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Dr. Parish-Morris investigates social communication, specifically how vocal communication develops in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. She uses computational approaches and machine learning to identify objective and reliable behavioral markers for use in screening, treatment and intervention response tracking, and to advance biological research.
Julia Parish-Morris, PhD is assistant professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a scientist at the Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Using techniques such as computational linguistics, immersive virtual reality, and infrared eye tracking, Dr. Parish-Morris' research program employs advanced technologies to explore the intersection of language and social cognition in children with neurodevelopmental conditions like autism, with a special focus on gender/sex differences. Her long-term research goals are to identify the mechanisms that underlie real-world conversation challenges across the lifespan, chart relationships between these challenges and functional outcomes, inform individualized supports, and contribute to early identification efforts.
Dr. Parish-Morris' research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Autism Science Foundation, MindCORE, the National Science Foundation, the Eagles Charitable Trust, and industry sponsors. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Autism Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, Alavi Dabiri Award, and an Award of Excellence from the Center for Autism Research.
Education and Training
BA, Smith College (Psychology, Linguistics), 2003
PhD, Temple University (Developmental Psychology), 2011
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (Psycholinguistics, Autism), 2011-2016
Titles and Academic Titles
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Social Attention and Language (SoAL) Lab
International Society for Autism Research
Association for Computational Linguistics
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
International Congress of Infant Studies
Society for Research in Child Development
Society for Language Development
International Meeting for Autism Research Diversity Travel Award, 2011
Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2013
Award of Excellence, Center for Autism Research, 2014
Autism Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2014