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Doctor of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center (2012)
Master of Arts, St. John's University (2001)
Bachelor of Science, Long Island University (CW Post Campus) (1998)

Recent Courses

Autism Spectrum Disorders For Speech Language Pathologists
Introduction To Speech Science
Speech And Hearing Science

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Child Language Acquisition
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Semantic development in typical and atypical populations

Research Interests

Word Association and lexical organization in individuals with autism

Vocabulary development and associative language in individuals with autism

Language processing in individuals with autism

Grants/Sponsored Research

American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Pathways Program Grant. 3rd Annual mentorship program. Sponsored by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Travel and training fellowship for early clinician scientists, with a focus on developing grant writing skills.

Adelphi University. Faculty Development Grant. A $1,500, one-year grant to support research on Word Association of Time-Altered Auditory and Visual Stimuli in Autism (with Robert Goldfarb).

Organization of Autism Research. The $2,000, one-year grant supported doctoral research in the area of word association in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

City University of New York, Graduate Center. The $18,000 grant supported doctoral research in the area of semantic priming and verbal fluency in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Book Chapters

McDonald, M.E., & Battaglia, D. (2015). 21st Century Classroom Resources. In E. Blue & S. McPherson (Eds.). Student, Environment, Tasks, and Technology Tools (SETT) for the Digital Learner. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Battaglia, D. (2012). The Martial Arts of Communication. In R. Goldfarb (Eds.). Translational Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. (pp. 149-154). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Refereed Articles

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Battaglia, D., & McDonald, M.E. (2016), Promoting conversation in students with autism spectrum disorders; Scripts and semantic mapping. Good Autism Practice.

McDonald, M.E., Battaglia, D., & Keane, M. (2015), Interval based prompting and PECS; Case study of a child with ASD. Speech Language Pathology Ė Applied Behavior Analysis and Standard Celeration Charting, 20 (2).

Battaglia, D., Curinga, M., Minicozzi, L., Vaughn-Shavuo, F., McCarthy, M.J., & Zarco, E.P. (2015, Spring), From Laptop to Tablet: Faculty Use of iPads for Instructions to Prepare Education Professionals. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning.

Lederer, S., & Battaglia, D (2015), Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children with Language Delays. Infants and Young Children, 28 (1), 18-31.

Battaglia, D., & McDonald, M.E. (2015, Winter), Effects of the picture exchange communication system (PECS) on maladaptive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD): A Review of the literature. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 10, 8-20.

Battaglia, D. (2015), Functional communication training in children with autism spectrum disorder. Young Exceptional Children.

Battaglia, D., Domingo, R.A., & Moravcik, G.M. (2013, Fall), Autism Related Curriculum in New York State Graduate Speech Language Pathology Programs. Excelsior. Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 8, 53-64.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Battaglia, D. & McDonald, M.E. (2015, October). Joint Attention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Challenge Early Intervention Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Battaglia, D. (2014, April). Autism Update: Classification and Treatment. NYSUT Professional Issues Forum on Healthcare, Troy, NY.

Battaglia, D., & Bainor, M. (2011, October). Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS): A Review of Treatment Efficacy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Hofstra University.

Battaglia, D (2011, March). Communication Strategies for Speech Pathologists and Teachers. St. John's University.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Battaglia, D. & Goldfarb, R. (2014). Word Association of Multimodal Stimuli in Individuals with ASD. In Annual Conference of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Orlando, FL.

Battaglia, D., & Schwartz, Richard G. (2012). Word Association in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Annual Conference of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Atlanta, GA.

Battaglia, D., Goldfarb, R., & Finik, M. (2012). Time-Altered Word Association in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Annual Conference of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Atlanta, GA.

Battaglia, Moravcik, & Domingo (2011). Autism Related Content in New York State Graduate Speech Pathology Programs. In Annual Conference of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. San Diego, California.

Battaglia, D., McDonald, M.E. & Bainor, M (2011). Impact of use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) on Functional Communication for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Literature Review. In Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Denver, Colorado.

Honors and Accomplishments

Women of Distinction Award, Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, (2015, August)

Women of Distinction in Education Award, Town of Oyster Bay (2014, March)

Academic Keys, Who's Who in Curriculum & Education, (2013, February)

Long Island Business News, 40 Under 40 Award (2013, January)

Long Island Speech Language Hearing Association, Immediate Past President Award (2011, October)

Board of Regional Association of Presidents Student Scholarship (2011, May)

Martin Gitterman Excellence in Teaching Award, CUNY Graduate Center, (2010, May)

Distinguished Alumni Award, St. Johnís University (2009, May)

Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language Hearing Association (2009, 2008, 2007, 2005)

Community and Corporate Leadership

Shannon's Fight Inc., Co-Founder and President