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John Bonvillian, Associate Professor



Vita

September 2002
 
Contact Information

102 Gilmer Hall
Department of Psychology
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Office: (434) 924-0646
Fax: (434) 982-4766
E-mail:   jdb5b@virginia.edu

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, 1984-present
Director, Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics, University of Virginia, 1998-present
Faculty, Program in Linguistics, University of Virginia, 1979-present
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, 1979-1984
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Vassar College, 1974-1978 (reappointed 1978; resigned 1979)
Faculty, Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 1981-1988
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, 1985-1990
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Program in Linguistics, University of Virginia, 1998-present.
Director, American Sign Language Program, University of Virginia, 1998
Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, 1978-1979 (on leave of absence from Vassar College)
Visiting Scholar, Gallaudet University, 1984-1985
Visiting Staff Member, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), 1991
Graduate Adjunct Faculty, James Madison University, 1996-present
 
EDUCATION
The Johns Hopkins University, 1966-70, B.A. in Psychology
The New England Institute for Medical Research, Summer, 1967, 1968
Stanford University, 1970-1974, Ph.D. in Psychology

ACADEMIC AWARDS
General and Departmental Honors, The Johns Hopkins University, 1970
NSF Graduate Fellow, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 1970-1973
NICHD Doctoral Traineeship, Developmental Psychology, Stanford University, 1973-1974
NATO Advanced Study Institute on Recent Developments in Language and Cognition, participant, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1979
Sigma Xi
Psi Chi Certificates of Appreciation
Sesquicentennial Associateships (1984-1985, 1990-1991, 1996-1997, 2002-2003)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
 
Lectures and seminars:
General Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
Introduction to Child Psychology
Early Child Development
Later Child Development and Adolescence
Language and Cognitive Development
Language Development
Developmental Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition:  Exceptional Cases
Language Development and Disorders
Research in Language Development and Disabilities
 
Reading Courses:
The Disadvantaged Child and His Family
The Physically Handicapped Child
 
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Acquisition of meaning:  how words and signs acquire meaning for normally developing children and children with disabilities.
Psycholinguistics and deafness:  coding, reading, and communication skills in normally developing and deaf children.
Sign language learning in non-speaking persons.
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
Bonvillian, J. D., & Charrow, V. R.  (1972).  Psycholinguistic implications of deafness:  A review  (Tech. Rep. No. 188), Stanford, CA:  Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, Stanford University.

Nelson, K. E., Carskaddon, G., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1973).  Syntax acquisition:  Impact of experimental variation in adult verbal interactions with the child.  Child Development, 44, 497-504.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Charrow, V. R., & Nelson, K. E.  (1973).  Psycholinguistic and educational implications of deafness.  Human Development, 16, 321-345.
 
Nelson, K. E., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1973).  Concepts and words in the 18﷓month﷓old:  Acquiring concept names under controlled conditions. Cognition, 2, 435-450.
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1974).  Word coding and recall in deaf and hearing students.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Stanford University, Stanford, California. (Dissertation Abstracts International, 4261﷓B Order No. 75﷓6811).

Patterson, F. G., Bonvillian, J. D., Reynolds, P. C., & Maccoby, E. E.  (1975).  Mother and peer attachment under conditions of fear in rhesus monkeys (Macaca Mulatta).  Primates, 16, 75﷓81.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., & Nelson, K. E.  (1976).  Sign language acquisition in a mute autistic boy.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 41, 339﷓347.  (Reprinted in M. Lahey (Ed.), Selected readings in childhood language disorders.  New York:  John Wiley, 1978 and in J. F. Logan (Ed.), Readings in autism.  Guilford, CT:  Special Learning Corporation, 1978.)  

Bonvillian, J. D., Nelson, K. E., & Charrow, V. R.  (1976).  Languages and language﷓related skills in deaf and hearing children.  Sign Language Studies, 12, 211﷓250. (Reprinted in W. C. Stokoe (Ed.), Sign and culture:  A reader for students of American Sign Language.  Silver Spring, MD:  Linstok Press, 1980.  Translated into Russian, Moscow:  Raduga, 1984.)
 
