Jie Ren, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow,

Neuroplasticity and Autism Spectrum Disorder Program,

Alpert Medical School, Brown University

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Education 

2016 Ph.D. Brown University (Cognitive Science). 

2014 M.A. Brown University (Biostatistics)



Appointments

February 2016--present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Alpert Medical School, Brown University

June 2014--presentLecturer, School of Professional Studies, Brown University



Research Interests 

Language acquisition and cognitive development of preterm infants

Cognitive development of infants with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD

Computational modeling of infant language learning and cognitive development



Selected Ongoing Projects 

“Who is myself?”: Cross-linguistic studies on hierarchy and dynamics of self-referential processing for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Assessment of developing speech perception and attention disorders in preterm infants: Evidence from recent advanced neuro-physiological methods

Meta-analysis and systematic review on infants’ and adults’ perceptual asymmetry: Evaluating findings from ERPs and MEG data. 



Published Conference Proceedings and Book Chapters 

Ren, J. (To appear). Segmental and Suprasegmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Paper to appear in the 40th Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L. (2012). The Devil in the Details: Underspecification in Infants’ and Adults’ Lexical Representations. 36th Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, (pp. 500-511), Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L. (2011). Developmental Continuity in Early Lexical Representation. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII) (pp. 1686-1689), August, Hong Kong.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L. (2011). Do Infants have MORE detailed Lexical Representation than Adults? Proceedings of the 47th Chicago Linguistic Society Annual Meeting, Volume 47, number 2, (pp. 185-192). Chicago, Illinois: MetaPress.




Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Ren, J.(2016). Segmental and Suprasegmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Invited Talk at MUUSLAW Language Acquisition Worrkshop, April 2016, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Ren, J. (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited Colloquium Speech at The Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS). December 31st, 2015, Beijing, China.

Ren, J. (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited Seminar Talk at Beijing Normal University. December 29th, 2015, Beijing, China.

Ren (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited Seminar Speech at Department of Linguistics. December 10th 2015, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Ren (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited talk at Language and Cognition Lab. December 7th, 2015, Stanford University, CA.

Ren, J. 
& Morgan, J.L. (2015). Segmental and Suprasegmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Paper presented at Boston University Conference on Language Development, 40, November 2015, Boston, MA.

Ren, J. (2015). Infants’ Early Lexical Representation. Invited Talk at the Department of Linguistics, Boston University, October 21st, Boston, MA.

Ren, J., (2015). Consonants and Tones in 19-month-olds' Lexicon. Invited Poster Presentation at the Young Scholar Conference in Brain Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Ren, J. (2015). The Devil in the Detail: Underspecification in Toddlers' and Adults' Lexical Representations. Invited Talk at The Gibson Lab, MIT. April 2015, Cambridge, MA.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2014). Developmental Continuity in Lexical representations. Poster presented at the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development, November 2014, Boston, MA.

Ren, J., & Morgan, J.L. (2014). Developmental (Dis)Continuity in the Nature of Human Lexical Representations. Poster presented at XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, July 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2014). Interpreting Language Universal Constraints with Bayesian Inference. Paper presented at the proceedings of 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2013). Resolving Asymmetric Findings on Asymmetries in Infant Speech Perception. The 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, April 2013, Seattle, WA.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2013). Segmental and Supra-segmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Paper presented at the proceedings of 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 2013, Boston, MA.

Morgan, J.L. & Ren, J. (2012). Speech Sound Frequency and Speech Sound Discrimination. XVIII Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, June 2012, Minneapolis, MN.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L.(2011). Developmental Continuity in Early Lexical Representation. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), August, 2011, Hong Kong.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L.(2011). Do Infants have MORE detailed Lexical Representation as Adults? Paper presented at the 47th Chicago Linguistic Society Annual Meeting, April 2011, Chicago, IL.

Ren, J & Morgan, J.L.(2011). Infants' Representation of Word-Final Consonants (Poster). The 2011 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, March 2011, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Ren, J., Gao, L & Morgan, J.L.(2010). Mandarin Speakers' Knowledge of the Sonority Sequencing Principle. The XX Colloquium of Generative Grammar, March 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

Ren, J., & Gao, L (2008). On Stress Assignment Algorithms of Mandarin Disyllabic Compound Words. The 7th Pan-Asiatic International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics, December 2008, Guangzhou, China.

Ren, J., & Gao, L (2008). Syntax is Free from Phonology--The Prosodic-driven PF Movement Hypothesis. The 12th Symposium on Contemporary Linguistics, October 2008, Wuhan, China.

