Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Rebecca Neal-Beevers


Ph.D., University of Miami

Psychology Research Scientist
Rebecca Neal-Beevers

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Interests


Social and communication development in infants and young children; early identification of developmental delay in at-risk populations; autism

Biography


Rebecca's research interests fall into two related domains. One area of interest involves the identification of early markers of developmental delay in at-risk populations. Recent work in this area focuses on understanding the contribution of early social-communicative (e.g., visual joint attention) and regulatory processes (e.g., infant cry) to developmental outcome (e.g., cognitive and language outcome). A second and closely related line of research focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One recent autism project involves a longitudinal study of the early social and communication development of infants at varying degress of risk for ASD.  Another recent autism project explores emotion recognition abilities in high-functioning children with ASD. Rebecca has received grant support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She has also received grant support from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.