 Bonvillian, J. D.  (1977).  Breaking through the silent world of an autistic child.  In P. G. Zimbardo & F. L. Ruch, Psychology and life (9th ed., Diamond Printing, pp. 4A-4D).  Glenview, IL:  Scott, Foresman.
 
DePaulo, B. M., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1978).  The effect on language development of the special characteristics of speech addressed to children.  Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 7, 189﷓211.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Nelson, K. E.  (1978).  Development of sign language in autistic children and other language﷓handicapped individuals.  In P. Siple (Ed.), Understanding language through sign language research (pp. 187-212).  New York:  Academic Press.
 
Nelson, K. E., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1978).  Early language development:  Conceptual growth and related processes between 2 and 4 1/2 years of age.  In K. E. Nelson (Ed.), Children's language (Vol. 1, pp. 467-556).  New York:  Gardner Press, John Wiley.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., & Friedman, R. J.  (1978).  Language development in another mode:  The acquisition of signs by a brain﷓damaged adult.  Sign Language Studies, 19, 111﷓120.
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1978).  Psycholinguistics and deafness.  Behavioral Science Tape Library. (No longer available)
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1978).  The acquisition of sign language in mute autistic, mentally retarded, and other nonspeaking individuals.  Behavioral Science Tape Library.  (No longer available)
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Raeburn, V. P., & Horan, E. A.  (1979).  Talking to children:  The effects of rate, intonation, and length on children's sentence imitation.  Journal of Child Language, 6, 459﷓467.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1979).  Review of Language of Autistic Children by D. W. Churchill.  Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 53, 227-228.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1980).  Review of Deaf Children:  Developmental Perspectives edited by L. S. Liben.  Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 54, 247.

Bonvillian, J. D., Nelson, K. E., & Rhyne, J. M.  (1981).  Sign language and autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 11, 125﷓137.

Bonvillian, J. D., (1981).  Review of Language Acquisition:  Studies in First Language Development edited by P. Fletcher & M. Garman.  Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 55, 318.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Nelson, K. E.  (1982).  Exceptional cases of language acquisition.  In K. E. Nelson (Ed.), Children's language  (Vol. 3, pp. 322-391).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum.
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1982).  Review of The Education of Koko by F. Patterson & E. Linden.  Sign Language Studies, 34, 7﷓14.

Bonvillian, J. D., Orlansky, M. D., & Garland, J. B.  (1982).  Handedness patterns in deaf persons.  Brain and Cognition, 1, 141﷓157.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1982).  Review of Total Communication:  A Signed Speech Program for Nonverbal Children by B. Schaeffer, A. Musil, & G. Kollinzas. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 12, 309﷓312.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Orlansky, M. D., & Novack, L. L.  (1983).  Early sign language acquisition and its relation to cognitive and motor development.  In J. G. Kyle & B. Woll (Eds.), Language in sign:  International perspectives on sign language (pp. 116-125).  London:  Croom Helm.
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1983).  The effects of signability and imagery on the word recall of deaf and hearing students.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 56, 775﷓791.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Orlansky, M. D., Novack, L. L., & Folven, R. J.  (1983).  Early sign language acquisition and cognitive development.  In D. R. Rogers & J. A. Sloboda (Eds.), The acquisition of symbolic skills (pp. 207-214).  London:  Plenum Press.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Orlansky, M. D., & Novack, L. L.  (1983).  Developmental milestones:  Sign language acquisition and motor development.  Child Development, 54, 1435﷓1445.

Orlansky, M. D., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1983).  Recent research on sign language acquisition:  Implications for multihandicapped hearing﷓impaired children.  Invited paper, The Journal of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, 11, 72﷓87.
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1984).  Sign language with an autistic child.  In W. L. Heward & M. D. Orlansky, Exceptional children:  An introductory survey of special education (2nd ed., pp. 174-175).  Columbus, OH:  Charles E. Merrill.
 
