Director, Baby Talk Research Labs

Derek HoustonDepartment of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
915 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43212


BA: University of Oregon, psychology (major), French (minor), 1988-1993
BA: State University of New York at Buffalo, cognitive psychology, 1994-1996
MA: Johns Hopkins University, 1996-1999
PhD: Cognitive psychology, 2000

  • American Psychological Association Young Investigator Award, Monitor on Psychology, 32(11), December 2001
  • Philip F. Holton Scholar (endowed faculty position), Indiana University School of Medicine, 2002 - present
  • Academic Hall of Fame, Milwaukie High School, inducted 2004
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Submission, first place, (mentor, prize awarded to J. Phan), International Conference on Infant Studies, 2006
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Student Supervisor of the Year (nominated), IUPUI Career Center and Office of Student Employment, 2007

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Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor and Philip F. Holton Scholar, 2002 - 2009
Associate Professor and Philip F. Holton Scholar, 2009 - 2015
Director, DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory, 2014 - 2015

Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Adjunct Associate Professor, 2015 - current
PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY

Associate Professor, 2015 - current

Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio


Santelmann, L., Houston, D.M., & Jusczyk, P.W. (1997). 7.5-month-old infants' segmentation of multisyllabic words in fluent speech. In E. Hughes, M. Hughes, and A. Greenhill, (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, (pp. 495-505). Brookline, MA: Cascadilla Press

Dehaene-Lambertz, G., & Houston, D.M. (1998). Faster orientation latency toward native language in two-month-old infants. Language and Speech, 41, 21-43

Jusczyk, P.W., Houston, D.M., & Goodman, M. (1998). Speech perception during the first year. In A. Slater (Ed.) Perceptual development: Visual, auditory, and language development, (pp. 357-388). London: Psychology Press

Houston, D.M., Jusczyk, P.W., & Tager, J. (1998). Talker-specificity and the persistence of infants' word representations. In A. Greenhill et al (Eds.) Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, (pp. 385-396). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press

Kuijpers, C., Coolen, R., Houston, D., & Cutler, A. (1998). Using the head-turning technique to explore cross-linguistic performance differences. In C. Rovee-Collier & L. P. Lipsitt (Eds.) Advances in Infancy Research, (pp. 205-220). Stamford, CT: Ablex

Jusczyk, P.W., Houston, D.M., & Newsome, M. (1999). The beginnings of word segmentation in English-learning infants. Cognitive Psychology, 39, 159-207. 7. Houston, D. M., Jusczyk, P. W., Kuijpers, C., Coolen, R., & Cutler, A. (2000). Crosslanguage word segmentation by 9-month-olds. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 7(3), 504-509

Houston, D.M., & Jusczyk, P.W. (2000). The role of talker-specific information in word segmentation by infants. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26(5), 1570-1582 (Paper led to APA Young Investigator Award, 2001)

Houston, D.M., Carter, A.K., Ying, E.A., Kirk, K.I., & Pisoni, D.B. (2000). Early word learning skills of hearing-impaired children who use cochlear implants: Development of procedures and some preliminary findings. Research on Spoken Language Processing Progress Report No. 24. Indiana University Speech Research Laboratory, Bloomington, IN

Houston, D.M. (2000). Speech perception and language skills of deaf infants who use cochlear implants: A review of assessment procedures and a research plan. Research on Spoken Language Processing Progress Report No. 24 (pp. 378-392). Indiana University Speech Research Laboratory, Bloomington, IN

Jusczyk, D.M. & Houston, D.M. (2001). How talker variability influences infants’ lexical representations. In R. Smits, J. Kingston, T.M. Neary, & R. Zondervan (Eds.), Proceedings of SPRAAC (Workshop on Speech Recognition as Pattern Classification). Nijmegen: MPI Psycholinguistics

Houston, D.M. (2002). What infants learn about native language sound organization during their first year, and what may happen if they don’t. In K. Schauwers, P. Govaerts, & S. Gillis (Eds.) Antwerp Papers in Linguistics 102: Language Acquisition in Young Children with a Cochlear Implant. (pp. 11-21). University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Houston, D.M., & Pisoni, D.B. (2002). Early speech perception and language development in normal-hearing and deaf infants following cochlear implantation. In K.T. Houston (Ed.) The Role of Audition in Spoken Language (pp 5-8), Washington, DC: AG Bell

