Donna S. Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-8383

Email donna.murray@cchmc.org

Autism spectrum disorders; ASD diagnosis/treatment; language; communication; social skill deficits; quality improvement in healthcare

Donna S. Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP, is vice president of clinical programs and head of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at Autism Speaks and an adjunct associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital within the University of Cincinnati's Department of Pediatrics.

At Autism Speaks, Dr. Murray oversees the activities of the ATN and other clinical programs. The ATN is a collaboration of academic medical institutions working together to improve medical care in autism by developing best practice and providing a platform for research. Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Dr. Murray worked as the clinical director for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and co-director of the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. While at Cincinnati Children's she helped build one of the largest hospital-based autism programs in the country, developing unique partnerships with community agencies to improve access to services and build community capacity. Dr. Murray’s current interests include examining the use of quality improvement methodology to improve clinical care and outcomes for children with ASD.

Dr. Murray received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she focused on the neurosensory aspects of communication, language, and social skills in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Murray has spent more than 25 years as a clinician specializing in program development, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with ASD. Her research includes studies examining language, social skills, diagnosis, and intervention in ASD.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

MS: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 1985.

BS: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 1984.

Fellowship: Judevine Center for Autistic Children, St. Louis, MO, 1987.

Certification: American Speech-Language and Hearing Association of America (ASHA); Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP), 1987.
Licensure: Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1987.

Murray DS, Fedele A, Shui A, Coury D. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Registry Data: Opportunities for Investigators. Pediatrics. 2016;137(S2):e20152851E.

Manning-Courtney P, Murray DS, et al. Autism Spectrum Disorders. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2013;43(1):2-11.

Mazurek MO, Vasa RA, Kalb LG, Kanne SM, Rosenberg D, Keefer A, Murray DS, Freedman B, Lowery LA. Anxiety, sensory over-responsivity, and gastrointestinal problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2013 Jan;41(1):165-76.

Molloy CA, Murray D, Akers R, Mitchell T, Manning-Courtney P. The use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) in a clinical setting. Autism. 2011;2:143-162.

Molloy CA, Murray D, Kinsman A, Castillo H, Mitchell T, Hickey F, Patterson B. Differences in the clinical presentation of Trisomy 21 with and without
autism.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2009;53:143-151.

Murray D, Ruble L, Willis H, Molloy CA. Parent and teacher report of social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. 2009;40:109-115.

Murray D, Creaghead N, Manning-Courtney P, Shear P, Bean J, Prendeville J. The relationship between joint attention and language in children with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 2008;23(1).

Emerich D, Creaghead N, Grether S, Murray D, Grasha C. The comprehension of humorous materials by adolescents with high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2003;33(3):253-257.PMID: 12908828

Molloy C, Manning-Courtney P, Swayne S, Bean J, Brown J, Murray D, Kinsman A, Brasington M, Ulrich C. Lack of benefit of intravenous synthetic human secretin in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 2002;32(6):545-551.

Murray DS. Language Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Encyclopedia of Autism (on-line). Fred Volkmer (ed). 2011.

Longitudinal Study to Identify Early Biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Infants with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sept 2012-Sept 2016.

HRSA to Autism Speaks. Principal Investigator. Autism Intervention Research Networks. Sept 2015-Aug 2020.

HRSA to Mass General (MGH). Co-Investigator. Autism Intervention Research Networks. Sept 2015-Aug 2020.