Blackburn, D. W., Bonvillian, J. D., & Ashby, R. P.  (1984).  Manual communication as an alternative mode of language instruction for children with severe reading disabilities.  Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 15, 22﷓31.
 
Crittenden, P. M., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1984).  The relationship between maternal risk status and maternal sensitivity.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 54, 250﷓262.
 
Nelson, K. E., Denninger, M., Bonvillian, J. D., Kaplan, B. J., & Baker, N.  (1984).  Maternal input adjustments and non﷓adjustments as related to children's linguistic advances and to language acquisition theories.  In A. D. Pellegrini & T. D. Yawkey (Eds.), The development of oral and written languages:  Readings in developmental and applied linguistics (pp. 31-56). Norwood, NJ:  Ablex.

Orlansky, M. D., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1984).  The role of iconicity in early sign language acquisition.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 49, 287﷓292.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Orlansky, M. D.  (1984).  Sign language acquisition:  Early steps. Communication Outlook, 6, 10﷓12.

Folven, R. J., Bonvillian, J. D., & Orlansky, M. D.  (1984/85).  Communicative gestures and early sign language acquisition.  First Language, 5, 129﷓144.
 
Orlansky, M. D., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1985).  Sign language acquisition:  Language development in children of deaf parents and implications for other populations.  Merrill﷓Palmer Quarterly, 31, 127﷓143.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Orlansky, M. D., Novack, L. L., Folven, R. J., & Holley﷓Wilcox, P.  (1985).  Language, cognitive, and cherological development:  The first steps in sign language acquisition.  In W. C. Stokoe & V. Volterra (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Sign Language Research (pp. 10-22). Silver Spring, MD:  Linstok Press, and Istituo di Psicologia, CNR:  Rome, Italy.
 
Christopoulou, C., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1985).  Sign language, pantomime, and gestural processing in aphasic persons:  A review.  Journal of Communication Disorders, 18, 1﷓20.
 
Orlansky, M. D., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1985).  Iconicity and sign language:  A reply to Lloyd, Loeding, and Doherty (1985).  Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 50, 407﷓408.
 
Nelson, K. E., Baker, N., Denninger, M., Bonvillian, J. D., & Kaplan, B. J. (1985).  Cookie versus do﷓it﷓again:  Imitative﷓referential and personal﷓social﷓syntactic﷓
initiating language styles in young children. Linguistics, 23, 433﷓454.
 
Bonvillian, J. D.  (1986).  Review of Communication problems in autism, edited by E. Schopler and G. B. Mesibov.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 16, 243﷓245.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1986).  Language acquisition and deafness.  Gallaudet encyclopedia of deaf people and deafness (Vol. 2, pp. 321-327).  New York: McGraw﷓Hill.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Rea, C. A., Orlansky, M. D., & Slade, L. A.  (1987).  The effect of sign language rehearsal on deaf subjects' immediate and delayed recall of English word lists.  Applied Psycholinguistics, 8, 33-53.

Orlansky, M. D., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1988).  Early sign language acquisition.  In M. D. Smith & J. L. Locke (Eds.), The emergent lexicon:  The child's development of a linguistic vocabulary (pp. 263-292).  New York:  Academic Press.

Bonvillian, J. D., Cate, S. M., Weber, W. R., & Folven, R. J.  (1988).  Early letter recognition, letter naming, and reading skills in a signing and speaking child.   Sign Language Studies, 60, 271-294.

Christopoulos, C., Bonvillian, J. D., & Crittenden, P. M.  (1988).  Maternal language input and child maltreatment.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 9, 272-286.

