Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Rebecca Neal-Beevers

Ph.D., University of Miami

Psychology Research Scientist
Rebecca Neal-Beevers



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


Rebecca's research interests fall into two related domains. Her primary 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). Rebecca maintains a second line of research in childhood autism. Recent efforts in this area used indices of physiological regulation (e.g., vagal tone) to understand social and communication deficits in children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Other recent autism projects include an examination of emotion recognition abilities in high-functioning children with autism. 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.

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