Ashley Brooke de Marchena, PhD

Ashley Brooke de Marchena

Ashley Brooke de Marchena PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience


BA, Tufts University

MA, PhD, University of Connecticut

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Research Interests

Autism spectrum disorder

Language and communication



Professor de Marchena’s research focuses on the behavioral presentation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is broadly interested in communication in ASD, including pragmatic language, nonverbal communication, and language acquisition. She is also interested in how hard-to-describe qualitative features of behavior and interaction (for example, “oddness” of posture or “awkwardness” of social approach) drive other people’s reactions to those with ASD, both in clinical contexts and everyday encounters.

Professor de Marchena’s teaching interests including topics in clinical, developmental, and cognitive psychology. She is developing a new course on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and currently teaches Fundamentals of Clinical Research Methods and Abnormal Psychology.

Selected Scholarly Activity

de Marchena, A. & Miller, J. (in press). ‘Frank’ presentations as a novel research construct and element of diagnostic decision-making of autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research.

de Marchena, A. & Eigsti, I.M. (2016). The art of common ground: Emergence of a complex pragmatic language skill in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Language, 43(1), 43-80.

de Marchena, A., Eigsti, I.M., Worek, A., Ono, K., & Snedeker, J. (2011). Mutual exclusivity in autism spectrum disorders: Testing the pragmatic hypothesis. Cognition, 119(1), 96-113.

de Marchena, A. & Eigsti, I.M. (2010). Conversational gestures in autism spectrum disorders: Asynchrony but not decreased frequency. Autism Research, 3(6), 311-322.

Professional Information

Trained Clinical Psychologist with expertise in autism diagnosis.

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall, 214
Mailing address: Box 103
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 267-295-3138
Office Fax: 215-596-7625

a [dot] demarchena [at] usciences [dot] edu