Houston, D.M., Pisoni, D.B., Kirk, K.I., Ying, E.A., & Miyamoto, R.T. (2003). Speech perception skills of deaf infants following cochlear implantation: A first report. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 67, 479-495

Miyamoto, R.T., Houston, D.M., Kirk, K.I., Perdew, A.E., & Svirsky, M.A. (2003). Language development in deaf infants following cochlear implantation. Acta OtoLaryngologica, 123, 241-244

Houston, D.M., & Jusczyk, P.W. (2003). Infants’ long-term memory for the sound pattern of words and voices. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 29, 1143-1154. (Study was reported on in the APA Monitor (Vol. 34, No.11, December 2003)

Houston, D. M., Ying, E. A., Pisoni, D. B., & Kirk, K. I. (2003). Development of pre wordlearning skills in infants with cochlear implants. The Volta Review, 103 monograph, 303-326

Houston, D.M., Tincoff, R., & Jusczyk, P.W. (2003). 7.5-month-olds' memory for words after a 1-week delay. In D. Houston, A Seidl, G.Hollich, E. Johnson, & A. Jusczyk (Eds.) Jusczyk Lab Final Report. Retrieved from

Houston, D., Jusczyk, P.W., & Jusczyk, A.M. (2003). Memory for bisyllables in 2-montholds. In D. Houston, A Seidl, G.Hollich, E. Johnson, & A. Jusczyk (Eds.) Jusczyk Lab Final Report. Retrieved from

Miyamoto, R. T., Houston, D. M., & Kirk, K. I. (2003). Early cochlear implantation in congenitally deaf children. Audiology Today (October), 35-40

Houston, D.M., Santelmann, L., & Jusczyk, P.W. (2004). English-learning infants' segmentation of trisyllabic words from fluent speech. Language and Cognitive Processes, 19, 97-136

Houston, D. M., Carter, A. K., Pisoni, D. B., Kirk, K. I., & Ying, E. A. (2005). Word learning in children following cochlear implantation. The Volta Review, 105, 41-72

Miyamoto, R.T., Houston, D.M., & Bergeson, T.R. (2005). Cochlear Implantation in Deaf Infants. The Laryngoscope, 155, 1376-1380

Houston, D.M. (2005). Speech perception in infants. In D.B. Pisoni & R.E. Remez (Eds.) Handbook of Speech Perception (pp. 417-448). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Houston, D. M. (2005). Speech perception in deaf infants with cochlear implants. Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, ASHA, 15, 5-9

Nazzi, T. & Houston, D.M. (2006). Finding verb forms within the continuous speech stream. In K. Hirsh-Pasek & R.M. Golinkoff (Eds.) Action meets word: How children learn verbs (pp. 64-87). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Houston, D.M., Horn, D.L., Qi, R., Ting, J., & Gao, S. (2007). Assessing speech discrimination in individual infants. Infancy, 12, 119-145

Horn, D.L., Houston, D.M., & Miyamoto, R.T. (2007). Speech discrimination skills in deaf infants before and after cochlear implantation. Audiological Medicine, 5, 232-241

Hollich, G. & Houston, D.M. (2007). Language development: From speech perception to first words. In A. Slater & M. Lewis (Eds.) Introduction to Infant Development (pp. 170-188). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Miyamoto, R.T., Hay-McCutcheon, M.J., Kirk, K.I., Houston, D.M., & Bergeson-Dana, T. (2008). Language skills of profoundly deaf children who received cochlear implants under 12-months of age: A preliminary study. Acta Otolaryngologica, 128, 373-377

Brigance, J.S., Miyamoto, R.C., Schilt, P, Houston, D.M., Wiebke, J.L., Givan, D., & Matt, B.H. (2009). Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea in infants and young toddlers. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 140, 912-916

Elder, D., Richie, C. & Houston, D.M. (2009). The Relation Between Early Word Stress Discrimination and Later Lexical Development. Research on Spoken Language Processing, No. 29 (pp. 255-269). Bloomington, IN: Speech Research Laboratory, Indiana University

