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Nancy McIntyre, PhD is an Assistant Professor and researcher who has worked with children and adolescents with diverse backgrounds and needs in educational and clinical settings in California and North Carolina.  She received her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Learning and Mind Sciences at the University of California, Davis, where she studied social communication, language, and literacy development for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.  She has published and presented in the US and internationally on language and reading profiles, reading comprehension impairments, reading interventions, and evidence-based practices (EBPs) for school-aged children with autism or those with or at risk for reading disabilities.

McIntyre is a former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC Chapel Hill and LEND Fellow at the UC Davis MIND Institute where she investigated evidence-based practices, reading disabilities, and comprehensive reading interventions for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders.  She also directed clinical reading evaluations and reading intervention services at the UC Davis Reading and Academic Development Center.


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis

Nancy McIntyre’s research interests focus on improving outcomes in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and/or reading disabilities through investigating the developmental nature of literacy challenges and identifying targets for intervention. She studies language, social communication, and cognitive underpinnings of reading comprehension and develops reading comprehension and social communication interventions for school-aged children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

McIntyre also investigates classroom-based comprehensive reading interventions for young struggling readers and professional development and implementation support for educators and specialists working with students with or at risk for reading disabilities.

McIntyre utilizes longitudinal, cross-sectional, and systematic review descriptive research methodologies; she employs group and single case research designs as well as mixed methods for intervention work. She often collaborates with stakeholders and researchers in other disciplines to increase the applicability and reach of her research.

Areas of Specialty
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Reading Disability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Social Communication
  • Language And Literacy
Research Lab Affiliations
  • SPA 6843: Severe Language-Based Reading and Writing Disorders

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