Karen Chenausky

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Office 156
  • Education B.S., 1989, MIT, Linguistics and Philosophy
    M.A., 1993, University of Connecticut, Linguistics
    M.S., 2005, Boston University, Speech and Language Pathology
    Certificate on Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology, 2006
    Ph.D., 2015, Boston University, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

I’m currently a postdoctoral research fellow on a T32 training grant to Sargent College at BU. My research focuses on the extent to which underlying speech disorders may limit the ability of some minimally verbal children with autism to acquire spoken language. I’m testing the “CAS Hypothesis”– the idea that childhood apraxia of speech, a developmental motor speech disorder, is highly prevalent in minimally verbal children with autism. My goal is to understand what goes wrong with speech development in these children, create therapies that address their challenges, and hopefully give them more tools for communication. For hobbies, I knit as much as I possibly can, make (some of) my own jewelry, and coach rowing on the Charles River. I have three cats and a husband, all of whom like to spend a lot of time outdoors.

View all profiles