Novack, L. L., Folven, R. J., Orlansky, M. D., Bonvillian, J. D., & Holley﷓Wilcox, P.  (1988).  Language, cognitive, and cherological development in young children of deaf parents.  In C. Magarotto (Ed.), Proceedings of the IXth Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (pp. 559-571).  Rome:  Ente Nazionale Sordomuti.

Rea, C. A., Bonvillian, J. D., & Richards, H. C.  (1988).  Mother-infant interactive behaviors:  The impact of maternal deafness.  American Annals of the Deaf, 113, 317-324.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1989).  Manual systems of communication:  Some background terms.  Shhh (Journal of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.), 10, 12-16.

Williams, R. L., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1989).  Early childhood memories in deaf and hearing college students.  Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 35, 483-497.
 
Bonvillian, J. D., Orlansky, M. D., & Folven, R. J.  (1990).  Early sign language acquisition:  Implications for theories of language acquisition.  In V. Volterra & C. Erting (Eds.), From gesture to language in hearing and deaf children (pp. 219-232).  Heidelberg:  Springer﷓Verlag.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1990).  Review of The Development of Language, edited by J. B. Gleason.  Applied Psycholinguistics, 11, 105-107.

Siedlecki, T., Jr., Votaw, M. C., Bonvillian, J. D., & Jordan, I. K.  (1990).  The effects of manual interference and reading level on deaf subjects' recall of word lists.  Applied Psycholinguistics, 11, 185-199.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Folven, R. J.  (1990).  The onset of signing in young children.  In W. Edmondson & F. Karlsson (Eds.), SLR '87:  Papers from the Fourth International Symposium on Sign Language Research (pp. 183-189).  Hamburg:  Signum Press.  (Abstracted in Science Digest, August 1988, p. 78)

Bonvillian, J. D., & Blackburn, D. W.  (1991).  Manual communication and autism:  Factors relating to sign language acquisition.  In P. Siple & S. Fischer (Eds.), Theoretical issues in sign langauge research:  Vol. 2.  Psychology (pp. 255-277).  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

Folven, R. J., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1991).  The transition from nonreferential to referential language in children acquiring American Sign Language.  Developmental Psychology, 27, 806-816.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1992).  Review of The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth:  A Case Study by A. De Houwer.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 23, 536-537.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Folven, R. J.  (1993).  Sign language acquisition:  Developmental aspects.  In M. Marschark & D. Clark (Eds.), Psychological perspectives on deafness (pp. 229-265).  Hillsdale, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Bonvillian J. D., & Richards, H. C.  (1993).  The development of hand preference in children's early signing.  Sign Language Studies, 78, 1-14.

Siedlecki, T., Jr., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1993).  Location, handshape, and movement:  Young children's acquisition of the formational aspects of American Sign Language.  Sign Language Studies, 78, 31-52.

Bonvillian, J. D., Richards, H. C., & Dooley, T. T.  (1993).  Hand preference in young
    children’s early signing  (Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, New Orleans, LA, March 1993).  ERIC Document ED 360 765.  (Abstract in January 1994 issue of Resources in Education.)
 
Siedlecki, T., Jr., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1993).  Phonological deletion revisited:  Errors in young children's two-handed signs.  Sign Language Studies, 80, 223-242.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Patterson, F. G. P.  (1993).  Early sign language acquisition in children and gorillas:  Vocabulary content and sign iconicity.  First Language, 13, 315-338.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Patterson, F. G. P.  (1994).  Early sign language acquisition in children and gorillas:  Part 1, Sign iconicity.  Gorilla, 17 (1), 2-5.  (Condensed from First Language article.)

Maynard, A. E., Slavoff, G. R., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1994).  Learning and recall of word-sign pairs:  The impact of sign etymology.  Sign Language Studies, 82, 55-78.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Patterson, F. G. P.  (1994).  Early sign language acquisition in children and gorillas:  Part 2, Vocabulary acquisition and content.  Gorilla, 17 (2), 2-5.  (Condensed from First Language article.)

