Yan Yu

Associate Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ph.D., CUNY, Graduate CenterM.Phil., CUNY, Graduate CenterM.A.,St. John’s UniversityB.A., Hubei Normal University, China

Dr. Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s University, and a nationally certified speech-language pathologist. Before joining the faculty at St. John’s University, Dr. Yu was an assistant professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey and a lecturer at Hubei Institute of Science and Technology in China.  

Dr. Yu’s research focuses on the neurophysiological basis of language processing. She uses both behavioral and neurophysiological method to examine the neural indices of language processing in bilingual children, and also children with atypical language development such as autism spectrum disorders. Her new line of research includes using transcranial direct current stimulation to examine brain plasticity for language and music. Dr. Yu’s clinical expertise is in bilingual speech and language development, and atypical language development including autism spectrum disorders and developmental language disorders. 

Dr. Yu is an ad hoc reviewer for a dozen of research journals in the area of neural science and developmental science. She has co-authored over 80 national and international conference presentations. 

Peer-reviewed articles

Yu, Y.H. & Shafer, V.L. (book chapter). Behavioral and Neurophysiological Evidence of Speech Processing in Chinese-speaking Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review and Future Directions. In H. M. Liu, F.M. Tsao, & P. Li. (eds.) Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition - Multidisciplinary Approaches in Chinese language. Springer. 

Yu YH, Shafer VL and Sussman ES (2018) The duration of auditory sensory memory for vowel processing: Neurophysiological and behavioral measures. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00335  

Jacobson, P.F., Yu, Y. H. (2018). Changes in English Past Tense Use by Bilingual School-age Children with and without Language Impairment. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. DOI: 10.1044/2018_jslhr-l-17-0044 

Yu YH, Shafer VL and Sussman ES (2017) Neurophysiological and Behavioral Responses of Mandarin Lexical Tone Processing. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11:95. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00095 http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2017.00095/full

Tanja Rinker, Valerie L. Shafer, Marcus Kiefer, Nancy Vidal, Yan H. Yu. (2017). T-complex measures in bilingual Spanish-English and Turkish-German children and monolingual peers. Journal: Plos One http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171992

Cantiani C, Choudhury NA, Yu, Y.H., Shafer VL, Schwartz RG, Benasich AA. (2016). From Sensory Perception to Lexical-Semantic Processing: An ERP Study in Non-Verbal Children with Autism. PLoS One. 11(8):e0161637. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161637. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27560378; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4999236.

Shafer, V.L., Yu, Y. H., Wagner, M. (2015). Maturation of cortical auditory evoked potentials (CAEPs) to speech recorded from frontocentral and temporal sites: three months to eight years of age. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 95(2):77-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.08.1390.

Werth, Y., Epsten, B., Yu, Y.H., Shafer, V.L. (2014). An Electrophysiological Investigation of Discourse Coherence in Healthy Adults: Implications for Clinical Populations. Journal of Clinical Phonetics, DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2014.910555.

Yu, Y. H, Choudhury, N., Cantiani, C., Shafer, V.L., MacRoy-Higgens, M., Schwartz, R.G., Benasich, A.A. (2012).Electrophysiological correlates of picture-word processing in three-to-seven year old non-verbal children with Autism. The Proceedings of  the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), 36(2), 686-697.

Shafer, V.L., Yu, Y. H., & Garrido-Nag, K. (2012). The ERP indices of English vowel perception at 6 months of age: Monolinguals and bilinguals. Neuroscience Letters. 526(1):10-14.

Yu, Y.H., Shafer, V. L., Sussman, E. (2012). Comparing language experience and task demands in Mandarin tone processing: Neurophysiological evidence. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(4), 3233-3233. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4708060

Shafer, V.L., Yu, Y. H., & Hia Datta. (2011). The development of English vowel perception in monolingual and bilingual infants: Neurophysiological correlates. Journal of Phonetics. 39(4):527-545 doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2010.11.010

Yu, Y. H. &  Shafer, V.L. (2011). Electrophysiological Indices of Six-month-olds’ Sensitivity to English Vowels: gender effect and language experience. The Proceedings of  the 35th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), 35(2),652-664.

Shafer, V.L., Yu, Y. H., & Hia Datta. (2010). Maturation of speech discrimination in four to seven-year old children as indexed by Event-Related Potential Mismatch Responses. Ear and Hearing, 31(6):735-45.

Courses taught at St. John’s University:

CSD1750 Speech Science (Undergraduate)

CSD4990 Seminar (Undergraduate)

CSD201 Introduction to Research Methods (Graduate)

CSD203 Models of Language Behaviors (Graduate)

CSD318 Developmental Language Disorders (Graduate)

CSD440 Advanced Research Methods (Graduate)

Dr. Yu is the Principal Investigator and director of the Language and Brain Plasticity Laboratory. 

Dr. Yu has over 80 research presentations at national and international research conferences. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a dozen of peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Yu has over 70 research presentations at national and international research conferences. She has served as a reviewer for eight peer-reviewed journals including Brain Topography, Cerebral Cortex, Developmental Science, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Psychology, Neuroscience Letters, Neuropsychologia and Plos One.