Dr. Ramsay completed a Ph.D. in electronics and electrical engineering at the University of Southampton in England and received an M.Phil. from Cambridge University in speech and language processing after undergraduate studies in engineering. He was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institut de la Communication Parlae in Grenoble, France for two years, and also worked at the University of Waterloo, Canada and the Universita Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
He has held visiting positions at the University of Western Sydney, Australia and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Before coming to Emory and Marcus Autism Center, he was an Associate Research Scientist in the autism program led by Ami Klin, Ph.D., at the Yale Child Study Center, a Fellow of Saybrook College at Yale University, and Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories.
At Marcus Autism Center, he directs the Spoken Communication Laboratory.
He is also Principal Investigator for Project 2, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Autism Center of Excellence grant, and Director of the Data Analysis & Management Core on the NIH Autism Center of Excellence.
His research focuses on mathematical models of speech production and perception, which he is currently applying to developmental profiling of vocal behavior, spoken communication, and social interaction in infants at risk of autism.
In collaboration with Drs. Jones and Klin, his research helps to show how early-emerging mechanisms of social engagement are potentially derailed in ASD in the first year of life. This will eventually lead to evidence-based technologies for early detection and intervention to address the social communication deficit in autism.
Paul, R., Fuerst, Y., Ramsay, G., Chawarska, K. & Klin, A. (2011). Out of the mouths of babes: Vocal production in infant siblings of children with ASD, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 52(5): 588-598.
Wyk, B. C. V., Ramsay, G. J., Hudac, C. M., Jones, W., Lin, D., Klin, A., Lee, S. M. & Pelphrey, K. (2010). Cortical integration of audio-visual speech and non-speech stimuli, Brain and Cognition 74(2): 97-106.
Klin, A., Lin, D. J., Gorrindo, P., Ramsay, G. & Jones, W. (2009). Two-year-olds with autism orient to non-social contingencies rather than biological motion, Nature 459(7244): 257-260.
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