Haylie Miller, Ph.D.

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Dr. Haylie L. Miller is an Assistant Professor at UNTHSC in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her program of research investigates visuomotor integration in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or the use of visual information to plan, execute, and modify movement. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have provided over $1.26 million in support of this line of work through several mechanisms including a postdoctoral fellowship, sub-award and KL2 funding, and an ongoing K01 award.

Dr. Miller graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2006 with a B.A., double-majoring in Psychology and Music. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, earning an M.S. in 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2012 in the Experimental Psychology program. She also completed postdoctoral fellowships focused on sensorimotor functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and UNTHSC.

Dr. Miller is currently the PI of a K01 award from NIMH, and an awardee of the NIH Loan Repayment Program. She was nominated for the Association for Psychological Science “Rising Star” Award in 2017. Dr. Miller completed the STAR Leadership Program through the Texas Center for Health Disparities, and is the recipient of an Autism Speaks Local Impact grant.

In addition to her work as a researcher, Dr. Miller has served the ASD community in Texas through a variety of volunteer activities including the Autism Speaks Texas Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for the IDD Council of Tarrant County, and on several advisory committees and boards related to sensory-friendly programming in the Dallas-Fort Worth arts community.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

(for a complete list, please visit the UNTHSC faculty profile system)

Wijayasinghe, I. B., Das, S. K., Miller, H. L., Bugnariu, N. L., & Popa, D. O. (2019). Head-eye coordination of humanoid robot with potential controller. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s10846-018-0948-8

Miller, H. L., Caçola, P., Sherrod, G. M., & Bugnariu, N. L. (2019). Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and typical development differ in characteristics of dynamic postural control: A preliminary study. Gait & Posture, 67(9-11). doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.08.038 PMCID: PMC6240472

Miller, H. L., Thomi, M., Kata, K., Patterson, R., Nandy, K., Hamby,T., Bailey, L., Bowman, P.,  & Mauk, J. (2018, July). Minority females are vulnerable to missed or delayed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in both local and national healthcare settings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Center for Health Disparities, Fort Worth, TX.

Miller, H. L., Odegard, T. N., & Reyna, V. (2018). Autobiographical memory and autism through the lens of Fuzzy Trace Theory. The Wiley Handbook of Autobiographical Memory, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the Law (Goodman, G. and Mundy, P. eds.), Part I: Chapter 2. Wiley & Sons, Hoboken: NJ. ISBN: 978-1-119-15843-1

Miller, H. L., Patterson, R., Wijayasinghe, I., Popa, D., & Bugnariu, N. L. (2017).  Development of a novel visuomotor integration paradigm by integrating a virtual environment with mobile eye-tracking and motion-capture systems. IEEE Proceedings of the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1109/ICVR.2017.8007481 PMCID:  PMC5986090

Caçola, P., Miller, H. L., & Ossom Williamson, P. (2017). Motor symptom similarities between individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 38, 6-18. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2017.03.004 PMCID:  PMC5646683

Wijayasinghe, I. B., Miller, H. L., Das, S. K., Bugnariu, N. L., & Popa, D. O. (2016). Human-like object tracking and gaze estimation with PKD android. Proceedings of SPIE 9859, Sensors for Next-Generation Robotics III, 98906. doi: 10.1117/12.2224382  PMCID:  PMC5798257

Miller, H. L., & Bugnariu, N. L. (2016). Level of immersion impacts the effectiveness of virtual environments used to assess or teach social skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(4), 246-256. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2014.0682 PMCID:  PMC4827274

Miller, H. L., Caçola, P., Sherrod, G., Patterson, R., & Bugnariu, N. L. (2016). Postural control relates to accuracy of eye movement in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Proceedings of the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD, 22679 146.191, www.autism-insar.org.

Miller, H. L., Ragozzino, M., Cook, E., Sweeney, J. A., & Mosconi, M. W. (2015). Selective set-shifting impairments relate to repetitive behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(3), 805-815. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2244-1 PMCID:  PMC4658328

Miller, H. L., Odegard, T. N., & Allen, G. (2014). Evaluating information processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The case for Fuzzy Trace Theory. Developmental Review, 34(1), 44-76. doi: 10.1016/j.dr.2013.12.002

Farris, E. A., Odegard, T. N., Miller, H. L., Ring, J., Allen, G., & Black, J. (2011). Functional connectivity between the left and right inferior frontal lobes in reading impaired and non-reading impaired children. Neurocase, 17(5), 425-439. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2010.532141 PMID:  21590585

Miller, H. L. (2012). Development of gist processing skills and memory in children and young adults: Effects of presentation type in a modified DRM paradigm. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. 3513219)

Miller, H. L., Mattingly, L., & Bugnariu, N. L. (2016). Postural stability and its limits in Autism Spectrum Disorder relate to visual context. Proceedings of the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD, 22645 146.192, www.autism-insar.org.

Current and Prior Funding:

National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Minority Health Disparities, Texas Center for Health Disparities Pilot Grant (sub-award), September 2018-December 2019

Local Impact Grant – Autism Speaks, February 2018-December 2019

National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Mental Health (K01-MH107774), July 2017–July 2022

National Institutes of Health – National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine Clinical Translational Research Scholar Program (sub-award, KL2-TR001103), July 2015–July 2017

National Science Foundation – Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences track) (SMA-1514495), July 2015–July 2017

University of North Texas Health Science Center Research Seed Grant, April 2014–April 2015