Department of
Communication Sciences & Disorders

Margaret T Kamowski-Shakibai

Assistant Professor of
Communication Sciences and Disorders

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    Presenting with MMC CSD graduate '14, J. Ancelle at the ASHA Convention 2013
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    Presenting with MMC CSD students at the ASHA Convention 2013. (from L to R: L. Sevilla, S. Kienemund, O.Centeno)
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    CSD students presenting at Honors Day 2015
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    NSSLHA fundraising event: Walk 4 Hearing
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    CSD Students at the Pace University Undergraduate Research Conference 2013

Margaret Shakibai earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Marymount Manhattan College in 2001. She earned a Master’s of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from William Paterson University.  She is licensed by the states of New Jersey and New York and certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association as a speech language pathologist.  She holds NJ certification as a speech language specialist. She has worked with children with a range of communication disorders, including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Before joining the faculty at Marymount Manhattan, she taught at Brooklyn College and William Paterson University. She also served as a research associate and later as a post doctoral fellow at the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying maturation of language processing abilities from infancy through adulthood.



Assistant Professor of
Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders





B.A., Marymount Manhattan College

M.Phil., City University of New York, Graduate Center

Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center

M.S. William Paterson University

Recent Work

Kamowski-Shakibai, M.T. & Cairns, H.S. (2015) Kindergarteners can be taught to detect lexical ambiguities. Journal of Child Language, 1-15. doi:10.1017/S030500091500015X

Kamowski-Shakibai, M.T., Magaldi, N.M., Kollia, B. (2015). Parent-reported use of assisted reproduction technology, infertility, and incidence of autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Vol. 9, 77-95. doi 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.10.009

Magaldi, N., Kamowski-Shakibai, M.T, Kollia, B. (2014). A preliminary report on assistive reproductive technology and the rise in autism spectrum disorders. Autism Spectrum Quarterly. Winter, 44-45, 48.


Research Interests:

  • Speech segmentation and processing abilities of typically- and atypically-developing infants
  • Language acquisition and processing abilities of typically- and atypically-developing infants and children
  • Early identification and intervention of children at-risk for language disorders, reading difficulty, and autism spectrum disorders
  • Etiology of autism spectrum disorders


Teaching Interests:

  • Speech, language, and communication development and disorders
  • Literacy development and disorders
  • Research design and methodologies