T., Kim, J.-S., Weber, A., & Brown, W.T. (2010). Autism spectrum disorder in children and adolescents with fragile X syndrome: Within-syndrome differences and age-related changes. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 115(4), 307-326.

Abbeduto, L., Brady, N, & Kover, S.T. (2007). Language development and fragile X syndrome: Profiles, syndrome-specificity, and within-syndrome differences. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 13(1), 36-46.