Field, S. L., Shafto, C. L., Houston, D. M., Conway, C. M., & Tinter, S. (2009). Visual sequence learning in normal hearing and hearing-impaired infants: Finding an early predictor of language. Research on Spoken Language Processing, No. 29 (pp. 330-342). Bloomington, IN: Speech Research Laboratory, Indiana University

Musunuru, S., Houston, D. M., Pope, S. (2009). Visual Recognition Memory in 5- and 8- month-old infants and its relation to vocabulary development. Research on Spoken Language Processing, No. 29 (pp. 306-315). Bloomington, IN: Speech Research Laboratory, Indiana University

Phan, J. & Houston, D. M. (2009). Infant Dialect Discrimination. Research on Spoken Language Processing, No. 29 (pp. 316 -329). Bloomington, IN: Speech Research Laboratory, Indiana University

Bergeson, T., Houston, D.M., & Miyamoto, R.T. (2010). Effects of congenital hearing loss and cochlear implantation on audiovisual speech perception in infants and children. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 28, 157-165

Houston, D.M., & Miyamoto, R.T. (2010). Effects of early auditory experience on word learning and speech perception in deaf children with cochlear implants: Implications for sensitive periods of language development. Otology & Neurotology, 31, 1248-1253

Houston, D. M., Hay-McCutcheon, M., Bergeson, T. R., & Miyamoto, R. T. (2010). Cochlear Implants: Technology. In E. B. Goldstein (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Perception (pp. 245-249). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications

Ma, W., Golinkoff, R.M., Houston, D.M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2011). Word learning in Infant- and adult-directed speech. Language, Learning, and Development, 7, 185 – 201

Houston, D. M. (2011) Infant Speech Perception. In R. Seewald and A. M. Tharpe (Eds.) Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology (pp. 47-62). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, Inc.

Shafto, C. L., Conway, C. M., Field, S. L., & Houston, D. M. (2012). Visual Sequence Learning in Infancy: A Domain-General Predictor of Vocabulary. Infancy, 17, 247-271

Houston, D.M., Beer, J., Bergeson, T.R., Chin, S.B., Pisoni, D.B., & Miyamoto, R.T. (2012). The ear is connected to the brain: Some new directions in the study of children with cochlear implants at Indiana University, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 23, 446-463.

Houston, D.M., Stewart, J., Moberly, A., Hollich, G., & Miyamoto, R.T. (2012). Word learning in deaf children with cochlear implants: Effects of early auditory experience, Developmental Science, 15(3), 448-461.

Schwartz, R.G., Steinman, S., Ying, E., Mystal, E.Y., & Houston, D.M. (2013). Language processing in children with cochlear implants: A preliminary report on lexical access for production and comprehension, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27(4), 264-277

Houston, D.M. & Bergeson, T.R. (2014). Hearing versus Listening: Attention to Speech and Its Role in Language Acquisition in Deaf Infants with Cochlear Implants, Lingua, 139, 10-25

Warner-Czyz, A., Houston, D.M., & Hynan, L. (2014). Effect of reduced spectral resolution on vowel discrimination in 6-month-old infants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135(5), 3017-3024

Cristia, A., Seidl, A., & Houston, D.M. (Under Revision). Test-retest reliability in infant speech perception tasks

Phan, J., Houston, D.M., Xu, H., & Miyamoto, R.T. (Under Revision). Cochlear Implantation in Infants Younger than 12 Months of Age

Phan, J., Houston, D.M., Ruffin, C., Ting, J., & Holt, Rachael, F. (Under Revision). Factors affecting speech discrimination in children with cochlear implants: Evidence from early implanted infants

Shafto, C., Houston, D.M., & Bergeson, T.R. (Under Revision). Sensory Deprivation and Cognitive Development: Findings from Deaf Infants

Phan, J. & Houston, D.M. (Under Revision). Infant dialect discrimination

Teaching and Mentoring

Director, Summer Research Traineeship for Medical Students, 2002 - 2007
Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Conducted as a part of NIDCD training (T32 DC00012; PD: David Pisoni, Ph.D.) Training in speech, hearing and sensory communication.

