Kristen Frances Schroeder
My research interests pertain to language and communication development among individuals with autism spectrum conditions. In particular, I am interested in better understanding developmental patterns that may be typical of ASC as well as factors that contribute to variability in language outcomes among this diverse population.
I am affiliated with the Creativity and Convention in Pragmatic Development project which aims to account for stages in pragmatic development among both neurotypical and autistic children. Autistic individuals often find non-literal uses of language to be a challenging facet of human communication. Our current research aims to better understand what factors account for these challenges and whether difficulty with non-literal language may be analogous to stages of typical pragmatic development or have a differing etiology. In particular, I am exploring the development of metonymy comprehension across a diverse profile of children and adolescents with ASC.
- 2019: PhD Cognitive Science and Language, University of Barcelona, Spain (Supervisors: Wolfram Hinzen and Joana Rosselló Ximenes).
- 2013: MA, Cognitive Science and Language, University of Barcelona, Spain. (Supervisor: Anna Gavarró)
- 2008: BA, English and Spanish, University of California, Davis, USA.
Grants and Funding
Postdoctoral research fellowship 2020-2023, Norwegian Research Council, FINNUT
- Predoctoral fellowship 2014-2109, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness [FFI2013-40526P]
Papers in progress
Linguistic markers of autism spectrum conditions in narratives: a comprehensive analysis. In preparation. (with J. Rosselló, T. Ribalta, & W. Hinzen)
Comprehension of referential noun phrases in autism spectrum conditions with and without intellectual disability. In preparation. (with J. Rosselló & W. Hinzen).
Martin, Tx., Schroeder, K., & Hinzen, W. (in press). The cognitive function of determiners. To appear in: The Oxford Handbook of Determiners. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter.
Schroeder, K., Durrleman S., Sanfelieu Delgado, A., Masana Marin, A., & Hinzen, W. (2021). Relations between intensionality, theory of mind and complex syntax in autism spectrum conditions, 59, 101071, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2021.101071
Hinzen, W. & Schroeder, K. (2020). Functional categories and neurodiversity. Linguistic Analysis 42 (3-4), 642-676.
Hinzen, W., Slušná, D., Schroeder, K., Sevilla, G., Vila Borrellas, E. Mind–Language = ? The significance of non‐verbal autism. (2019) Mind & Language, 35 (4), 514- 538. https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12257
Jensen de Lopez, K., Schroeder, K. & Gavarró, A. (2018). Successful passive sentence comprehension among Danish adolescents with high-functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, 0, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2396941518761239
Vila Borrellas, E., Schroeder, K., Rosselló Ximenes, J., & Hinzen, W. (2016). Approach to language in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of psychopathology and mental health of children and adolescents, 83-90.
Hinzen, W., Rosselló, J., Mattos, O., Schroeder, K., & Vila, E. (2015). The image of mind in the language of children with autism. Frontiers in psychology, 6, 841. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00841
Hinzen, W. & Schroeder, K. (2015). Is the First Person a grammatical concept essentially? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 22 (11-12), 149-179.