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Alison Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Admin Unit: Center for Spoken Language (CSE/EE)
Phone: 503-346-3756
Fax: 503-346-3754
Office: Gaines Hall Room 17
Mail Code: GH 40
Computer Science & Engineering
Research Interests:
Preceptor Rotations
Dr. Hill has not indicated availability for preceptor rotations at this time.
Faculty Mentorship
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My research focuses on how babies and young children engage with others through the coordination of gestures, motor movements, affect, and gaze. Currently, this question takes me in three directions. First, I am interested in tracking the typical and atypical (e.g., babies at risk for autism, language impairment) development of the coordination of these behaviors through the application of novel sensor-based technology we have been pilot-testing at the Center for Spoken Language Understanding with Dr. Jan van Santen. Second, I am interested in whether and how the ability to coordinate behaviors cross-modally is linked to development in other domains such as motor, language, and social-cognitive skills. Third, I am studying rhythmic engagement between caregivers and infants at risk for developing autism, through analysis of dyadic vocal and motor coordination patterns. Across all projects, I combine instrumental and observational measures of behavior.