Dr. Luyster is a developmental psychologist who studies social communication in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is interested in identifying early features of ASD using standardized behavioral measures as well as exploratory methods like infra-red eye tracking and electrophysiology.  Her research has focused on diagnostic assessment, language and nonverbal communication in toddlers with ASD, and patterns of early development.    Currently, her research activities are conducted at Emerson College as well as at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Luyster offers undergraduate and graduate courses on language acquisition, and she also leads a course on research methods.