Tanya is a speech-language pathologist, and a doctoral student at Ben Gurion University under the joint supervision of Ilan Dinstein, Gal Meiri, and Judah Koller. Tanya's doctorate focuses on the role of language in diagnosis and development of among autistic children. Tanya is also a recognized Social ABCs coach and part of the Azrieli National Center of Autism and Neurodevelopment, where she conducts language and ADOS assessments for children referred for an autism diagnosis. Prior to her PhD, Tanya received her MA in the Department of Communication Disorders at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University, and her BA in communication disorders at the Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. Tanya lives with Ariel and her daughters Geffen and Maya in Lehavim. She enjoys traveling in Israel and around the world, hanging out with friends and family, listening to music, reading, and cooking.
Recent Presentations and Publications
Nitzan, T., Koller, J., Ilan, M., Faroy, M., Michaelovski, A., Menashe, I., Meiri, G. & Dinstein, I. (2022). The importance of language delays for early ASD diagnosis. International Society for Autism Research
Nitzan, T., Levi, L., Dayan, R., Khalil, D., & Koller, J. (2023). Family accommodation of RRBs among children with autism and disruptive behavior: Contributing child characteristics. Israel Meeting for Autism Research
Nitzan, T., Koller, J., Ilan, M., Faroy, M., Michaelovski, A., Menashe, I., Dinstein, I., & Meiri, G. (2022). Early ASD diagnosis is associated with larger language impairments in public healthcare settings. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities