James Madison University

Rory A. DePaolis, Ph.D.

Professor
Director, PhD Program

PHOTO: Rory A. DePaolis
  • Office: HBS 1012
  • Phone: 540-568-3869
  • Email: depaolra@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4304
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Education

  • Ph.D. Penn State University

Research and Teaching Areas


  • Infant Language Development
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Instrumentation
  • Research Methods

Research Laboratory


Current and Ongoing Research Projects

  • Infant directed speech across cultures
  • Early intervention in at risk populations
  • Influence of early speech production patterns on speech perception
  • Acquisition of first signs in ASL
  • Otitis Media and early word learning

Publications (since 2010)

  • McGillion, M., Mathews, D., Pine, J., Keren-Portnoy, T., Vihman, M. & DePaolis, R. (in press). What paves the way to conventional language? The predictive value of babble, pointing and SES. Child Development.
  • DePaolis RA, Keren-Portnoy T and Vihman MM (2016). Making sense of infant familiarity and novelty responses to words at lexical onset. Front. Psychol. 7:715. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00715.
  • Floccia, C., Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R. A., Duffy, H., Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., White, L., Goslin, J., & Vihman, M. M. (2016). British-English infants segment words only with exaggerated infant-directed speech stimuli. Cognition,Volume 148, 1-9.
  • Vihman, M. M., DePaolis, R. A. & Keren-Portnoy, T.  (2016). Babbling and words: A Dynamic Systems perspective on phonological development. In Bavin, E. L. (ed). The Cambridge Handbook of Child Language (2nd edition).
  • Vihman, M. M., DePaolis, R. A. & Keren-Portnoy, T. (2014). The role of production in infant word learning. Language Learning, 64: Suppl. 2, 121-140.
  • Seal, B. C. & DePaolis, R. A. (2014). Manual activity and onset of first words in babies exposed and not exposed to baby signing. Sign Language Studies, 14(4), 444-465.
  • Majorano, M., Vihman, M. M., & DePaolis, R. A. (2014). The Relationship Between Infants’ Production Experience and Their Processing of Speech.  Language Learning and Development, 10(2), 179-204.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Vihman M. M., & Keren-Portnoy, T. (2014). When do infants begin recognizing familiar words in sentences? Journal of Child Language, 41, 226-239.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Vihman, M. M., & Nakai, S. (2013). The influence of babbling patterns on the processing of speech. Infant Behavior and Development. 36, 642-649.DePaolis, R. A.,
  • DePaolis, R. A., Vihman, M. M. & Keren-Portnoy, T. (2011). Do production patterns influence the processing of speech in prelinguistic infants? Infant Behavior and Development, 34(4), 590-601.
  • Keren-Portnoy, T., Vihman, M. M., DePaolis, R. A., Whitaker, C. & Williams, N. (2010). The role of vocal practice in constructing phonological working memory, Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 53, 1280-1293.

National and International Conference Presentations (last four years)

