Aaron Shield, Ph.D.

Aaron ShieldEducation

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Master of Arts in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies, Wesleyan University, 1999

Professional Recognition and Affiliation

Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Amount: $5,000.

Autism Science Foundation Research Enhancement Mini-Grant, 2013

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32DC011219) from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Boston University, 2011-2014

Prize for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Sciences, Business, and Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (BCS-0746009), 2008-2009

Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005-2007

Mason-Perkins Fulbright Fellowship in Deafness (Rome, Italy), 2005

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2004

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, 2001-2002



Sign Language and Autism @ Miami Lab

Select Publications

Bhat, A., Srinivasan, S., Woxholt, C., & Shield, A. (in press). Differences in praxis performance and receptive language during fingerspelling between deaf children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Autism. doi: 10.1177/1362361316672179

Shield, A. (2016). Language and communication with children who are deaf + ASD. Raising and Educating Deaf Children: Foundations for Policy, Practice, and Outcomes. http://raisingandeducatingdeafchildren.org/node/257

Shield, A., Pyers, J., Martin, A., & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2016). Relations between language and cognition in native-signing children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research. doi: 10.1002/aur.1621.

Shield, A., Meier, R.P., & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2015). The use of sign language pronouns by native-signing children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2128-2145.

Shield, A. (2014). Preliminary findings of similarities and differences in the speech and sign language of children with autism. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35, 309-320.

Mood, D., & Shield, A. (2014). Clinical use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition with children who are deaf. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35, 288-300.

Szarkowski, A., Mood, D., Shield, A., Wiley, S., & Yoshinaga-Itano, C. (2014). A summary of current understanding regarding children with autism spectrum disorder who are deaf or hard of hearing. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35, 241-259.

Shield, A., & Meier, R.P. (2014). Personal pronoun avoidance in deaf children with autism. In W. Orman & M.J. Valleau (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (403-415). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Shield, A. & Meier, R.P. (2013). The acquisition of sign language by deaf children with autism spectrum disorder. In D. Quinto-Pozos (Ed.), Multilingual Aspects of Signed Language Communication and Disorder (90-122). Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.

Shield, A.,& Meier, R.P (2012). Palm reversal errors in native-signing children with autism.Journal of Communication Disorders, 45, 439-454.

Goldin-Meadow, S., Shield, A., Lenzen, D., Herzig, M., & C. Padden (2012). The gestures ASL signers use tell us when they are ready to learn math. Cognition, 123, 448-453.