Gordon J. Ramsay, PhD
Director, Spoken Communication Laboratory
Marcus Autism Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University of Medicine
Gordon Ramsay, Ph.D. is the Director of the Spoken Communication Laboratory at the Marcus Autism Center and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is a principal investigator and director of data analysis and management for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autism Center of Excellence grant, exploring the development of new vocal biomarkers for autism in the first year of life, as well as new mathematical techniques and technologies for measuring infant development.
Dr. Ramsay’s research focuses on mathematical models of speech production and perception used for speech analysis, synthesis and recognition, which he is applying to developmental profiling of vocal behavior, spoken communication and social interaction in infants at risk for autism. His research helps show how early emerging mechanisms of social engagement are potentially derailed in autism in the first year of life and explains how this impacts the development of speech and language. This will eventually lead to evidence-based technologies for early detection and intervention to address the social communication deficit in autism.