Joshua John Diehl

Faculty Fellow, Master of Autism Studies Chief Program Officer for Child & Adolescent Services, LOGAN Center

"This program is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the autistic experience. Students won't just become experts in the field; they will become savants."

jdiehl@logancenter.org

Dr. Diehl is the Chief Program Officer for Child & Adolescent Services at LOGAN Center. In addition, he holds concurrent appointments as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Dr. Diehl received his B.A. from Princeton University in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester, where he was a LEND fellow. He completed a clinical psychology internship at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, New York, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Diehl has received recognition for his research, teaching, and clinical work. He is also a proud “sib”; his little brother was born with a developmental disability and is the inspiration for his work.

Dr. Diehl also has an active program of research. His research focuses on supporting both the individual with autism and his or her family. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including an ongoing R01 from the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His work is interdisciplinary by nature; he has published his work in prominent journals and book chapters in the fields of Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, Linguistics, Robotics, and Disability Studies. His work on the clinical uses of robots for ASD treatment has been featured on NBC, MSNBC, PBS, Times of India, WebMD, and in the Wall Street Journal. 

Education

PhD, University of Rochester (NY)
BA, Princeton University 

Area of Expertise

Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities
Research methods

Research Interests

Individual and family treatment
Integration of technology into treatment
Social-communication

Graduate Courses Taught

AUST 520: A Biopsychosocial Understanding of the Autism Spectrum
AUST 540: Approaches to Autism Intervention

Awards and Honors

  • Helen & Vincent Nowlis Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Alfred Baldwin Award for Excellence in Research
  • Doctoral Internship Award for Excellence in the Clinical Psychology Program

Recent Presentations, Lectures or Addresses

Patel, S., Nayar, K., Martin, G.E., Lee, M., Crawford, S., La Valle, C., Diehl, J.J., & Losh, M. (2017, May). Discourse profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A family study of prosody. Presented at the International Meeting For Autism Research, San Francisco, CA.

Diehl, J.J. (2017). First Responders: Identifying & attending to individuals with disabilities in a crisis. Ancilla College, Donaldson, IN.

Kaboski, J. Mancuso, F., Tang, K., Miller, H., Stotz, M., Fisher, E., Georgeson, J., Hendrix, K., Huschke, A., Klee, D., Nester, K., O’Boyle, K., Ramos, G., Riemersma, J., Simon, L., & Diehl, J. J. (2017, May). Computer and technology club as social performance intervention for adolescents with ASD and their peers. Presented at the International Meeting for autism Research (IMFAR), San Francisco, CA.

Diehl, J.J. (2017). Beyond Awareness: Spreading knowledge about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of autism. Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN.

Diehl, J.J. (2016, May) Translational Approaches to Abnormal Communication in ASD: Discussant. Presented at the International Meeting For Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Diehl, J.J., Bergman, K.N., Kaboski, J., Lee, C., Likens, J., Miller, H., & Cummings, E.M. (2016, May). Families of youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities: A theory-based intervention. Presented at the International Meeting For Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Kaboski, J., Diehl, J.J., Kawalec, K.E., Tang, K., Van Steenwyk, H.N., Miller, H., Prough, M., Riemersma, J., Ramos, G., Klee, D., Simon, L., Georgeson, J.L., Tracy, E. (2016, May). Summer Camps as Social Performance Interventions for Adolescents with ASD and Their Peers. Presented at the 2016 International Meeting For Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Simon, L.T., Georgeson, J.L., Stoddart, R., Latham, S., Wier, K.G., Marciniak, L. & Diehl, J.J. (2016, May). Creativity Camp: A Pilot Study to Reduce Social Anxiety and Improve Social Skills in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Georgeson, J.L., Simon, L.T., Latham, S., Wier, K., Marciniak, L., Diehl, J.J. (2016, March). Summer creativity camp: A controlled experiment to increase social engagement between adolescents with ASD and their peers. Presented at the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Przbylowski, L., Sartorato, F., Phillips, A., Kavilaveettil, R., Childers, K., Prough, M., Diehl, J.J., & Sarko, D.K. (2015, October). Audiovisual processing of social robot stimuli: Understanding therapeutic outcomes in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Diehl, J.J., Kaboski, J, Beriont, J., Villano, M., Tang, K., Miller, H., Flatley, A, Hartman, N., Kawalec, K., Prough, M., Simon, L., Van Steenwyk, H., McWherter, W., Won, M., Crowell, C.R. (2015, May). Using a summer robotics camp to reduce social anxiety and improve social/vocational skills in ASD. Presented at the International Meeting For Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kaboski, J., Greenawalt, B., Clark, M., Hartman, N., Kawalec, K., Flatley, A., & Diehl, J. J. (2015, May). Profiles and outcomes of comorbid ASD and ADHD from childhood to adulthood, from ages 6 through 25. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.

