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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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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

Professional Memberships

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

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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