Evie A. Malaia

Associate Professor

Office Hours

By email appointment


Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005

M.S., Chuvash State Pedagogical University, Russia, 2001

B.S., Chuvash State Pedagogical University, Russia, 2000

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

  • Neural modeling in Autism Spectrum Disorders from infancy to adulthood
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.)
  • Sign Language acquisition and  processing (American Sign Language, Austrian Sign Language, Croatian Sign Language)
  • Signal processing in cognitive neuroscience (EEG, fMRI, fNIRS, motion capture)

Selected Publications

Current Research Support

NSF # 1931861 (1/01/2020 – 12/31/2021)

Title: Collaborative Research: RF Sensing in Sign Language-Driven Smart Environments

NSF #1734938 (8/15/2017 – 8/15/2021)

 Title: NCS-FO: Neuroimaging to Advance Computer Vision, NLP, and AI

Alabama Life Research Institute pilot grant (link funder name to: http://ovpred.ua.edu/alabama-life-research-institute/): Brain pathways for perception-to-cognition in ASD

8/15/2019 – 7/31/2021; PI (co-PI: Firat Soylu, UA Education).


University of Alabama College Academy for Research grant (link funder name to: https://carsca.as.ua.edu/): Training in autism diagnostic observation scale tool (ADOS-2)

08/15/19 – 07/31/2020; PI (co-PI: Angie Barber, Communicative Disorders)


Recent Publications

2020    Krebs, J., Malaia, E.A., Wilbur, R.B., Roehm, D. (accepted) Psycholinguistic mechanisms of classifier processing in sign language. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 


2020    Krebs, J., Wilbur, R.B., Roehm, D., Malaia, E.A. (accepted). The relationship between sign language processing, age, and age of sign language acquisition. International Journal of Behavioral Development 


2020    Gurbuz, S., Gurbuz, A., Malaia, E. A., Griffin, D., Crawford, C., *Rahman, M., *Aksu, R., *Kurtoglu, E., *Mdrafiy, R., *Anbuselvam A., *Ozcelik, E. A (accepted) American Sign Language Recognition Using RF Sensing. IEEE Sensors

2020    Malaia, E.A., Krebs, J., Wilbur, R.B., Roehm, D. Age of acquisition effects differ across linguistic domains in sign language: EEG evidence. Brain and Language, 200. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2019.104708

2020    Krebs, J., Malaia, E., Wilbur, R., Roehm, D. Subjektpräferenz in der Österreichischen Gebärdensprache (ÖGS). DAS ZEICHEN: Zeitschrift fu?r Sprache und Kultur Gehörloser (The Sign: Journal for language and culture of the Deaf), 114; pp. 96-107.

2020    Malaia, E.A., Wilbur, R.B. Syllable as a unit of information transfer in linguistic communication: the Entropy Syllable Parsing model. WIREs Cognitive Science, 11(1), e1518. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.1518

2020    Malaia, E.A., Ahn, S., Rubchinsky, L. Dysregulation of temporal dynamics of synchronous neural activity in adolescents on autism spectrum. Autism Research Journal, 13, 24-31. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2219

2019    Krebs, J., Malaia, E.A., Wilbur, R.B., Roehm, D. Interaction between topic marking and subject preference strategy in sign language processing. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, https://doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2019.1667001

2019    Malaia, E. A., Wilbur, R.B. Visual and linguistic components of short-term memory: Generalized Neural Model (GNM) for spoken and sign languages. Cortex, 112, 69-79.


2019    Malaia, E., *Cockerham, D., *Rublein, K. Visual integration of fear and anger emotional cues by children on autism spectrum and neurotypical peers: an EEG study. Neuropsychologia, 126,138-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.06.014

2018     Malaia, E., Wilbur, R.B. Visual and linguistic components of short-term memory: Generalized Neural Model (GNM) for spoken and sign languages. Cortex, 112, 69-79.


2018     Borneman,J. D., Malaia E., Wilbur, R.B., Motion characterization using optical flow and fractal complexity. Journal of Electronic Imaging, 27(5), 051229.


2018    Krebs, J., Malaia, E., Wilbur, R. B., & Roehm, D. Subject preference emerges as cross-modal strategy for linguistic processing. Brain Research, 1691, 105-117.


2018    Malaia, E., Borneman, J.D., Wilbur, R.B. Information transfer capacity of articulators in American Sign Language. Language and Speech, 61(1), 97-112.


2018     Blumenthal-Drame, A., Malaia, E. Shared neural and cognitive mechanisms in
action and language: The Multi-Scale Information Transfer framework. WIREs Cognitive Science

https://doi.org/ 10.1002/wcs.1484

2017    Malaia, E. Methodologies for quantitative analysis of information transfer in sign language and gesture data (commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences.



2017    Malaia, E., Cockerham, D., Rublein, K. Visual integration of fear and anger emotional cues by children on autism spectrum and neurotypical peers: an EEG study. Neuropsychologia, 126:138-146.



“Dysregulation of temporal dynamics of synchronous neural activity in adolescents on autism spectrum” 

Authors: Malaia, E.A., Ahn, S., Rubchinsky, L.L.