Language Development in Children with Cochlear Implants (2013). European Masters in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL) 4-week course in Potsdam, Germany.

Guest Lectures for courses and seminars:
Physiological Psychology, Johns Hopkins University (1996); Developmental Psychology, Johns Hopkins University (1997); Human Neuropsychology, Johns Hopkins University (1998); Oral Rehabilitation, Butler University (2001); Cochlear Implants, Indiana University School of Medicine (2001); Sensorimotor Neuroplasticity, Indiana University (2002); Research Methods, University of Washington (2005); Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Riley Hospital for Children (2006); Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis; Pediatric Audiology, Indiana University (2007, 2008); Summer Research Traineeship, DeVault Otologic Research Lab (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); Implantable Auditory Prostheses, Indiana University (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Audiology Online lecture (2011)

Medical Student Mentoring, 2001 - 2014
(First year medical students in the NIH Summer Research Traineeship)
2001 Steven Fountain: Perception of “Elliptical” Speech (co-mentor with David Pisoni)
2001 Andrew Sprunger: Talker Discrimination in Adult Cochlear Implant Users (co-mentor with
Karen Kirk)
2002 Jessica Stewart: Word Learning in Deaf Infants after Cochlear Implantation
2003 Aaron Moberly: Development of a Novel Word Learning Test for Infants
2004 Preethi Seshadri: Sensitivity to Rhythmic Properties of Speech in Normal-Hearing infants and
Deaf Infants with Cochlear Implants
2005 Joseph Smith: Test-retest reliability of a Novel Test of Infant Speech Discrimination
2006 Margaret Benson: Infants’ Discrimination of Vowels: Test-Retest Reliability
2008 Suzanne Field: Visual Sequence Learning in Normal Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Infants:
Finding an Early Predictor of Language
2008 Swapna Musunuru: Visual Recognition Memory in five- and eight-month-old infants and its relation
to vocabulary development
2009 Rohan Sharma: Heart Rate Deceleration as a Measure of Speech Discrimination and the
Importance of Habituation in Novelty Preference
2010 Ben Rejowski: Speech Discrimination: Using Heart Rate to Assess Attention to Speech and
Nonspeech Analogues in Infants
2014 Jigar Patel: Effects of Hearing Loss on Early Childhood Temperament

(Third and fourth year medical students research electives)
2008 – 2009 Allison Taraska: A Heart-Rate Based Measure of Infant Speech Discrimination
2008 – 2009 Jennifer Phan: Infant Dialect Discrimination
2010 Michelle Srisuwananukorn: Influence of language on stress-pattern discrimination

Post-doc Mentoring and collaborating
2003 – 2005 David Horn, MD
2005 – 2006 Rachael Holt, PhD
2005 – 2007 Jonathan Ting, MD
2010 – 2012 Jennifer Phan, MD
2011 – 2013 Chad Ruffin, MD
2012 – Irina Castellanos, PhD

Undergraduate Thesis Mentoring
2004 – 2005 Jennifer Phan, Psychology, IUPUI
Thesis title: Dialect Discrimination in Infants

2007 – 2008 Danielle Elder, Communication Disorders, Butler University
Thesis title: The Relation Between Word Stress Discrimination in Early Speech Perception and Later Lexical Development

Undergraduate Internship Course
2006 - Faculty supervisor, SH404 Communication Disorders Internship, Butler University
Students since 2006: 19

Master’s Student Mentoring
2005 – 2007 Jonathan Ting, MD, Master’s in Clinical Research

PhD Student Mentoring
2008 – 2013 Carissa Shafto, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Louisville
Dissertation title: Relations Between Nonverbal Cognitive Ability and Spoken Language
Development: Implications for Deaf Toddlers Who Use Cochlear Implants

Other Dissertation Committees
2007 – 2008 Rachel Schmale, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University
Dissertation title: The Role of Variability in Voice and Foreign Accent in the Development of Early Word Representations
2013 - Talita Fortunato-Tavares, PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, City University of New York
Tentative title: Prosodic Boundary Effects on Syntactic Disambiguation in Children with Cochlear Implants
2014 - Zarabeth Waldman, PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, City University of New York