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Mrs. Marra has been a practicing speech-language pathologist in the Pittsburgh area since 1984. She was worked in both inpatient and outpatient facilities treating adults with neurological impairments and children with speech and language impairments.

At Duquesne, Mrs. Marra is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Language Disorders and Autism Clinic where she supervises graduate students in the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental language disorders. In addition, Mrs. Marra teaches Speech and Language Development to undergraduate students. In the course, she instills the student's learning of the fundamental theories, terminology and stages related to typical language development in children.


  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Kent State University, 1984
  • B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology, Duquesne University, 1982

Research Interests or Expertise

  • Autism
  • Developmental Language Disorders
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • Written Language Disorders (Reading and Writing)


"Language Interventions," Co-author of chapter in book Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oxford Press, 2011.

"Formative Feedback for Clinical Documentation in a University Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program," Co-author of article in Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, Fall 2010.

"Developing Narrative & Expository Discourse Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders" Co-presenter with Williams, D.L., Duquesne University Research-Clinical Practice Workshop, October 2014.

Developing Narrative & Expository Discourse Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Co-presenter with Williams, D.L., 2 hour seminar, ASHA National convention, Orlando, November 2014.

"Relationship of Social Cognition, Language and Executive Functions with Theory of Mind in HFA" co-author with Wendelken, Williams, Gastgeb, Poster session, ASHA National Convention, Chicago, November 2013.

"Treatment Efficacy of Combined Dialogic Reading and Scripting for a Child with Moderate-Severe Communication Impairment" co-author with Horvath, Williams, Wallace, Poster session, ASHA National Convention, Chicago, November 2013.

"Formative Assessment of Clinical Documentation Skills," Poster Session presented at American Speech, Language and Hearing National Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2009.

"Speech and Language Assessment in Early Childhood," Presentation to doctoral students in School of Education at Duquesne University, October, 2010.

"Strategy Teaching: Word Retrieval and Discourse Deficits," Presentation to Allegheny County Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 2009.