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Pumpki Lei Su

PhD Candidate

Developmental Disabilities Lab, Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Camarata and the Bodfish Lab, Principal Investigator: Dr. Jim Bodfish

Hometown: Shanghai, China


  • BS, Linguistics, CSD, French and French Literature, 2015, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Interdisciplinary Master in Communication Sciences and Neurodevelompental Disabilities, 2018, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Hobbies and interests:  photography, playing the ukulele, swing dancing, cooking, and of course, cuddling with my two cats

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Research Description: 

My current research interests center around environmental and individual influences on early language acquisition in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, with a long-term goal of establishing a programmatic line of language intervention research for Mandarin-speaking and Mandarin-English bilingual children with ASD.


  • Koegel, L.K., Bryan, K., Su, P.L., Vaidya, M., & Camarata, S. (2020). Definitions of Non-verbal and Minimally Verbal in the Research for Autism: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Koegel, L.K., Bryan, K., Su, P.L., Vaidya, M., Camarata, S. (2019). Intervention for Non-verbal and Minimally-Verbal Individuals with Autism: A Systematic Review. Int J Pediatr Res, 5, 056.
  • Su, P.L., Castle, G., & Camarata, S. (2019). Cross-modal generalization of receptive and expressive vocabulary in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 4, 1-18
  • Su, P.L. & Roberts, M. Y. (2019). Quantity and Quality of Parental Utterances and Responses to Children With Hearing Loss Prior to Cochlear Implant. Journal of Early Intervention, 41(4), 366–387.
  • Koegel, L.K., Bryan, K., Su, P.L., Vaidya, M., & Camarata, S. (In Press). Parent Education in Studies with Non-verbal and Minimally Verbal Participants with Autism: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Su, P.L., Rogers, S.J., Estes, A.M., & Yoder, P.J. (Under Review). The Role of Early Social Motivation in Explaining Variability in Functional Language in Pre-verbal Children with ASD. Autism.