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In Press

  • Schleier, R., Iverson, J.M., King, A.P., & West, M.J. (in press). Transitivity types predict communicative abilities in infants at risk of autism. Journal of Social Structure.
  • Sansavini, A., Guarini, A., Zuccarini, M., Lee, J., Faldella, G., & Iverson, J.M. (in press). Low rates of pointing in 18-month-olds at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder and extremely preterm infants: A common index of language delay. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology.
  • Northrup, J.B. & Iverson, J.M. (in press). The development of mother-infant coordination across the first year of life. Developmental Psychology.
  • West, K.L., *Roemer, E.J., *Northrup, J.B., & Iverson, J.M. (in press). Profiles of action-gesture development in infants with an older sibling with ASD. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Publications by Year



  • Benassi, E., Savini, S., Iverson, J.M., Caselli, M.C., Alessandroni, R., Faldella, G., & Sansavini, A. (2018). Maternal responses and development of communication skills in extremely preterm infants. First Language, 38, 175-197.
  • Iverson, J.M. (2018). Early motor and communicative development in infants with an older sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 2673-2684.
  • Iverson, J.M., Northrup, J.B., Leezenbaum, N.B., Parladé, M.V., Koterba, E.A., & West, K.L. (2018). Early communicative and language development in infant siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48, 55-71.
  • Zuccarini, M., Guarini, A., Iverson, J. M., Benassi, E., Savini, S., Alessandroni, R., ... & Sansavini, A. (2018). Does early object exploration support gesture and language development in extremely preterm infants and full-term infants? Journal of Communication Disorders, 76, 91-100.





  • Goldin-Meadow, S. & Iverson, J.M. (2010).  Gesturing over the lifespan.  In R. Lerner and W. Overton (Eds.), Handbook of lifespan development.  Volume 1: Methods, biology, neuroscience, and cognitive development (pp. 36-55). New York: John Wiley.
  • Longobardi, E., Caselli, M.C., & Iverson, J.M. (2007). Input bimodale gesti e parole nell’interazione madre-bambino con sindrome di Down e con sviluppo tipico [Bimodal gestured and spoken input in interactions between mothers of children with Down syndrome and mothers of typically-developing children]. Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, 9, 391-406.


  • Volterra, V., Iverson, J.M., & Castrataro, M. (2005). The development of gesture in hearing and deaf children. In B. Schick,M. Marschark, & P. Spencer (Eds.), Advances in sign language development by deaf children (pp.46-70). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Capirci, O., Caselli, M.C., Iverson, J.M., Pizzuto, E., Volterra, V. (2002). Gesture and the nature of language in infancy: The role of gesture as a transitional device enroute to two-word speech. In D.F. Armstrong, M.A. Karchmer, & J.V. Van Cleve (Eds.), The study of signed languages: Essays in honor of William C. Stokoe (pp. 213-246). Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.
  • Iverson, J.M. (2001). Coordination between vocalization and rhythmic limb movements in 6- to 9-month-old infants. In J. van der Kamp, A. Ledebt, G. Savelsbergh, & E. Thelen (Eds.), Advances in motor development and learning in infancy (pp. 105-106). Amsterdam: IFKB.
  • Iverson, J.M. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2001). The resilience of gesture in talk: Gesture in blind speakers and listeners. Developmental Science, 4, 416-422.


  • Iverson, J.M. & Thelen, E. (1999). The hand leads the mouth in ontogenesis too. Brain and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Iverson, J.M. (1998). Gesture when there is no gestural model. In J.M. Iverson & S. Goldin-Meadow (Eds.), The nature and functions of gesture in children's communication. New Directions for Child Development, no. 79 (pp. 89-100). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Iverson, J.M. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (Eds.) (1998). The nature and functions of gesture in children's communication New Directions for Child Development, no. 79. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Iverson, J.M. & Thal, D.J. (1998). Communicative transitions: There's more to the hand than meets the eye. In A.M. Wetherby, S.F. Warren & J. Reichle (Eds.), Transitions in prelinguistic communication: Preintentional to intentional and presymbolic to symbolic (pp. 59-86). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.
  • Iverson, J.M. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (1997). What's communication got to do with it? Gesture in congenitally blind children. Developmental Psychology, 33, 453-467.
  • Volterra, V. & Iverson, J.M. (1995). When do modality factors affect the course of language acquisition? In K. Emmorey & J. Reilly (Eds.), Language, gesture, and space (pp. 371-390). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Wozniak, R.H. & Iverson, J.M. (1995). Something borrowed, something new: The comparative developmental method, cultural-historical theory, and Vygotsky's use of sources. Contemporary Psychology, 40, 207-209.