Science Faculty Spotlight: Jason Bishop

August 15, 2022

Meet a Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences professor who specializes in prosodic processing and aspects of speech production and perception.

Jason Bishop is a faculty member in the Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also an associate professor in the undergraduate programs in Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology at the College of Staten Island, where his lab, the CUNY Prosody Lab, is located. He completed his Ph.D. in linguistics at UCLA in 2013, specializing in phonetics and laboratory phonology. His research in these areas centers around prosodic (i.e., rhythmic and melodic) aspects of speech and incorporates psycholinguistic methodology to understand prosodic processing as well as production and perception. He is frequently an invited speaker at national and international conferences and workshops, most recently at the Workshop on Gradience in Intonation, part of the 11th International Conference on Speech Prosody in Lisbon, Portugal.

Much of Bishop’s recent work focuses on what individual differences can tell us about how prosody is represented and processed in communicative contexts. He is currently the principal investigator on a collaborative grant project, under review by the National Science Foundation, that aims to investigate the cognitive processes underlying prosodic processing when people speak, listen, and read. He has also been interested in identifying the aspects of speech that characterize the broad autism phenotype and has engaged Graduate Center students extensively as part of this endeavor. Recently, he and his students in Speech Science (a required course in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences doctoral program) co-authored a paper investigating speech-based signatures of the broad autism phenotype, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Bishop has also been mentoring undergraduates in the CUNY Research Scholars Program since its inception in 2014.

During spring and fall 2022, Bishop is on a research sabbatical, completing work related to his individual differences research and visiting the Institut für Linguistik at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he was recently awarded a prestigious Mercator Fellowship.

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