Julia Parish-Morris, PhD

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Social Attention and Language (SoAL) Lab, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, CHOP
Department: Psychiatry

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Center for Autism Research
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 215-870-1416
BA (Psychology)
Smith College, 2003.
PhD (Developmental Psychology)
Temple University, 2011.
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Description of Research Expertise

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.

Selected Publications

Cho, S., Cola, M., Knox, A., Pelella, M.R., Russell, A., Hauptmann, A., Covello, M., Cieri, C., Liberman, M., Schultz, R., Parish-Morris, J.: Sex differences in the temporal dynamics of natural conversations with autistic children. Molecular Autism 14(1): 13, April 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s13229-023-00545-6.

Cola, M., Yankowitz, L.D., Tena, K., Russell, A., Bateman, L., Knox, A., Plate, S., Cubit, L.S., Zampella, C.J., Pandey, J., Schultz, R.T., Parish-Morris, J.: Friend matters: Sex differences in social language during autism diagnostic interviews. Molecular Autism 13(1): 5, January 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s13229-021-00483-1.

Burrows, C., Grzadzinski, R.L., Donovan, K., Stallworthy, I.C., Rutsohn, J., St. John, T., Marrus, N., Parish-Morris, J., MacIntyre, L., Hampton, J., Pandey, J., Shen, M., Botteron, K.N., Estes, A.E., Dager, S.R., Hazlett, H.C., Pruett, J.R., Schultz, R.T., Zwaigenbaum, L., Truong, K.N., Piven, J., Elison, J.T., the IBIS Network: A data driven approach in an unbiased sample reveals equivalent sex ratio of ASD-associated impairment in early childhood. Biological Psychiatry 92(8): 654-662, Ocotber 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2022.05.027. Epub 2022 Jun 7.

Dillon, E., Kanne, S., Landa, R., Annett, R., Bernier, R., Bradley, C.C., Carpenter, L.A., Kim, S., Parish-Morris, J. & Wodka, E.: Sex differences in autism: Examining intrinsic and extrinsic factors in children and adolescents enrolled in a national ASD cohort. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 53(4): 1305-1318, April 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05385-y. Epub 2021 Dec 2.

Putnam, O., Sasson, N., Parish-Morris, J., & Harrop, C.: Effects of Social Complexity and Gender on Social and Non-Social Attention in Male and Female Autistic Children: A Comparison of Four Eye-Tracking Paradigms. Autism Research 16(2): 315-326, February 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1002/aur.2851. Epub 2022 Nov 21.

Harrop, C., Jones, D., Zheng, S., Nowell, S., Schultz, R.T., Parish-Morris, J.: Visual Attention to Faces: Sex Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Molecular Autism 10: 28, June 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s13229-019-0276-2.

Boorse, J., Cola, M., Plate, S., Yankowitz, L., Pandey, J., Schultz, R.T., Parish-Morris, J.: Linguistic Markers of Autism in Girls: Evidence of a “Blended Phenotype” During Storytelling. Molecular Autism 10: 14, March 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s13229-019-0268-2.

Parish-Morris, J.: Computational Linguistics for Enhancing Scientific Reproducibility and Reducing Healthcare Inequities. Proc N Am Assoc Computational Linguistics, Comp Ling and Clin Psych Page: 94-102, June 2019 Notes: doi:10.18653/v1/W19-3011.

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, March 2018.

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, September 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s13229-017-0164-6.

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