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Speech & Hearing Sciences
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Associate Professor
Director, SPHSC Master of Science Program
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)
M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)
Academic Expertise: 
Language development in neurodevelopmental disorders
Fragile X syndrome
Autism spectrum disorder

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 serves as co-director of the CASE (Collaborating Across Special Education) Scholars Program funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, along with Dr. Carly Roberts and Dr. Selma Powell of the College of Education. This interdisciplinary training program serves master's students who are interested in working in the public schools to meet the needs of students with high intensity needs. 

Recent Publications
Relationship Between Task-Based and Parent Report-Based Measures of Attention and Executive Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). (2020 Sep) J Pediatr Neuropsychol 6(3): 176-188 Mattson JT, Thorne JC, Kover ST

Expressive language development in adolescents with Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome: change over time and the role of family-related factors. (2020 Jun 27) J Neurodev Disord 12(1): 18 Del Hoyo Soriano L, Thurman AJ, Harvey D, Kover ST, Abbeduto L

Syntactic Ability of Girls With Fragile X Syndrome: Phonological Memory and Discourse Demands on Complex Sentence Use. (2019 Nov) Am J Intellect Dev Disabil 124(6): 511-534 Kover ST, Abbeduto L

The relation between parent verbal responsiveness and child communication in young children with or at risk for autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. (2019 May) Autism Res 12(5): 715-731 Edmunds SR, Kover ST, Stone WL

Auditory-visual misalignment: A theoretical perspective on vocabulary delays in children with ASD. (2018 Dec) Autism Res 11(12): 1621-1628 Venker CE, Bean A, Kover ST