Tang, K., Dammann, A., Won, M., Hartman, N., Flatley, A., Kawalec, K., Van Steenwyk, H., Crowell, C. R., Villano, M., Wier, K., & Diehl, J. J. (2015, May). Great expectations: The influence of parent outcome expectancies on social skills gains in children with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.

Musloff, J., Portenier, D., Diehl, J.J., Villano, M., & Crowell, C.R. (2015, May). The effects of an interactive robot on increasing communication skills for children with autism spectrum disorders. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kaboski, J., Greenawalt, B., Clark, M., Hartman, N., Flatley, A., Kawalec, K., & Diehl, J.J. (2015, March). Childhood Profiles and Adult Outcomes in Comorbid ASD and ADHD. Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Kaboski, J., Beriont, J., Crowell, C.R., Villano, M., Tang, K., Miller, H., Flatley, A., Hartman, N., Kawalec, K., Prough, M., Simon, L., VanSteenwyk, H., McWherter, W., Won, M., Diehl, J.J. (2015, March). Summer robotics camp: A social/vocational intervention for adolescents with ASD and their peers. Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Sartorato, F., Przybylowksi, L., Kennedy, N., Prough, M., Diehl, J.J., & Sarko, D.K. (2014, November). The effect of naturalistic versus robotic stimuli on multisensory processing: Applications for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at Neuroscience 2014, the Annual Meeting for the Society of Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Diehl, J.J. (2014). Using Technology to Improve Communication in ASD: What Humans Can Learn from Robots. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Diehl, J.J. (2014, April). Using innovation and good science to improve treatments for autism. Presented at the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Diehl, J.J. (2014). More than words: What prosody tells us about autism spectrum disorder. Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Kurian, A.M., Diehl, J.J., Frost, S.J., Mencl, W.E., Pugh, K.R. (2014, April). Neural correlates of a language and non-language visuospatial processing in adolescents with reading disability. Presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA.   

Publications

Diehl, J.J. (in press). Clinical applications of speech technology for autism spectrum disorder. In A. Neustein & M. Kulshreshtha (Eds.), Evaluating the Role of Speech Technology in Medical Case Management. Boston: DeGruyter Publishing.

Zenk, J., Crowell, C.R., Villano, M., Kaboski, J., Tang, K., & Diehl, J.J. (2017). Unconventional studies in HRI education: A review of two initiatives. Journal of Human Robot Interaction, 6(2), 92-110. doi: 10.5898/JHRI.6.2.Zenk

McDonnell, C.G., Valentino, K., & Diehl, J.J. (2017). A developmental psychopathology perspective on autobiographical memory in autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Review, 44, 59-81. doi: 10.1016/j.dr.2017.01.001

Diehl, J.J., Friedberg, C., Paul, R., & Snedeker, J. (2015). The use of prosody during syntactic processing in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 867-884. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414000741

Kaboski, J.R., Diehl, J.J., Beriont, J., Crowell, C.R., Villano, M., Wier, K., & Tang, K. (2015). Brief Report: A pilot summer robotics camp to reduce social anxiety and improve social/vocational skills for adolescents with ASD and their peers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 3862-3869. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2153-3

Diehl, J.J., McDonnell, C.G., & Valentino, K. (2015). Autism Spectrum Disorder. In B. Flamez and C.J. Sheperis (Eds) Diagnosing and Treating Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (pp. 103-117). Hoboken NJ: Wiley Publishing.