Bonvillian, J. D., & Miller, A. J.  (1995).  Everything old is new again:  Observations from the nineteenth century about sign communication training with mentally retarded persons.  Sign Language Studies, 88, 245-254.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Siedlecki, T., Jr.  (1996).  Young children's acquisition of the location aspect of American Sign Language signs:  Parental report findings.  Journal of Communication Disorders, 29, 13-35.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1996).  Review of Language in motion:  Exploring the nature of sign by J. D. Schein & D. A. Stewart.  SHHH Journal (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.), 17 (3), 30-31.

Novack, L. L., & Bonvillian, J. D. (1996).  Word coding and recall in deaf students:  The impact of instructional strategies.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 83, 627-639.

Seal, B. C., & Bonvillian, J. D. (1996).  Hand preference in young deaf children of hearing parents.  Sign Language Studies, 93, 301-326.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1996).  Editorial.  Sign Language Studies, 93, 378.

Siedlecki, T., Jr., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1997).  Young children's acquisition of the handshape aspect of American Sign Language signs:  Parental report findings.  Applied Psycholinguistics, 18, 17-39.

Bohannon, J. N., III, & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1997).  Theoretical approaches to language acquisition.  In J. B. Gleason (Ed.), The development of language (4th ed., pp. 259-316).  Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Bonvillian, J. D., Richards, H. C., & Dooley, T. T. (1997).  Early sign language acquisition and the development of hand preference in young children.  Brain and Language, 58, 1-22.

Seal, B. C., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1997).  Sign language and motor functioning in students with autistic disorder.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 27, 437-466.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Patterson, F. G. P.  (1997).  Sign language acquisition and the development of meaning in a lowland gorilla.  In C. Mandell & A. McCabe (Eds.),  The problem of meaning: Behavioral and cognitive perspectives (pp. 181-219).  Amsterdam:  Elsevier Science.

Bonvillian, J. D., Miller Garber, A., & Dell, S. B.  (1997).  Language origin accounts:  Was the gesture in the beginning-  First Language, 17, 219-239.

Siedlecki, T., Jr., & Bonvillian, J. D.  (1998).  Homonymy in the lexicons of young children acquiring American Sign Language.  Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 27, 47-68.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Siedlecki, T., Jr.  (1998).  Young children’s acquisition of the movement aspect in  American Sign Language:  Parental report findings.  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 41, 588-602.

Bonvillian, J. D., Richards, H. C., & Saah, M. I.  (1998).  Sign language acquisition and motor development in infancy.  In A. Aksu-Koc, E. Erguvanli-Taylan, A.S. Ozsoy, & A. Kuntay (Eds.),  Perspectives on language acquisition: Selected papers from the VIIth International Congress for the Study of Child Language (pp.17-30).  Istanbul:  Bogazici University Printhouse.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Patterson, F. G. P.  (1999).  Early sign language acquisition: Comparisons between children and gorillas.  In S. T. Parker, R. Mitchell, & H. L. Miles (Eds.), The mentalities of gorillas and orangutans in comparative perspective (pp. 240-264).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1999).   Sign language development.  In M. Barrett (Ed.), The development of language (pp. 277-310).  UK:  Psychology Press.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Dell, S. B. (1999).  A response to Grieve and Campbell’s medieval experiments on child language.  First Language, 19, 99-105.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Siedlecki, T., Jr.  (1999).  The acquisition of the formational aspects of American Sign Language signs by young children of deaf parents.  VIII International Congress for the Study of Child Language:  Abstracts (p. 54).  Basque Country:  Araba Kalea.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Siedlecki, T., Jr.  (2000).  Young children’s acquisition of the formational aspects of American Sign Language signs: Parental report findings.  Sign Language Studies, 1, 45-64.

Bohannon, J. N., III, & Bonvillian, J. D.  (2001).  Theoretical approaches to language acquisition.  In J. B. Gleason (Ed.), The development of language (5th ed., pp. 254-314).  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon.

