Doctoral student in Developmental Psychology


Jenny is a doctoral student in the developmental program working with Susan-Goldin-Meadow and Amanda Woodward. She graduated in 2012 from Wellesley College where she did research with Jennie Pyers and Barbara Beatty on language and cognitive development in deaf children. After graduation, as a Susan Rappaport Knafel Scholar, she did British Sign Language development research at University College London with Gary Morgan, Pamela Perniss, and Gabriella Vigliocco. Then, she went on to teach in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship in 2014-2015.


Research Interests

Jenny is broadly interested in the interplay of gesture and language in sign and spoken languages and asking whether gesture predicts learning in deaf children in the same way as hearing children. She is also interested in sign and spoken language development in infancy.

Selcted Presentations and Publications

Lu, J., Jones, A., & Morgan, G. (2016). Early sign phonological development in deaf children: age of acquisition and quality of input matter. Journal of Child Language. 1, 1-16..

Perniss, P., Lu, J., Morgan, G., & Vigliocco, G. (under review). The Role of Iconicity in Linking Language to World: Evidence from Sign Language Input.

Perniss, P., Lu, J., Morgan, G., Vigliocco, G. (2015, July). Word learning in non-ostensive contexts: the role of iconicity in child-directed signing. International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Presentation.

Pyers, J., Lu, J., Magid, R., Gentner, D., & Emmorey, K. (2011, November). Acquisition of spatial language in American Sign Language is linked to spatial cognition. Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA. Presentation.