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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

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

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): 1-16, 2022.

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, 2022.

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 1(10): 1-10, 2019.

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.: 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.

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.

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., 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.

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