Meagan Ruth Talbott, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Meagan Ruth Talbott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Residence

Faculty, MIND Institute




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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Talbott's research focuses on gesture and language development, early identification and treatment of ASD, and telehealth approaches to evaluating infant development and treatment efficacy. She is currently studying the utility of a telehealth-based assessment for identifying infants at high likelihood of ASD, and the developmental trajectories and clinical outcomes of infants with very early behavioral markers of ASD. The overall goal of this work is to improve early identification practices and to develop and test telehealth-mediated interventions to support families during a period of diagnostic uncertainty.


General Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute

Undergraduate School

B.S., Psychology, UC Davis, Davis CA 2007

Other School

Ph.D., Psychology, Boston University, Boston PA 2014


T32 Autism Research Training Program, UC Davis Health/MIND Institute, Sacramento CA 2014-2016

MIND Institute INSAR Travel Award, 2019

UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholar Association Travel Award, 2018

NARSAD Young Investigator Award: Neural Correlates of Behavioral Treatment for Toddlers with ASD, 2017

NIMH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow: UC Davis Autism Research Training Program (ARTP), 2014, 2015, 2016

Felicia Sorembe Lambros Scholarship, Boston University Department of Psychology, 2014

Selected publications are listed below. A full list of Dr. Talbott's publications can be found at:

Rogers SJ, Stahmer A, Talbott M, Young G, Fuller E, Pellecchia M, Barber A, Griffith E. Feasibility of delivering parent-implemented NDBI interventions in low-resource regions: a pilot randomized controlled study. J Neurodev Disord. 2022 Jan 5;14(1):3. doi:10.1186/s11689-021-09410-0. PMID:34986782.

Talbott MR, Dufek S, Young G, Rogers SJ. Leveraging telehealth to evaluate infants with prodromal autism spectrum disorder characteristics using the telehealth evaluation of development for infants. Autism. 2021 Sep 22:13623613211045596. doi:10.1177/13623613211045596. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34549613.

Talbott MR, Miller MR. Future Directions for Infant Identification and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder from a Transdiagnostic Perspective. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2020 Sep-Oct;49(5):688-700. doi:10.1080/15374416.2020.1790382. Epub 2020 Jul 23. PMID:32701034.

Talbott MR, Dufek S, Zwaigenbaum L, Bryson S, Brian J, Smith IM, Rogers SJ. Brief Report: Preliminary Feasibility of the TEDI: A Novel Parent-Administered Telehealth Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms in the First Year of Life. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Sep;50(9):3432-3439. doi:10.1007/s10803-019-04314-4. PMID:31776881.

Talbott MR, Young GS, Munson J, Estes A, Vismara LA, Rogers SJ. The Developmental Sequence and Relations Between Gesture and Spoken Language in Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Dev. 2020 May;91(3):743-753. doi:10.1111/cdev.13203. Epub 2018 Dec 31. PMID:30597550.

Rogers SJ, Estes A, Lord C, Munson J, Rocha M, Winter J, Greenson J, Colombi C, Dawson G, Vismara LA, Sugar CA, Hellemann G, Whelan F, Talbott M. A Multisite Randomized Controlled Two-Phase Trial of the Early Start Denver Model Compared to Treatment as Usual. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 Sep;58(9):853-865. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2019.01.004. Epub 2019 Jan 24. PMID:30768394.

Rogers SJ, Estes A, Vismara L, Munson J, Zierhut C, Greenson J, Dawson G, Rocha M, Sugar C, Senturk D, Whelan F, Talbott M. Enhancing Low-Intensity Coaching in Parent Implemented Early Start Denver Model Intervention for Early Autism: A Randomized Comparison Treatment Trial. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Feb;49(2):632-646. doi:10.1007/s10803-018-3740-5. PMID:30203308.

Talbott MR, Nelson CA, Tager-Flusberg H. Maternal Vocal Feedback to 9-Month-Old Infant Siblings of Children with ASD. Autism Res. 2016 Apr;9(4):460-70. doi:10.1002/aur.1521. Epub 2015 Jul 14. PMID:26174704.

Talbott MR, Nelson CA, Tager-Flusberg H. Diary Reports of Concerns in Mothers of Infant Siblings of Children with Autism Across the First Year of Life. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Jul;45(7):2187-99. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2383-z. PMID:25703030.