Amanda Seidl, PhD

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Infant speech perception
  • Phonological development and learning
  • Autism spectrum disorders


The overarching goal of my research program is to discover how language comes to the child. In my past work, I have focused heavily on how the child learns her phonological system. In my current research program, I am interested in early predictors of language. Specifically, this work explores the ways in which measures of early speech perception, production, and the input to the child relate to later language in both typical development and in children at-risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Recent Publications:

  • Kadlaskar+, G., Bergmann, S., McNally Keehn, R., Seidl, A., and Keehn, B. (in press). Equivalent Behavioral Facilitation to Tactile Cues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brain Sciences.
  • Semezin, C., Cristia, A., Hamrick, L., Seidl, A., and Tonnsen, B. (2021). Describing vocalizations in young children: A big data approach through citizen science annotation. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 10.31219/
  • Wang, Y., Cristia, A., and Seidl, A. (2021). Infant pathways to language: weighting of speech perception and cognitive skills in language development. Infant Behavior and Development.
  • Arkenberg, R., Christ, S., and Seidl, A. (2021). Touch Screen Assessment of High-Risk Infants’ Word Knowledge. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  • Cychosz, M., Cristia, A., Bergelson, E., Casillas, M., Baudet, G., Warlaumont, A., Scaff, C., Yankowitz, L., and Seidl, A. (2021). Vocal development in a large-scale crosslinguistic corpus. Developmental Science. 10.1111/desc.13090
  • Kadlaskar, G., Waxman, S., and Seidl, A. (2020). Does Human Touch Facilitates Object Categorization in 6-to-9-month-old Infants? Brain Sciences. 10.3390/brainsci10120940
  • Kadlaskar, G., Seidl, A., Tager-Flusberg, Nelson, C., and Keehn, B. (2020). Caregiver Touch-Speech Communication and Infant Responses in 12-month-olds at High Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 1064–1072,
  • Henrikson, B., Seidl, A., and Soderstrom, M. (2020). Perception of sibilant-liquid phonotactic frequency in full term and preterm infants. Journal of Child Language, 47 (4), 893–907,
  • Hamrick, L.R., Seidl, A., and Tonnsen, B.L. (2019). Acoustic properties of early vocalizations in infants with fragile X syndrome. Autism Research, 12. DOI:
  • Kadlaskar, G. Keehn, B., Seidl, A. Tager-Flusberg, H., and Nelson, C. (2019). Atypical Response to Caregiver Touch in Infants at High-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Abu Zhaya, R., Kondaurova, M., Houston, D., and Seidl, A. Vocal and tactile input to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. (2019). Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, 15, 2372–2385. DOI:10.1044/2019 JSLHR-L-18-0185
  • Tincoff, R., Seidl, A., and Cristia, A. (2019). Feeling the way to words: Parents’ speech and touch cues highlight word-to-world mappings of body parts, Language, Learning, and Development, 15, 103–125, DOI:10.1080/15475441.2018.1533472.
  • Bergelson, E., Cassilas, M., Amatuni, A., Soderstrom, M., Seidl, A., andWarlaumont, A. (2019). What do North American babies hear? A large-scale cross-corpus analysis. Developmental Science, 22, DOI:10.1111/desc.12724.
  • Lew-Williams, C., Ferguson, B., Abu Zhaya, R., and Seidl, A. (2019). Social Touch Interacts with Infants’ Learning of Auditory Patterns, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 35, 66–74, DOI:10.1016/j.dcn.2017.09.006
Amanda Seidl
Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Interim Head, Department of Public Health

Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3142
Phone: 765-496-2251

Purdue Infant Speech Lab

Seidl CV

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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