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Julia Parish-Morris

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
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.
Post-Graduate Training
Penn-PORT Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2013.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Autism Research, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2014-2016.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Parish-Morris is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at 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 and related neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. 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 the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at CHOP and a member of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Selected Publications

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(1): 48, 2017.

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., Sariyanidi, E., Zampella, C., Bartley, G.K., Ferguson, E., Pallathra, A.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. Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic Page: 147–157, June 2018.

Marrus, N., Hall, L.P., Paterson, S.J., Elison, J.T., Wolff, J.J., Swanson, M.R., Parish-Morris, J., Eggebrecht, A.T., Pruett, J.R. Jr., Hazlett, H.C., Zwaigenbaum, L., Dager, S., Estes, A.M., Schultz, R.T., Botteron, K.N., Piven, J., Constantino, J.N., the IBIS Network: Language delay aggregates in toddler siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 10(1): 1-16, October 2018 Notes: doi: 10.1186/s11689-018-9247-8.

Boorse, J., Cola, M., Plate, S., Yankowitz, L., Pandey, J., Schultz, R.T. and Parish-Morris, J. : Linguistic Markers of Autism in Girls: Evidence of a “Blended Phenotype” During Storytelling. Molecular Autism 10(14): 1-12, 2019.

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.

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 1(10): 1-10, 2019.

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 2016: 2100-2107, May 2016.

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, March 2018.

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.

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