Ren, J., & Gao, L (2008). Phonological Grammar is Categorical and Gradient (Poster). The International Symposium of Phonetic Frontiers, April 2008, Beijing, China.



Journal Manuscripts under Review/Revision 

Ren, J., Cohen-Priva, U. & Morgan, J. L. (revised submission). The Devil in the Details: (A)symmetries in Infants' Early Lexical Representations. 

Ren, J., & Gao, L (under revision). Mandarin Speakers' Knowledge of the Sonority Sequencing Principle. Paper submitted to Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Ren, J., (Submitted). Segmental and Supra-segmental Details in Early Lexical Representations.

Ren, J., Austerweil, J. A. (In preparation). Interpreting Infant Perceptual Narrowing using Dirichlet Process. 



Grants, Academic Honors, and Awards 

2012-2015: Open Graduate Education Award ($76,000), Brown University.

2011-2012: Spoken word recognition in language acquisition: Mandarin tones ($2,500). Funding Source: The Graduate School Research Foundation for International Collaboration, Brown University. Role: Principle Investigator (PI).

2011-2012: Research Award for International Collaboration ($1000), Brown University.

2011-2012: International Affairs Conference Travel Award ($1000), Brown University.

2004-2005: National Award for Excellent University Students of China (¥8300).

2002 & 2004: Excellent Students Leader Award, National Education Administration of China.



Teaching Experience 


Upcoming: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students. 

Summer2015: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students. 

Summer2014: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, 
Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students.

Fall2013: Instructor for Math0050, Community College of Rhode Island. Responsibility: Teaching college level math in the Women’s Maximum Security Prison, Rhode Island Department of Correction.

Spring2012: Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Cognitive Neurological Science (CLPS0400), Brown University. Responsibility: homework grading, exam grading, and question answering.

Fall2012: Teaching Assistant for Quantitative Methods in Psychology (CLPS0900), Brown University. Responsibility: teaching statistic software using, exam making, homework grading, exam grading, and question answering.

Spring2011: Teaching Assistant for Quantitative Methods in Psychology (CLPS0900), Brown University. Responsibility: lab instructor (teaching weekly lab sessions), teaching statistic software,, exam making, homework grading, exam grading, and question answering.

Fall2010: Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Cognitive Science (CLPS0100), Brown University. Responsibility: exam making, essay grading, exam grading, and question answering.

2007-2009: Instructor for Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program, Beijing, China. Responsibility: teaching (in English) Australian young ambassadors Chinese languages and culture adaptation.

2007-2009: TOEFL Teacher at Global IELTS School. Responsibility: teaching (in English) college students TOEFL writing.

Spring 2006: Academic Secretary at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China. Responsibility: Assisting laboratory development and reviewing research proposals.

Fall 2005: Chinese Teacher at No.10 Middle School, Shijiazhuang, China. =Responsibility: teaching middle school students Chinese literature and linguistics.
 



Guest Lecture Teaching                                                                                                           

Spring 2013:”Infant Acquisition of Native Phonetic Categories and its Application in Early Word Learning.” Public lecture given to Young Parents at Brown University Community.

Spring 2013: “The Devil in Detail: Underspecifcation in Infants’ Early Lexical Representations”. CLPS1210), Brown University.

Fall 2011: “Doing Statistical Analysis of Parametric and Non-parametric Data using SPSS”. CLPS0900), Brown University.

Fall 2010: “Developmental Continuity in Infant Early Lexical Representations” CLPS0200, Brown University.

Fall 2010: “Searching Relevant Literature and Citations in Cognitive Science Studies” CLPS0200, Brown University.



Pedagogical Training 


2012-2013: Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning Certificate I (Developing a reflective teaching practice & adapting to learning styles).

2008-2009: Advanced Certificate for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. National Chinese Education Administration, China.

2005-2006: Certificate for Middle School Instructor. National Administration of Education, China.



External Appointments 


2011: Visiting Research Associate at the Chinese Academy of Social Science. 

2014-2015: Vice-President of Treasurer, Graduate Student Council, Brown University.

2010-2014: Vice-Treasurer, Graduate Student Council, Brown University.

2011-2012: English-Chinese Interpreter, Department of Education, Brown University.



Skills 

Computer: Proficient in R, SAS, and Matlab programming; elementary level in Python.

Statistics: Specialized in advanced statistical methods for neuro-physiological data analysis.

Music: Professional opera singer (soprano).


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