  • DePaolis, R. A., McQuilkin, C., & Seal, B. (2016). The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Infant Language Development in the Shenandoah Valley. The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Nov. 18.
  • Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R. A. & Vihman, M. M. (2015).  A dynamic systems approach to understanding the role of babble, word recognition and segmentation in the emergence of a lexicon. The Child Language Symposium, July, University of Warwick, England.
  • Floccia, C., Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R. A., Duffy, H., Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., White, L., Goslin, J., & Vihman, M. M. (2015). British-English infants segment words only with exaggerated infant-directed speech stimuli. Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD), June, Stockhlm, Sweden.
  • McGillion, M, Herbert, J., Pine, J., Vihman, M. M., Keren-Portnoy, T. & DePaolis, R. A. (2015). The role of caregiver responsiveness in early language development: Evidence from video and LENA recordings. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, March 20.
  • DePaolis, R. A. & Seal, B. (2014). Manual activity and words in babies exposed and not exposed to baby sign. International Association for the Study of Child Language, July 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Vest, J., DePaolis, R. A., Keren-Portnoy, T. & Vihman, M. M. (2014). Comparison of linguistic input in British Mothers’ and American Mothers’ Infant-directed-speech. International Association for the Study of Child Language, July 15, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R. A., Foulkes, P. & Vihman, M. M.(2014). Variable stress in input speech to infants in the UK and US. Meeting of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, April 7-9, Oxford, UK.
  • DePaolis, R. A. (2013). The interaction of perception and production in early word and sign use. Newcastle University (England), Invited Talk, October 10.
  • DePaolis, R. A. & Keren-Portnoy, T. (2013). Different pathways to first word use. Plymouth University (England), Invited talk, October 17.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Nage, J., & Rittenhouse, M. (2013). Facilitating Deep Learning in the Classroom. James Madison University’s Center for Faculty Innovation May Symposium, May 6. Harrisonburg, VA.
  • DePaolis, R. A. & Keren-Portnoy, T. (2013). Novelty and Familiarity in Infants. Workshop on Infant Language Development, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Vihman, M. M., Keren-Portnoy, T., & DePaolis. R. A. (2013). The role of production in infant word learning. International Child Phonology Conference, Nijmegen, June.
  • Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis. R. A., & Vihman, M. M. (2013). Production effects on word recognition in 10-month-old infants. Perception-Production Interface Workshop at the International Child Phonology Conference, Nijmegen, June.
  • Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R. A., & Vihman, M. M. (2012) A Comparison of Infant Directed Speech in American- and British-English.September 21st, Workshop on implementing LENA into research, Sheffield, England.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Duffy, H., Keren-Portnoy, T., & Vihman, M. M. (2012). IDS differences in naturalistic speech and in stimuli affect the age at which infants succeed in Headturn Preference Procedure tasks. International Child Phonology Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 4th.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Seal, B., Kulasr, S, Baird, C., Keren-Portnoy, T. & Vihman, M. M. (2012), The effect of dialect, age, speaker gender, otitis media, and modality on infant word recognition. International Child Phonology Conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 5th.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Seal, B. C., Koegler, H. & An, Yk. (2012). Manual and Vocal Activity of Babies Exposed and Not Exposed to Baby Signing. XVIII Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June 9.
  • Kulsar, S., Seal, B. C., Baird, C. & DePaolis, R. A. (2012). Head-Turn Sign Preferences in Babies of Deaf and Babies of Hearing Parents. XVIII Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June 9.
  • An, Yk., DePaolis, R. A., Brown, M. & Seal, B. C. (2012). First Vocabulary Milestones in Babies Exposed and Not Exposed to Baby Signing. XVIII Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June 9.
  • DePaolis, R. A., Keren-Portnoy, T. & Vihman, M. M. (2012). Making sense of familiarity and novelty responses in a single experiment. XVIII Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June 8.
  • Seal, B. C. & DePaolis, R. A. (2012). Response differentiation in infant head turns to visual and auditory languages: Signs of acquisition. Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia, Vienna, VA, March 17th.
  • Robotti, M. & DePaolis, R. A. (2011). The effect of Age on the Mismatch Negativity Response with Differences in Place of Articulation. Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia, Richmond, VA, March 18th.
  • Vihman, M. M., Keren-Portnoy, T., Wauquier, S., Khattab, G. & DePaolis, R. A. (2011). Psychological significance and typology of templates in early word production. Four thematic talks with Lisa Menn as discussant. 12th meeting of the International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Montreal, June.
  • DePaolis, R. A. & Seal, B. C. (2011) Investigating differences in the manual activity of infants exposed and not exposed to baby sign. International Child Phonology Conference, York, England, June 16.
  • Koegler, H. & DePaolis, R. A. (2011). Manual and Vocal Activity at 9 Months of Age, International Neuropsychological Society 39th Annual Meeting, Feb. 2, Boston.