Meaghan McKenna is a postdoctoral fellow at the Juniper Garden’s Children’s Project. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida. Her dissertation explored potential roles of speech-language pathologists in advancing early intervention and prevention within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework.
Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Meaghan worked as a speech-language pathologist providing services in clinical, home-based, and educational settings. She also worked for a large school district on grant projects which included spearheading system change through evaluating new policy and procedures to eliminate barriers and best support with implementation of MTSS beginning in Pre-K. Meaghan was awarded Expertise’s Best Speech Language Pathologists in Tampa in 2017, a recipient of the University of South Florida’s Graduate Student Success Fellowship from 2017-2020, and a Protégé in the 2020 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Pathways Program.
Meaghan’s research focuses on engaging in collaborative partnerships with school districts to drive system wide change and continuous quality improvement. She is currently investigating early elementary writing assessment and instruction and implementation of MTSS. She aims to explore the components of MTSS that optimize educators' and students' success.
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
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