Ruth Grossman

Associate Professor and Chair
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Grossman's research is focused on various aspects of face-to-face communication in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is specifically interested in how children with ASD integrate and produce verbal and nonverbal information, such as facial expressions and prosody.  Dr. Grossman's work has been published in several refereed journals, including Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; Journal of Nonverbal Behavior; and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to conduct motion-capture analyses of facial expression production in adolescents with ASD.

Dr. Grossman teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on subjects ranging from language development to neuro-anatomy and neurogenic disorders.  She divides her research activities between Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Shriver Center, where she holds an appointment as adjunct assistant professor, and is always happy to involve students in her research at either campus.

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  • Communication Sciences & Disorders