Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1977
My research examines children’s communication development from early moments of mutual alertness to complex symbol-infused conversations. I have been particularly interested in the developmental transformation of the structuring of attention and topics during social interactions. Through the study of both typical and atypical developmental paths, I hope to contribute to theoretical understandings of early social and cognitive development and to inform applied efforts to facilitate communication and language acquisition.
Currently, my primary project is a NIH-funded longitudinal investigation of the development of joint engagement in typically-developing toddlers and in young children with autism and with other developmental disorders. With Roger Bakeman, Diana Robins, and Rebecca Williamson, I recently began a new grant cycle (2014-2019) which focuses on how sounds are shared during social interactions. We are interested both in the developmental course of auditory joint engagement and in how variations in auditory and multimodal joint engagement are related to later language and social understanding. In addition, I am collaborating with Şeyda Özçalışkan on an NSF-funded study of gesture and speech in autism; with Diana Robins on the Early Detection and Development Project that is funded by NIH and Autism Speaks; and with Kathy-Hirsch Pasek, Roger Bakeman, Margaret Owens, and Roberta Golinkoff on studies that look at the effect of poverty on early communication.
For additional details, see my curriculum vitae.
Representative Publications (since 2004)
Adamson, L. B., Bakeman, R., Deckner, D. F., Nelson, P. B. (2014). From interactions to conversations: The development of joint engagement during early childhood. Child Development, 85,941-955
Adamson, L. B., & Dimitrova, N. (2014). Joint attention and language development. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development, (pp. 299-304). Los Angeles, CA: Sage publications.
Adamson, L. B., Romski, M. A., & Barton-Hulsey, A. (2014). Early language acquisition in autism spectrum disorders: A Developmental view. In V. B. Patel, V. Preedy, & C. Martin (Eds.). The Comprehensive guide to autism (pp. 1061-1081). New York: Springer.
Smith, A. L., Romski, M. A., Sevcik, R. A., Adamson, L. B., & Barker, R. M. (2014). Parent stress language development: Comparing Down syndrome and other disabilities. Family Relations, 63, 71-84.
Visootsak, J., Hess, B., Bakeman, R., & Adamson, L. B. (2013). Effect of congenital heart defects on language development of toddlers with Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57, 887-892.
Adamson, L. B., Bakeman, R., Deckner, D. F., & Nelson, P. B. (2012). Rating parent-child interactions: Joint engagement, communication dynamics, and shared topics in autism, Down syndrome, and typical development. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 2622-2635.
Nelson, P. B., Adamson, L. B., & Bakeman, R. (2012). The developmental progression of understanding of mind during a hiding game. Social Development, 21, 313-330.
Romski, M. A., Sevcik, R. A., Adamson, L. B., Smith, A. L., Cheslock, M., & Bakeman, R. (2011). Parent perceptions of toddlers with development delays’ language development after participation in parent-coached language intervention. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 111-118.
Adamson, L. B., Romski, M. A., Bakeman, R., & Sevcik, R. A. (2010). Augmented language intervention and the emergence of symbol-infused joint engagement. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53, 1769-1773.
Adamson, L. B., Deckner, D. F., & Bakeman, R. (2010). Early interests and joint engagement in typical development, autism, and Down syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 665-676.
Romski, M. A., Sevcik, R. A., Adamson, L. B., Cheslock, M., Smith, A., Barker, R. M., & Bakeman, R. (2010). Randomized comparison of augmented and non-augmented language interventions for toddlers with developmental delays and their parents. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53, 350-364. Winner of a 2010 ASHA Journal Editor Award.
Wiggins, L. D., Robins, D. L., Bakeman, R., & Adamson, L. B. (2009). Brief report: Sensory abnormalities as distinguishing symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in young children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1087-1091.
Adamson, L. B., Bakeman, R., Deckner, D. F., & Romski, M. A. (2009). Joint engagement and the emergence of language in children with autism and Down syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 39, 84-96.
Nelson, P. B., Adamson, L. B., & Bakeman, R. (2008). Toddlers’ joint engagement experience facilitates preschoolers’ acquisition of theory of mind. Developmental Science, 11, 840-845.
Adamson, L. B., & Bakeman, R. (2006). The development of displaced speech in early mother-child conversations. Child Development, 77, 186-200.
Deckner, D. F., Adamson, L. B., & Bakeman, R. (2006). Child and maternal contributions to shared reading: Effects on language and literacy. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 31-41.
McArthur, D. Adamson, L.B., & Deckner, D. F. (2005). As stories become familiar: Mother-child conversations during shared reading. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 51, 389-411.
Adamson, L. B., Bakeman, R., & Deckner, D. F. (2004). The development of symbol-infused joint engagement. Child Development, 75, 1171-1187.