Trumbetta, S. L., Bonvillian, J. D., Siedlecki, T., Jr., & Haskins, B. G. (2001).  Language-related symptoms in persons with schizophrenia and how deaf persons may manifest these symptoms.  Sign Language Studies, 1, 228-253.

Bonvillian, J. D., Gershoff, E. T., Seal, B. C., & Richards, H. C.  (2001).  Hand preferences in sign-learning students with autistic disorder.  Laterality, 6, 261-281.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (2002).  Sign communication training and motor functioning in children with autistic disorder and in other populations.  In D. Armstrong, M. Karchmer, & J. V. Van Cleve (Eds.), The study of signed languages:  Essays in honor of William C. Stokoe  (pp. 190-212).  Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (2002).  A sign of things to come-  Sign Language Studies,  2,  217-220.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (2002).  Sign language.  In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Macmillan psychology reference series, Vol. 1:  Child development (p. 366).   Farmington Hills, MI.  
Bonvillian, J. D. (2002).  Of speech and sign:  Language in atypical populations.  Contemporary Psychology, 47, 337-339.

Wright, C. B., Bonvillian, J. D., & Schulman, A. I.  Memory for gestures:  Recall of American Sign Language signs by nonsigning hearing students.  Sign Language Studies, accepted, under revision.

Kopans, L. S., Bonvillian, J. D., & Richards, H. C. College-educated deaf adults’ ratings of closeness, communication mode, and understanding in their childhood sibling relationships.  Submitted for review.

Slavoff, G. R., & Bonvillian, J. D.  Exploring motor functioning in children with autistic disorder.  Submitted for review.

Macari, S. L., & Bonvillian, J. D.  Cognitive abilities and resistance to change in children with autistic disorder.  Submitted for review.

Bonvillian, J. D., Dell, S. B., & Hall, J. L.  Gesture and language origins:  Akbar revisited.  In preparation.

Saah, M. I., Bonvillian, J. D., & Richards, H. C.  Handedness patterns in deaf and hearing college students.  In preparation.

Bonvillian, J. D., Patterson, F. G. P., & Babitz, M. A.  Early sign language acquisition in child and gorilla:  Communicative gestures and cognitive development.  In preparation.

PAPER PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES (10 most recent)  

Bonvillian, J. D., & Slavoff, G. R.  (1999, April).  Motor functioning in children with autistic disorder.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bonvillian, J. D., & Siedlecki, T., Jr.  (1999, July).  The acquisition of the formational aspects of American Sign Language by young children of deaf parents.  Poster presented at the VIIIth triannual meeting of the International Congress for the study of Child Language, San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1999, August).  Sign language and motor functioning in people with autism.  Invited address, third annual Gail S. Mayfield Training Institute, Winchester, VA.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (1999, October).  Sign language, handedness, and motor functioning in children with autistic disorder.  In C. Thuman-Prezioso (Moderator), The impact of sign language research on language acquisition studies.  Symposium conducted at the William C. Stokoe and the Study of Signed Languages conference, Washington, DC.

Bonvillian, J. D.  (2000, July).  Language emergence:  Gestures, signs, and hand preference.  Paper presented at the 7th International Pragmatics Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

Seal, B. C., Bonvillian, J. D., & Richards, H. C.  (2000, November).  Hand preference in the signs of students with autism.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington, DC.

Macari, S., & Bonvillian, J. D. (2001, April).  Cognitive profiles and resistance to change in children with autism.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Marcari, S. L., Bonvillian, J. D., & Slavoff, g. R.  (2001, October).  Resistance to change, fluid reasoning, and motor imitation in children with autism.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Virginia Beach, VA.

Bonvillian, J. D. (2002, March).  Lending a helping hand:  The development of a simplified sign system.  Invited address, 44th annual conference of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Lonke, F., Bonvillian, J. D., Kissane, N., & Owens, M.  (2002, August).  The development of a simplified sign system.  Paper presented at the 9th Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Odense, Denmark.

