Karen Chenausky, PhD, CCC-SLP

Karen Chenausky
Assistant Professor
Research: Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab
Communication Sciences and Disorders
(617) 726-2405
Office Location: 
Building 79/96, Room 215

Karen Chenausky is a postdoc in the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab, under the direction of Dr. Jordan Green.  She also has appointments at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Boston University, and Harvard Medical School. 

Prior to coming to the SFDL, Karen worked as a speech scientist at Speech Technology and Applied Research Corp. in Lexington, MA, performing acoustic analyses on typical speech, accented speech, dysarthric speech, and baby babbles.  She has also worked clinical in private practice and for local school districts as a speech pathologist, running social skills groups for verbal children with autism and related disorders. 

Research Interests

Karen is currently investigating the extent to which motor speech or auditory processing disorders may limit spoken language development in some minimally verbal children with autism.


SB, Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
MA, Linguistics, University of Connecticut
MS, Speech Pathology, Boston University
PhD, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Boston University


K. Chenausky, A. Brignell, A. Morgan, & H. Tager-Flusberg.  (2019) Motor speech impairment predicts expressive language in minimally verbal, but not low verbal, individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Autism and Developmental Language Impairment 4:2, DOI: 10.1177/2396941519856333.

K. Chenausky, A. Norton, H. Tager-Flusberg, & G. Schlaug (2018)  Behavioral Predictors of Improved Speech Output in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism.  Autism Research. 11:1356–1365, DOI: 10.1002/aur.2006.

A. Brignell, K. Chenausky, H. Song, J. Zhu, C. Suo, & A. Morgan.  (2018)  Communication interventions for autism spectrum disorder in minimally verbal children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD012324. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012324.pub2.

K. Chenausky & G. Schlaug.  (2018) From Intuition to Intervention:  Developing an Intonation-Based Treatment for Autism.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  doi: 10.1111/nyas.13609.

K. Chenausky, J. Kernbach, A. Norton, & G. Schlaug.  (2017). White Matter Integrity and Treatment-Based Change in Speech Performance in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11:175. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00175K.


Curriculum Vitae