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Megan Deaver, PhD

"As a Hampton Roads native, I am excited to be returning to CHKD. I feel lucky to be a part of a system that continually works to improve the lives of our community's children."

Megan Deaver, PhD

(757) 668-7473

Doctorate: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Postdoctoral Training: Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Duke University School of Medicine


Megan Deaver, PhD, s a licensed psychologist who provides both assessment and therapy to children and adolescents. Dr. Deaver has extensive assessment experience, particularly in providing developmental assessments for children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Additionally, she has training in early intervention models for treating ASD.

Dr. Deaver was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. She completed her postdoctoral training at Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.

Research Area
  • Early autism assessment and treatment 
  • Comorbidities in Developmental Disorders 
  • Social Emotional Development
Clinical Interests
  • Early autism assessment and treatment 
  • Comorbidities in Developmental Disorders

Dawson, G., Sun, J., Baker, J., Carpenter, K., Compton, S., Deaver, M., Franz, L., Heilbron, N., Herold, B., Horrigan, J., Howard, J., Kosinski, A., Major, S., Murias, M., Page, K., Prasad, V., Sabatos-DeVito, M., Sanfilippo, F., Sikich, L, Simmons, R., Song, A., Vermeer, S., Waters-Pick, B., Troy, J. & Kurtzberg, J. (2020). A phase II randomized clinical trial of the safety and efficacy of intravenous umbilical cord blood infusion for treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder. The Journal of Pediatrics.

    Awards and Honors
    • Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship, National Register of Health Service Psychologists, 2018
    • Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2015
    • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, 2015
    • Association of University Centers on Disabilities Trainee Scholarship, 2014
    • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship, 2014-2015
    • Ira J. and Esther L. Gordon Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014
    • Virginia Education Scholarship-Loan Program Recipient, 2008-2009
    • Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award, 2006
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