Pumpki Lei Su

Pumpki Lei Su is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University, working with Drs. Jim Bodfish, Stephen Camarata, and Paul Yoder. She started her combined M.S./PhD program in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt in Fall 2015 and received her M.S. Summer 2018. Before here, she received her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, with double majors in Linguistics and Communication Sciences & Disorders and minor in French Language and Literature .

Her research focuses on language impairments in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Language deficits are common in children with ASD and tend to persist and affect long-term academic achievement, communication outcomes, social participation, and quality of life. She hopes to serve the field of speech-language pathology and improve long-term language outcomes in children with ASD through two lines of research:

  • Identifying malleable factors during parent-child interactions that improve the uptake and processing of language input in children with ASD
  • Understanding clinical manifestations of language impairments and improving access to language intervention in bilingual children with developmental disabilities and language impairments

Pumpki is originally from Shanghai, China but has lived in Shanghai, Evanston, Arles, Copenhagen, and Nashville. In her spare time, she likes to swing dance, play ukulele, bake and cook, travel, take and develop photos, and cuddle with her two cats.


Email: lei.su@vanderbilt.edu