Amy M. Lieberman

Assistant Professor

Amy Lieberman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Boston University and Director of the Language Acquisition and Visual Attention Lab. Her research focuses on the acquisition and processing of American Sign Language (ASL) in deaf individuals, and the development of visual attention in deaf children. Her research employs multiple approaches to studying language and attention, ranging from naturalistic observations of parent-child interactions to the development of a novel eye-tracking paradigm to investigate real-time processing of ASL in deaf children and adults.

Prior to joining the BU faculty, she was at the University of California, San Diego, where worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Language and the Mayberry Lab for Multimodal Language Development. She previously worked as an Early Childhood teacher at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School at Gallaudet University’s Clerc Center.

Ph.D.  in Special Education, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University

M.A. in Education (Cognition and Development), University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Human Biology, Stanford University

SED DE 575: Language and the Deaf Child

SED DE 576: Advanced Language and the Deaf Child

How do children learn to alternate and manage their gaze to perceive both linguistic and visual information?  What is the role of language in acquiring this skills? And how can parents, who are in most cases new to deafness and sign language, learn to interact with their deaf children in a way that optimizes language development?

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Higgins, M., & Lieberman, A. M. (2016).  Deaf Students as a Linguistic and Cultural Minority: Shifting Perspectives and Implications for Teaching and LearningJournal of Education, 96(1), 9-18.

Lieberman, A. M., Borovsky, A., Hatrak, M., & Mayberry, R. I. (2015).  Real-time processing of ASL signs: Delayed first language acquisition affects organization of the mental lexicon. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol 41(4), 1130-1139.

Lieberman, A. M., & Mayberry, R. I. (2015). Studying sign language acquisition. In E. Orfanidou, B. Woll, & G. Morgan (Eds.) Research Methods in Sign Language Studies: A Practical Guide (pp. 281-299). Malden, MA: Wiley.

Lieberman, A. M., Hatrak, M., & Mayberry, R. I. (2014). Learning to look for language: Development of joint attention in young deaf children. Language Learning and Development, 10, 19-35.

Lieberman, A. M. (2014). Attention-getting skills of deaf children using American Sign Language in a preschool classroom. Applied Psycholinguistics, 1-19. doi: 10.1017/S0142716413000532.

Ferjan Ramirez, N., Lieberman, A.M., & Mayberry, R.I. (2013). The initial stages of language acquisition begun in adolescence: When late looks early. Journal of Child Language, 40(2), 391-414.

Mayberry, R. I., del Giudice, A. A., & Lieberman, A. M. (2011). Reading achievement in relation to phonological coding and awareness in deaf readers: A meta-analysis. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 16, 2, 164-188.

Lieberman, A. (2016, June). Development of gaze control for integration of language and visual information in deaf children. NSF-funded U.S.-Swedish Workshop on Assessment of Multimodal Multilingual Outcomes in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, Stockholm, Sweden.

Lieberman, A. (2016, April). Eye-gaze as a window into sign language development and processing in deaf children and adults.  Invited presentation at the New England Sign Language Festival (SignFest) 2016, Boston University, Boston, MA (April).

Lieberman, A.M., Borovsky, A., & Mayberry, R. I. (2015, November).  The predictive nature of American Sign Language verbs during real-time sentence processing in deaf adults and children.  Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Lieberman, A. M., Borovsky, A., & Mayberry, R. I. (2015, July). Incremental processing of ASL sentences in deaf children. Poster presented at the International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition (ICSLA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Lieberman, A., Borovsky, A., Hatrak, M., & Mayberry, R. I. (2013 November). Effects of early language experience on real-time processing of ASL signs. Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Child Language Development. Boston.

Ferjan Ramirez, N., Lieberman, A., & Mayberry, R. I. (2013 July). How far and how fast? A longitudinal study of ASL acquisition in adolescent home signers. Paper presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) Conference 11, London.

Lieberman, A., Borovsky, A., Hatrak, M., & Mayberry, R. I. (2013 July). Signing in the visual world: The time course of lexical recognition in American Sign Language. Paper presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) Conference 11, London.

Lieberman, A M., Borovsky, A., Hatrak, M., & Mayberry, R.I. (2013 April). Looking in the visual world: Lexical recognition of American Sign Language in native signers and second-language learners. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development. Seattle.

Lieberman, A.M., Petersen, L., O’Willow, D., Hatrak, M., & Mayberry, R. I. (2013 April). The development of visual attention in young deaf children learning ASL. Paper presented at the SRCD Preconference: Development of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. Seattle.

Ferjan Ramirez, N., Lieberman, A., & Mayberry, R. I. (2011 July). Acquiring a first-language in adolescence. Poster presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Montreal.

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