Michelle Aldridge

Senior Lecturer - School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Tags: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Human Development and Communication Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas - 1997
M.S. - Communication Disorders
University of Texas at Dallas - 1995
B.S. - Psychology
Texas Woman's University - 1992

Research Areas

Research Interests

My primary research interest concerns the early development of communication skills in typically and atypically developing children. One area of focus is speech perception abilities of newborn infants and the organization of speech at birth. My second area of major interest includes language and cognitive development of very young children with autism.


Aldridge, M.A., Stillman, R.D., & Bower, T.G.R. (2001). Newborn categorization of vowel-like sounds. Developmental Science, 4, 220-232. 2001 - Publication
Aldridge, M.A., Stone, K., Sweeney, M., & Bower, T.G.R. (2000). Preverbal children with autism understand the intentions of others. Developmental Science, 3, 294-301. 2000 - Publication
Hernandez, T., Aldridge, M.A., & Bower, T.G.R. (2000). Structural and experiential factors in newborns' speech preferences. Developmental Science, 3, 46-49. 2000 - Publication
Aldridge, M.A., Braga, E., Walton, G., & Bower, T.G.R. (1999). The intermodal representation of speech in newborns. Developmental Science, 2(1) 42-46. 1999 - Publication


Clinical Lecture/ Research Scientist
The University of Texas at Dallas [1996–Present]
Graduate Teaching/ Research Assistant
The University of Texas at Dallas [1992–1995]


A logical analysis of operant and classical conditioning in newborns.
2000–2000 Bower, T.G.R. & Aldridge, M.A. (2000). Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Brighton, England.
Recent Research with Newborn Infants
1999–1999 Bower, T.G.R., & Aldridge, M.A. Paper presented at the Fall Conference on Early Childhood Education, at the Velma E. Schmidt Program, College of Education, University of North Texas, November 1999.
Do preschoolers with PDD have an impaired theory of mind ?
1998–1998 Aldridge, M.A., Stone, K., Sweeney, M., & Bower, T.G.R. (1998). Poster presented at the 1998 conference of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), San Antonio, TX.
Using Operant Learning in Studies of Newborn Speech Perception
1996–1996 Aldridge, M.A. Invited presentation at the symposium Recent Operant Learning Studies with Human lnfants. Presented at the 22nd conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA, 1996.
Hot spots in the newborn vowel space.
1995–1995 Aldridge, M.A., & Bower, T.G.R. (1995). Poster presented at the 130th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), St. Louis, MO.

Additional Information

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • Licensed by Texas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Awards/ Grants
  • 1999 Callier Excellence in Education (4K)
  • Follow-Up study of Children in the Preverbal Program


Professional Affiliations
American Speech-Language Hearing Association Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association Autism Society of America International Society for Infant Studies