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Donna S. Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.


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

Services and Specialties

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism

Research Areas

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics


Influence of seizures on early development in tuberous sclerosis complex. Capal, JK; Bernardino-Cuesta, B; Horn, PS; Murray, D; Byars, AW; Bing, NM; Kent, B; Pearson, DA; Sahin, M; Krueger, DA; et al. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2017; 70:245-252.