Haskins Laboratories

The Science of the Spoken and Written Word

Julia Irwin, Ph.D

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300 George Street, Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511-6624
203.865.6163, x311

Education

1998-2001 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institutes of Mental Health Training Grant in                        Neurobiological Disorder, Yale University Child Study Center
1998  Ph.D., Child and Developmental Psychology, University of Connecticut  
1990   B.A. Psychology, State University of New York, College at Oswego

Research Interests

My work assesses the perception, production and imitation of auditory and audiovisual speech in typical and atypical language development. I use technologies such as EEG/ERP paired with eye-tracking to extend the understanding of the neurobiological, physiological, and cognitive processes that underpin speech, language and literacy development in young children.

Representative Publications

Irwin, J., Avery, T. Turcios, J., Brancazio, L., Cook, B. & Landi, N. (submitted). Atypical phonemic discrimination but not audiovisual speech integration in children with autism and the broader autism phenotype. Proceedings from the annual meeting of the Audio Visual International Speech Association (AVISA). Stockholm, Sweden. 

Irwin, J., Avery, T. Turcios, J., Brancazio, L., Cook, B. & Landi, N. (accepted). Electrophysiological indices of audiovisual speech perception in the broader autism phenotype. Brain Sciences.

Irwin, J., Avery, T., Brancazio, L., Turcios J., Ryherd, K. & Landi, N. (accepted).  Electrophysiological Indices of Audiovisual Speech Perception: Beyond the McGurk Effect and Speech in Noise. Multisensory Research.

Turcios, J., Cook, B., Irwin, J. Rispoli, T. & Landi, N. (accepted). A familiarization protocol facilitates participation of children with ASD in electrophysiological research. Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Irwin, J. & Turcios, J. (2017). Teaching and Learning Guide for: Audiovisual speech perception: An update and implications for clinical populations. Language and Linguistics Compass. DOI: 10.1111/Inc3.12237.

Irwin, J., Brancazio, L. & Volpe, N. (2017). The Development of Gaze to a Speaking Face. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. DOI:.org/10.1121/1.4982727.

Irwin, J. & DiBlasi, L. (2017). Audiovisual speech perception: A new approach and implications for clinical populations. Language and Linguistics Compass, 11(3), 77-91. DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12237

Irwin, J.R. & Brancazio, L.. (2014). Seeing to hear? Patterns of gaze to speaking faces in children  with autism spectrum  disorders. Frontiers, Language Sciences. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00397

Irwin, J. R., J.R., Preston, J.L, Brancazio, L., D’Angelo, M. & Turcios, J. (2014). Development of an Audiovisual Speech Perception App for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. doi:10.3109/02699206.2014.966395.

Irwin, J.R. & Brancazio, L. (2014). Seeing to hear? Patterns of gaze to speaking faces in children  with autism spectrum  disorders. Frontiers, Language Sciences. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00397.

Mirman, D. Irwin, J.R. & Stephen, D. (2012) Eye Movement Dynamics and Cognitive Self   Organization in Typical    and Atypical Development. Cognitive Neurodynamics, 6, 61-73.

Irwin, J.R., Tornatore, L.A., Brancazio. L & Whalen, D.H. (2011). Can children with autism   spectrum disorders “hear” a speaking face? Child Development, 82(5) 1397-1403.

Supported Grants

2014-2017 Principal Investigator, “Neurobiological Signatures of Perception and Imitation in Children with ASD”. AREA Award, National Institutes of Health, Division of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  Awarded to Southern Connecticut State University, subcontracts to Haskins Laboratories and the University of Connecticut. 494,000 total award.

2011-2014  Principal Investigator, “Neurobiological Correlates of Audiovisual Speech Perception in Children with ASD”. National Institutes of Health, Division of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Awarded to Haskins Laboratories. 458,000 total award.

2012-2017   Investigator, “Nature of the Speech Code and Reading“  (Kenneth Pugh, PI), National  Institutes of Health, Division of  Child and Human Development (NICHD). Awarded to Haskins Laboratories. 9,000,000 total award.

Lab Director

I currently serve as the Director of the Language Evaluation and Assessment Research Network (LEARN) Center at Haskins Laboratories.

Demo of AV speech McGurk type stimuli: Visual /ga/ paired with Auditory /ma/.