Katie Belardi

Katie Belardi


  • Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, 2010 
  • B.S., Health Sciences, Duquesne University, 2009



Awards and Honors

  • Graduate School student mentor nomination

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Patten, E., Belardi, K., Baranek, G. T., Watson, L. R., Labban, J. D., & Oller, D. K. (2014). Vocal patterns in infants with autism spectrum disorder: Canonical babbling status and vocalization frequency. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-16.
  • I have presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Convention and the International Meeting for Autism Research

Research Interests

  • Prelinguistic vocalizations and gestures
  • Neurobiology of speech and language acquisition in neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fragile X syndrome)

Affiliated Groups and Grants

  • Translational Research Grant
  • CIDD Autism Journal Club
  • Department of Allied Health Sciences Research Advisory Committee

Career Goals

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate training my curiosity led my to ask many questions. Unfortunately, my teachers and supervisors would answer my questions with statements like, "there's no research" and "I don't know". This frustration fueled my interest in pursuing a PhD. There are many individuals and families in need and it's important to advance science in a way that's meaningful to clinical practice. I also have a passion for teaching and training future clinicians and scientists.

Hobbies and Other Interests 

All things exercise, music, yoga, and outdoor adventures

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