Dr. Allison Fitch is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining the faculty at RIT, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, and received her PhD in Developmental and Brain Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Dr. Fitch is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist. Her research focuses on the inter-relationships between the developing visual cognitive system and language acquisition. She is particularly interested in questions that expand our understanding of how joint attention contributes to language acquisition, and the relationship between early language experiences and low-level visual attention mechanisms. She primarily addresses these questions in infant and toddler populations, particularly deaf children acquiring American Sign Language.