Hi! My name is Grace Lawley. I am a third-year PhD student in the Computer Science & Engineering program at the Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CSLU) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.

My interests include computational linguistics, speech & language disorders, houseplants, and Rachmaninoff. My research involves developing computational methods to detect and quantify atypical word use in the language of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


  • Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing
  • Speech & Language Disorders
  • Discrete Math, Statistics
  • Data Science, Data Visualization
  • R, Python


  • Phd in Computer Science & Engineering, Expected June 2022

    Oregon Health & Science University

  • BA in Mathematics, 2017

    Lewis & Clark College

Recent Posts

Multidimensional Scaling with Food Emoji 🥘🦐🦑

What is Multidimensional Scaling? Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) is a dimensionality reduction technique that is useful for exploratory …

Kuczaj Corpus Sentiment Analysis, pt 2

A continuation of a sentiment analysis of child language acquisition data using the Kuczaj Corpus from the CHILDES database.

Kuczaj Corpus Sentiment Analysis, pt 1

A sentiment analysis of child language acquisition data using the Kuczaj Corpus from the CHILDES database that I did for my final …



Kuczaj Corpus Sentiment Analysis

Final project for CS 631 ‘Principles & Practice of Data Visualization’

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Pedantic Speech in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Difficulties with language is one of the core characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Clinicians have described a …

Math Meets Data

Figuring out how to put theory into practice is not always straightforward. Real world data, especially natural language data, can put …

A Sentiment Analysis of Child Language Acquisition Data

Join us for a night of four talks from students in OHSU’s Principles and Practice of Data Visualization, taught by Alison Hill, …