Julia Parish-Morris, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry

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Center for Autism Research
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 267-425-1175
BA (Psychology)
Smith College, 2003.
PhD (Developmental Psychology)
Temple University, 2011.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Parish-Morris is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology with the Perelman School of Medicine and Scientist with the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. Her primary research interests are language development, social attention, and the interactive effects of language and social motivation on higher social cognition (e.g., Theory of Mind). Recent projects include 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. 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. Her 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. Julia is a member of DBHi and CHOP's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Selected Publications

Swanson, M. R., Boyd, B., Shen, M. D., Clements, M., Rehg, J., Elison, J., Paterson, S., Parish-Morris, J., Chappell, J. C., Hazlett, H., Emerson, R., Botteron, K., Pandey, J., Schultz, R., Dager, S., Zwaigenbaum, L., Estes, A., & Piven, J. for the IBIS Network.: Naturalistic Language Recordings Reveal "Hypervocal" Infants at High Familial Risk for Autism. Child Development 89(2): e60-e73, Mar 2018.

Pallathra, A.A., Calkins, M.E., Parish-Morris, J., Maddox B.B., Perez L.S., Miller J., Gur R.C., Mandell D.S., Schultz R.T., Brodkin, E.S.: Defining behavioral components of social functioning in adults with autism spectrum disorder as targets for treatment. Autism Research 11(3): 488-502, Mar 2018.

Parish-Morris, J., Solórzano, R., Ravindran, V., Sazawal, V., Turnacioglu, S., Zitter, A., Miller, J.S. & McCleery, J.: Immersive Virtual Reality to Improve Police Interaction Skills in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Preliminary Results of a Feasibility and Safety Trial. Proc of the 23rd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference 2018 Notes: In Press.

Parish-Morris, J., Sariyanidi, E., Zampella, C., Bartley, G.K., Ferguson, E., Pallathra, Ashley A., Bateman, L., Plate, S., Cola, M., Pandey, J., Brodkin, E.S., Schultz, R.T. & Tunc, B. : Oral-Motor and Lexical Diversity During Naturalistic Conversations in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Proc N Am Assoc Computational Linguistics, Comp Ling and Clin Psych 2018 Notes: In Press.

Parish-Morris, J., Liberman, M.Y., Cieri, C., Herrington, J., Yerys, B.E., Donaher, J., Bateman, L., Ferguson, E., Pandey, J., & Schultz, R.T. : Linguistic camouflage in girls with autism spectrum disorder. Molecular Autism 8: 48, 2017.

Parish-Morris, J., Liberman, M., Ryant, N., Cieri, C., Bateman, L., Ferguson, E., & Schultz, R.T.: Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorders using HLT. Proc N Am Assoc Computational Linguistics, Comp Ling and Clin Psych Page: 74-84, 2016.

Parish-Morris, J., Cieri, C., Liberman, M., Bateman, L., Ferguson, E., & Schultz, R.T. : Building Language Resources for Exploring Autism Spectrum Disorders. Proc Eur Language Resources Assoc, Lang Resources and Eval Page: 2100-2107, 2016.

Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., McVey, A., Rump, K., Sasson, N., Herrington, J., & Schultz, R.T. : Measuring social attention and motivation in autism spectrum disorder using eye-tracking: Stimulus type matters. Autism Research 8(5): 620-8, Oct 2015.

Parish-Morris, J., Chevallier, C., Tonge, N., Letzen, J., Pandey, J., Schultz, R.T.: Visual attention to dynamic faces and objects is linked to face processing skills: A combined study of children with autism and controls. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology 4(185): 1-7, 2013.

Chevallier, C., Parish-Morris, J., Tonge, N., Le, L., Miller, J., & Schultz, R.T. : Susceptibility to the audience effect explains performance gap between children with and without autism in a theory of mind task. Journal of Experimental Psychology - General 143(3): 972-9, Jun 2014.

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