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]


Early Learning and Intelligence
1999–1999 Bower, T.G.R. & Aldridge, M.A.All-day workshop presented at the Summer Conference on Early Childhood Education, at the Velma E. Schmidt Program, College of Education, University of North Texas, June 1999.
Newborn perception of emotional voices.
1994–1994 Aldridge, M.A. (1994). Poster presented at the 9th International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS), Paris, France.
Prototype preference and magnets effects in newborns: Evidence for an innate component.
1994–1994 Aldridge, M.A. (1994). Poster presented at the 128th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Austin, TX.
Operant Analyses of Newborn Speech Perception
1996–1996 Aldridge, M.A. Invited presentation at the 10th International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS), Providence, RI, 1996.
Infant music preferences.
2000–2000 Flohr, J., Atkins, D., Bower, T.G.R., & Aldridge, M.A. (2000).Poster presented at the meeting of the Texas Association for Music Education.

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