Diehl, J.J., Frost, S.J., Sherman, G., Mencl, W.E., Kurian, A., Molfese, P., Landi, N., Preston, J., Soldan, A., Fulbright, R.K., Rueckl, J., Seidenberg, M.S., Hoeft, F., & Pugh, K.R. (2014). Neural correlates of language and non-language visual processing in adolescents with reading disability. Neuroimage, 101, 653-666. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.07.029.

Diehl, J.J., Crowell, C.R., Villano, M., Wier, K., Tang, K., & Riek, L. (2014). The clinical applications of robots in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In V.B. Patel, V.R. Preedy, and C.R. Martin (Eds.), Comprehensive Guide to Autism (pp. 411-422). New York: Springer-Verlag Publishing. (25+ citations)

Bolte E. & Diehl, J.J. (2013). Measurement tools and target symptoms/skills used to assess treatment response in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(11), 2491-2501. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1798-7.

Diehl, J.J., & Paul, R. (2013). Acoustic and perceptual measurements of prosody production on the PEPS-C by children with autism. Applied Psycholinguistics, 34, 135-161. doi: 10.1017/S0142716411000646. PMCID: PMC3223739.

Millea, M.A., Shea, N.M., & Diehl, J.J. (2013). Understanding the interaction of temperament and social skills in the development of social anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism, S3(002), 1-7. doi: 10.4172/2165-7890.S3-002.

Shea, N.M.*, Millea, M.A., & Diehl, J.J. (2013). Perceived autonomy support in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, S3(001), 1-6. doi: 10.4172/2165-7890.S3-001.

Diehl, J.J., & Paul, R. (2012). Acoustic differences in the imitation of prosodic patterns in children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6(1), 123-134. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2011.03.012. PMCID: PMC3223739.

Diehl, J.J., Schmitt, L., Crowell, C.R., & Villano, M. (2012). The clinical use of robots for children with autism spectrum disorders: A critical review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6(1), 249-262. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2011.05.006. PMCID: PMC3223958.

Diehl, J.J., Wolf, J., Herlihy, L., & Moller, A.C. (2011). Seeing red: Are colors a window into implicit societal conceptions about the autism spectrum? Disability Studies Quarterly, 31(3). http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1676/1595.

Diehl, J.J. & Paul, R. (2009). The assessment and treatment of prosodic disorders and neurological theories of prosody. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11, 287-292. doi: 10.1080/17549500902971887. PMCID: PMC2941239

Diehl, J.J., Watson, D., Bennetto, L., McDonough, J., & Gunlogson, C. (2009). An acoustic analysis of prosody in high-functioning autism. Applied Psycholinguistics, 30, 1-20. doi:10.1017/S0142716409090201

Arnold, J.A., Bennetto, L., & Diehl, J.J. (2009). Reference production in young speakers with and without autism. Cognition, 110, 131-146. doi: 10.1080/01690960801920099. PMID: 19111285

Diehl, J.J., Bennetto, L., Watson, D., Gunlogson, C., & McDonough, J. (2008). Resolving ambiguity: A psycholinguistic approach to prosody processing in high-functioning autism. Brain and Language, 106, 144-152. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2008.04.002. PMCID: PMC2603133.

Diehl, J.J., Bennetto, L., & Young, E.C. (2006). Story recall and narrative coherence of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34, 83-98. doi: 10.1007/s10802-005-9003-x.

Young, E.C., Diehl, J.J., Morris, D., Hyman, S.L., & Bennetto, L. (2005). The use of two language tests to distinguish pragmatic language problems in children with autism spectrum disorders. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 36, 62-72. doi: 10.1044/0161-1461(2005/006).