Pumpki Lei Su, PhD, CCC-SLP

Pumpki Lei Su is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder at University of Delaware and a licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University in 2020 and her Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Science in Neurodevelopmental Disorders from Vanderbilt University in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 2015, with double majors in Linguistics and Communication Sciences & Disorders and minor in French Language and Literature.

Her current research focuses on language development in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and bilingual children. She hopes to serve the field of speech-language pathology and improve long-term language outcomes in diverse language learners through two lines of research:

  • Identify malleable aspects of caregiver-child interaction that optimize language outcomes in diverse groups of children

  • Developing culturally and linguistically sensitive approaches to assess language development and identify language impairment in children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Her work has been published in multiple journals, including Autism, Journal of Early Intervention, Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Frontiers in Psychology, etc. She has also presented her work at national and international conferences.

Pumpki is originally from Shanghai, China but has lived in Shanghai, Evanston, Arles, Copenhagen, Nashville, and Delaware. In her spare time, she likes to swing dance (well...in pre-COVID era), play ukulele, bake and cook, travel, take and develop photos (examples below), and cuddle with her two cats and a sheepadoodle puppy.


Email: pls@udel.edu