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE
 
Associate Editor, Sign Language Studies (1989-1991, 1996-1999 )
Advisory or Assistant Editor, Sign Language Studies (1978﷓1988)
Editorial Board, Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders (1983﷓1986), Child Development (1982﷓85), Applied Psycholinguistics (1984﷓ 2002), Sign Language Studies (1991-)

Research proposal evaluation, National Science Foundation, Australian Research Grants Scheme, National Endowment for the Humanities, March of Dimes, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Institutes of Health, National Research Council, The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation.

Guest Consulting Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, Developmental Psychology, American Annals of the Deaf, Journal of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Society for Research in Child Development panel member (Sensory and Motor Disabilities; Psychopathology), Cognitive Therapy and Research, Infant Mental Health Journal, Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, First Language, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Conference on Human Development, Exceptionality, Cognitive Development, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Developmental Science.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Association of University Professors
American Psychological Association (Fellow)
Division of Developmental Psychology (Division 7 APA)
American Psychological Society (Fellow)
American Speech﷓Language﷓Hearing Association
The Gorilla Foundation
International Association for the Study of Child Language
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development
Linguistic Society of America
Merrill﷓Palmer Society
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
Society for Research in Child Development

Former or Inactive Member:
New York Academy of Sciences
Sigma Xi

TEACHING INTERESTS
I especially enjoy teaching courses in the general areas of child development and language acquisition.  Possible courses include introductory psychology, child development, psycholinguistics, language and cognitive development, and seminars on handicapped or exceptional children or selected topics in language development.
 
RESEARCH GRANTS (since joining the University of Virginia faculty)
 
University of Virginia, Faculty Summer Award Grant, June ﷓ August, 1980, $2500.

University of Virginia Research Policy Council.  Preliminary studies of sign language acquisition.  February 1980 ﷓ January 1981, $4480.  (Principal Investigator).

The National Foundation﷓﷓March of Dimes.  Word coding strategies in the deaf.  Part I.  March 1980 ﷓ February 1981, $7000.  (Principal Investigator).

National Institute of Mental Health.  Social Ecology and Development Training Grant.  July 1980 ﷓ July 1983, $33,000 (first year).  (Faculty participant).

University of Virginia, Faculty Summer Award Grant, June ﷓ August 1981, $3000.

University of Virginia Research Policy Council.  Early sign language acquisition.  January 1981 ﷓ December 1981, $4217.  (Principal Investigator).

The National Foundation﷓﷓March of Dimes.  Word coding strategies in the deaf.  Part II.  March 1981 ﷓ September 1981, $3500.  (Principal Investigator).

National Science Foundation.  Early sign language acquisition and cognitive prerequisites for language.  September 1981 ﷓ September 1984, $49,990.  (Principal Investigator).

University of Virginia Research Policy Council.  Manual language acquisition in aphasic patients.  January 1983 ﷓ December 1983, $4794.  (Principal Investigator).

March of Dimes﷓﷓Birth Defects Foundation.  Sign language acquisition and autistic children.  March 1984 ﷓ February 1986, $24,000.  (Principal Investigator).

Gallaudet Research Institute.  Early childhood memory in deaf college students.  December 1984 ﷓ December 1985, $800.  (Co﷓Principal Investigator).

March of Dimes--Birth Defects Foundation.  Sign language acquisition and motor difficulties in autistic children.  March 1990 - February 1992, $24,000.  (Principal Investigator).

March of Dimes--Birth Defects Foundation.  Sign language acquisition and motor difficulties in autistic children.  Part II.  March 1992-February 1993, $9,300.  (Principal Investigator).

The Gorilla Foundation.  The acquisition of American Sign Language phonology in a lowland gorilla.  July 1, 1993-June 30, 1994, $1,200.  (Principal Investigator).

The Spencer Foundation.  The use of sign and gesture in simultaneous systems.  March 1, 1998-December 31, 1998, $12,000.  (Principal Investigator).