Kelly L. Coburn


Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology


Contact Info

Van Bokkelen, Room 011


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2021
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2011
B.Phil, University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Areas of Expertise

Developmental disorders
Language development
Narrative discourse

Selected Publications

  • Coburn, K. L., Kurtz, M. R., Rivera, D., & Kana, R. K. (2022). Behavioral and neurobiological evidence for the effects of reading interventions on autistic children: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
  • Sandberg, C. W., Exton, E., Coburn, K. L., Chun, S., & Miller, C. (2022). Event related potential exploration of the organizational structure of abstract versus concrete words in neurologically intact younger adults. Brain & Language, 230, 105138. 
  • Coburn, K. L., & Williams, D. L. (2022). Brief report: Visuospatial and spoken language recall in autism: Preliminary results. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 52, 2831-2837.
  • Coburn, K. L., Jung, S., Ousley, C. L., Sowers, D. J., Wendelken, M., & Wilkinson, K. (2021). Centering the family in their system: A framework to promote family-centered AAC services. AAC, 37(4), 229-240.
  • Coburn, K. L., & Williams, D. L. (2020). Development of neural structure and function in autism spectrum disorder: Implications for learning language. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 29, 1783-1797.

Certification and Licensure


Selected Presentations

  • Coburn, K. L., Trapani, J. A., O’Kelley, S., & Kana, R. K. (2022, May). Effects of a visualizing intervention on reading comprehension in autistic children [Poster presentation]. International Society for Autism Research, Austin, TX.
  • Coburn, K. L., & Williams, D. L. (2021, November). Personal narratives by autistic adults of underrepresented genders [Technical research sessions]. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Coburn, K. L., & Williams, D. L. (2020, October 22-23). Neurodevelopmental differences in autism spectrum disorder applied to language learning [Virtual poster presentation]. Many Paths to Language, Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Coburn, K. L., & Williams, D. L. (2019, November 21-23). Verbal encoding and visuospatial recall in autism spectrum disorder [Poster presentation]. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL, United States.


  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • International Society for Autism Research

Professional Services

  • ASHA Autism Spectrum Disorders Topic Committee
  • Ad hoc reviewer, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Autism Research
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Autism in Adulthood
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders