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Kathy Dow-Burger

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Hearing and Speech Sciences

Language Proficiency


Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and a Clinical Associate Professor. She is also the Co-Director of the University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC) ( Her clinical interests focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other social communication disorders, language-learning disabilities to include reading and written language, emergent literacy and stuttering. Kathy is the founder and program designer of the Social Interaction Group Network for All (SIGNA) ( She and the SIGNA and UMARC team are conducting outcome research on the SIGNA programming and mixed reality (MR) projects related to ASD. Kathy serves as a consultant to UMD’s Resident Life, the Career Center Disabilities Services and other campus units in order to help these agencies work more effectively with UMD college students with ASD and other neuro-divergent conditions. Kathy is ADOS-2 clinically trained and a certified instructor in the implementation of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Adolescent, School-Based Professionals, and Young Adult programs. She coordinates teen and young adult PEERS groups at the UMD Hearing and Speech Clinic (

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