Julia Irwin, Ph.D
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
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.
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. & 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.
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.
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.
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/.