Graduate Studies Faculty
Alison Hill, Ph.D.
Programs:Computer Science & Engineering
Preceptor RotationsDr. Hill has not indicated availability for preceptor rotations at this time.
Faculty MentorshipDr. Hill has not indicated availability as a mentor at this time.
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.