Losh, Molly, PhD

Information

Name

Losh, Molly, PhD

Title

Jane and Michael Hoffman Associate Professor

Email

m-losh@northwestern.edu

Office Phone

847-491-2431

Office Fax

847-467-2508

Department

Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Office

Searle 2-366 Evanston

Areas of Research

Learning & Memory

NU Scholar Profile

https://northwestern.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/f3d388ab-4aae-43b1-a9f6-7ecc4c5e7eb7

Recent Publications on PubMed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=losh+m.&cmd=DetailsSearch

Current Research

Current Research

My lab studies the nature and basis of language and related impairments in autism and other neurogenetic disorders (e.g., fragile X syndrome). We use clinical-behavioral and family-genetic methods and designs to characterize patterns of language strengths and weaknesses that define particular disorders, and examine ties to neuropsychological and genetic underpinnings.

Ongoing research focuses on social communication and its impairment in disorders like autism and fragile X. We use different clinical-behavioral, psycholinguistic, and family-genetic methods to first characterize these impairments across disorders, and then attempt to trace their biological underpinnings. Our recent work has shown that social language use (pragmatic language) appears to be a strong genetic marker of autism risk, and we're using these findings to dig deeper into the causes of these social language use patterns in both affected and unaffected individuals. Using experimentally-based, standardized, and naturalistic methods (including eye tracking, discourse analysis, and measurement of social cognitive and executive function skills), we are attempting to identify refined phenotypic profiles for use in genetic studies.