Research Interests: Nature and development of the relationship between gesture and speech; infant vocal-motor activity as a potential precursor of the gesture-speech link; motor and communicative development in infants at increased biological risk for autism spectrum disorders; early identification of developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders.
Accepting Graduate Students: Yes
Infant Communication Lab
Studies of the relationship between speech and gesture and developmental precursors in typically-developing children and children with, or at risk for, developmental disorders.
Director: Jana Iverson, PhD
Location: 3311 Sennott Square
Pittsburgh Early Autism Study
We are studying infants who have an older sibling diagnosed with an austism spectrum disorder (ASD) to look for infant behaviors that may predict a later ASD diagnosis. Family home videos of children later diagnosed with ASD suggest that diagnostic signs of ASD may emerge within the first year of life.
Contact: 1-866-647-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Student Advisees
- Leezenbaum, Nina
- Northrup, Jessie
- West, Kelsey
- Emily Roemer
- PhD, University of Chicago
- Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award (2007)
Sheinkopf, S.J., Iverson, J.M., Rinaldi, M.L., & Lester, B.M (in press). Atypical cry acoustics in 6-month old infants at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research.
Iverson, J.M. & Braddock, B.A. (2011). Links between language, gesture, and motor skill in children with language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 72-86.
ParladÕ©, M.V. & Iverson, J.M. (2011). The interplay between language, affect, and gesture during communicative transition: A dynamic systems approach. Developmental Psychology, 47, 820-833.
Iverson, J.M. (2010). Developing language in a developing body: The relationship between motor development and language development. Journal of Child Language, 37, 229-261.
ParladÕ©, M.V., & Iverson, J.M. (in press). The reorganization of communicative behavior around the onset of the vocabulary spurt. Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics.
Iverson, J.M., Capirci, O., Volterra, V., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2008). Learning to talk in a gesture-rich world: Early communication of Italian vs. American children. First Language, 28, 164-181.
Stefanini, S., Bello, A., Caselli, M.C., Iverson, J.M., & Volterra, V. (2009). Co-speech gestures in a naming task: Developmental data. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24, 168-189.
Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S., Lord, C., Rogers, S., Carter, A., Chawarska, K., Dawson, G., Fein, D., Iverson, J., Landa, R., Stone, W., & Yirmiya, N. (2009). Clinical assessment and management of toddlers with suspected ASD: Insights from studies of high-risk infants. Pediatrics, 123, 1383-1391.
Iverson, J.M., Hall, A.J., & Nickel, L., & Wozniak, R.H. (2007). The relationship between onset of reduplicated babble and laterality biases in infant rhythmic arm movements. Brain and Language, 101, 198-207.
Iverson, J.M. & Wozniak, R.H. (2007). Variation in vocal-motor development in infant siblings of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 158-170.