Molly Losh, Ph.D.

headshot.losh_008.jpeg Assistant Professor
Phone: (919) 966-8153
Fax: (919) 966-0100


  •  B.A. SDSU, 1998
  •  Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 2004 
  •  Postdoctoral Research, UNC Chapel Hill 


Dr. Losh's primary research interest focuses on delineating the nature and basis of language impairment in autism, fragile X syndrome,and other neurogenetic disorders. Her studies adopt clinical-behavioral and family-genetic methods and designs to characterize patterns of language strengths and weaknesses that define particular disorders, and examine ties to neuropsychological and genetic underpinnings. Current projects include:

1) Family-genetic studies of language in autism – this work examines language characteristics that aggregate among family members of individuals with autism, and which may be used to detect the genes involved in this disorder.

2) Studies of fragile X syndrome and autism - these projects examine language and neuropsychological profiles of individuals with fragile X syndrome and autism, as well as relatives of individuals with these disorders, to identify neurobiological substrates associated with these disorders, and illuminate their genetic underpinnings.


  •  Autism
  •  Fragile X syndrome
  •  Language disorders
  •  Genetic and neuropsychological underpinnings of language


Losh, M., Childress, D., Lam, K., & Piven, J. (2008). Defining key features of the broad autism phenotype: A comparison across parents of multiple- and single-incidence autism families. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Psychiatric Genetics, S, 424-33.

Losh, M. & Piven, J. (2007). Social-Cognition and the Broad Autism Phenotype: Identifying Genetically Meaningful Phenotypes. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 105-112.

Losh, M. & Capps, L. (2006). Understanding of emotional experience in autism: Insights from the personal accounts of high-functioning children with autism. Developmental Psychology, 42 (5), 809-818.

Reilly, J., Losh, M., Bellugi, U., & Wulfeck, B. (2004). Frog, Where are you? Narratives from children with specific language impairment, early focal brain injury and Williams syndrome. In B. Wulfeck & J. Reilly, J., (Eds). Plasticity and development: Language in atypical children. Special issue, Brain and Language, 86 (1), 1127-1189.

Losh, M., & Capps, L. (2003). Narrative Ability in High-Functioning Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 33 (3), 239-251.