Postdoctoral Research Fellow
National Institutes of Health Training Grant
Sargent College at Boston University
Center of Autism Research Excellence
Sponsors: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg and Dr. Sudha Arunachalam

Originally from New Hampshire, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish as well as a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Rochester. Following my Master's degree, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain to work on the acquisition of intonation in Spanish and Catalan acquiring children.

I completed my PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University in August 2014 under the supervision of Dr. James Morgan. Following my graduate study, I spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate in the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory at Northeastern University with Dr. Rupal Patel (Lab Director). Most recently, I was awarded an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship to explore the role of prosody in autism spectrum disorders.

My research focuses on the perception and production of prosody at different stages in development and how these processes impact successful communication. The goal of my work is to provide a better understanding of how the complex interaction between prosody and meaning develops over infancy and early childhood in both typical and atypical populations.

Areas of specialization include child language acquisition, prosody, autism, phonetics and phonology, typical and atypical development, and Spanish and Catalan linguistics.

Primary Research Interests:  First language acquisition; prosody; typical and atypical development; autism; motor speech disorders; 
acoustic phonetics; intersection of intonation and information structurearticulatory phonology; Romance linguistics.

jcthor at bu dot edu
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