Dr. Teresa Meehan

"Language is the voice of the mind. It is a reflection of the energy we hold in our consciousness and emerges as our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors."

Academic Works

This page includes some of my academic works, both published and unpublished. I am forever grateful to my mentor, Dr. Vera John-Steiner, and other colleagues with whom I have had the opportunity to collaborate and explored shared ideas. It is the culmination of these experiences that increased my love for the study of thought and language.

These articles are free to download. Please just give credit where credit is due when referencing the content.

Applying a Functional Systems Approach to the Study of Language Development
Author: Teresa Meehan
(Published in Constructing a Community of Thought: Letters on the Scholarship, Teaching, and Mentoring of Vera John-Steiner, 2013, Edited by Robert Lake and M. Cathrene Connery, 81-86.)

This article was written as a tribute to my mentor, Dr. Vera John-Steiner, who dedicated much of her academic career to the study of language development in the context shared socio-cultural experiences.

The Role of Metaphor in the Co-Construction of Collaborative Experience
Authors: Vera John-Steiner, Christopher Shank, and Teresa Meehan
(Published in Narrative Interaction, 2005, Edited by Uta M. Quasthoff and Tabea Becker, Studies in Narrative, Vol 5, 169-195) (Note: This material is copyright protected by John Benjamins Publishing Company.)

This study focuses on the narrative reconstruction of joint endeavors. It involves the analysis of discourse patterns and metaphors from dyadic interviews of long-time collaborators. An analysis of gender-specific metaphors showed that women described the collaborative dynamics in more fluid, positive and integrative terms, while men had more metaphors dedicated to negotiation and dialogue.

Prenatal Substance Exposure: Effect on Dyadic Interaction
(Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, The University of New Mexico, 1999.)

An examination of the dynamics of mother-child communicative interaction in the context of prenatal exposure to drugs using a functional systems approach as an alternative to theoretical models that focus on dichotomous relationships.

A Functional Systems Approach to Concept Development
Authors: Vera John-Steiner, Teresa Meehan, and Holbrook Mahn
(Published in Mind, Culture and Activity, 1998, Vol 5. (2), 127-134.)

A study the draws an analogy between the processes of acquiring a first and second language and acquiring everyday and scientific concepts. Our analysis is grounded in a functional systems approach that allows us to conceptualize everyday and scientific concepts as an interconnected dynamic system rather than as separate processes implied by dichotomous relationships.

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