Joshua Diehl

Associate Teaching Professor

Associate Teaching Professor
E462 Corbett Family Hall
South Bend, IN 46635

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Primary Area: Clinical

Research and teaching interests

Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child Psychopathology.


Professor Diehl's primary expertise is in neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. In his teaching, he utilizes biopsychosocial approach to understanding ability, disability, and neurodiversity. Professor Diehl's research focuses on supporting both the individual with autism and his or her family. His work is interdisciplinary by nature; he has published his work in prominent journals and book chapters in the fields of Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, Linguistics, Robotics, and Disability Studies. His work on the clinical uses of robots for ASD treatment has been featured on NBC, MSNBC, PBS, Times of India, WebMD, and in the Wall Street Journal.
Professor Diehl has extensive community and clinical experience. Previous to his appointment at Notre Dame, he served as the Chief Program Officer for Child & Adolescent Services at LOGAN Community Resources, which is a nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities in South Bend. He currently serves on several community boards, including the Protective Services Board at LOGAN, Camp Millhouse, and Chosen Vision. He is a founding member and former president of the Michigan Behavior Analysis Providers Association (MiBAP). 
Importantly, Professor Diehl is a proud "sib;" his brother Shane was born with a developmental disability, and continues to serve as the inspiration for his work.


B.A., Princeton University, 2000

Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2007

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, 2007-2009.

Representative Publications

Greenlee, J., Winter, M., & Diehl, J.J. (2018). Family level processes associated with outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A scoping review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 53, 41-52. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2018.06.002.

Diehl, J.J., Friedberg, C., Paul, R., & Snedeker, J. (2015). The use of prosody during syntactic processing in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 867-884. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414000741.

Diehl, J.J., Frost, S.J., Sherman, G., Mencl, W.E., Kurian, A., Molfese, P., Landi, N., Preston, J., Soldan, A., Fulbright, R.K., Rueckl, J., Seidenberg, M.S., Hoeft, F., & Pugh, K.R. (2014). Neural correlates of language and non-language visual processing in adolescents with reading disability. Neuroimage, 101, 653-666. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.07.029.

Diehl, J.J., Schmitt, L., Crowell, C.R., & Villano, M. (2012). The clinical use of robots for children with autism spectrum disorders: A critical review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6(1), 249-262. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2011.05.006. PMCID: PMC3223958.

Diehl, J.J., Bennetto, L., & Young, E.C. (2006). Story recall and narrative coherence of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34, 83-98. doi: 10.1007/s10802-005-9003-x.