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Julia Parish-Morris, PhD
Julia Parish-Morris

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.



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The research interests of Dr. Parish-Morris include language development, social attention, and the interactive effects of language and social motivation on higher social cognition (e.g., Theory of Mind). Her recent projects include assessing social motivation and language development using infrared eye tracking, studying growth trajectories of receptive and expressive language in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), examining the moderating effects of language on intervention outcomes in 3- to 5-year-olds with ASD, and applying computational linguistics methods to pinpoint a "linguistic signature" of autism.

Dr. Parish-Morris's long-term research goals are to identify the mechanisms that underlie pragmatic language impairment and social communication difficulty in neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan, chart relationships between these domains and functional impairment, inform individualized treatments, and contribute to early identification efforts.

Education and Training

BA, Smith College (Psychology, Linguistics), 2003

PhD, Temple University (Developmental Psychology), 2011

Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (Psycholinguistics, Autism), 2013

Titles and Academic Titles


Research Assistant Professor of Psychology

Professional Memberships

International Congress of Infant Studies, 2004-

Society for Research in Child Development, 2004-

Society for Language Development, 2005-

International Society for Autism Research, 2009-

Professional Awards

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

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