How do children acquire language? What do they sound like as they first begin to speak? My research focuses on the perception and production of prosody (i.e., the melody and rhythm of speech) at different stages in development and how these processes impact successful communication.
The goal of my work is to provide a better understanding of how the complex interaction between prosody and meaning develops over infancy and early childhood in both typical and atypical populations. Most recently, I have studied these differences in children with autism spectrum disorder who show impairments in social communication.
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My research focuses on social communication, or the use of language and nonverbal communication, in social interactions. The goal of my work is to improve our understanding of social communication and the cognitive factors that contribute to successful communicative interactions, including social cognition and executive functions. My laboratory, the Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Lab (SoCIALab) focuses on developing innovative assessments and treatments for social communication disorders, especially in individuals with autism spectrum disorder or traumatic brain injury.
Analyzing discourse-level language in healthy adults and those with communication disorders, including traumatic brain injury, aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, and autism spectrum disorder.
Developing new discourse-level assessments and analyses to examine social communication in individuals with social communication disorders.