Faculty Specialty Research Areas

Child and Adolescent Language and Literacy Development and Disorders

(Catts, Hall-Mills, Wood, Farquharson, Tibi)

  • Linguistic factors underlying reading and writing development
  • Early identification, assessment, and intervention strategies for improving the speech, language and literacy skills of students with language-learning disorders or those who are English-language learners
  • School-based speech-language pathology practice patterns and professional issues

Early Communication Development and Intervention


  • Early identification and intervention of autism
  • Language development of speakers of non-mainstream dialect or English language learners
  • Outcomes from embedded communication interventions in home and early care and education programs
  • Early speech variability in typical and atypical speech development

Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders

(Hall-MillsWood, Tibi)

  • Effects of African-American English on language and literacy learning
  • Differential diagnosis of communication disorders and differences in bilingual Spanish-speaking children
  • Effects of language-bridging strategies for English language learners on language and literacy outcomes
  • The bilingual brain

Adult Language and Cognitive Disorders

  • Fall risk in Parkinson’s disease: Effects of cognitive-linguistic load and pharmacologic intervention on gait and balance
  • Stroke study: Effects of cognitive-linguistic load on gait, balance, and fall risk
  • Effects of interference, competition, and distraction on linguistic processing
  • Dual task effects of varying cognitive load on gait and speech

Motor Speech Disorders


  • Development of a perceptual complement to etiology-based MSD diagnostic practices
  • Effects of acquired neurological disease on speech production
  • Motor learning guided (MLG) approach via web-based and face-to-face sessions for treating apraxia of speech and other speech disorders.

Swallowing and Dysphagia

  • Measures of tongue function in individuals with normal and impaired swallowing
  • Instrumental assessment techniques to supplement the clinical assessment of dysphagia

Healthy Aging and Longevity


  • Age-related changes in speech motor control and motor learning, including underlying neuromotor  and autonomic nervous system function and resultant articulatory output
  • Physiologic indices of speech production and perception across the aging continuum

Speech Science

 (Lansford, Morris)

  • Acoustic/temporal/perceptual and physiologic measurement of speech, singing and choral performance under varying conditions
  • Influence of time pressure on the efficiency, fluency and linguistic quality of communication in adults
  • Acoustic characteristics of typical and disordered speech in adults and children

Audiology and Audiologic Rehabilitation

(Wood, Snowden)

  • Child speech and language outcomes following newborn identification of deafness
  • Impact of deafness on family quality of life
  • Family satisfaction with early hearing detection and intervention
  • Impact of family involvement on rate of progress for children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Research on Teaching and Clinical Processes

(WoodMorris, Nimmons, Snowden)

  • Measurement of supervisor skills in community placements using a supervisor latent scale including video conferencing
  • Use of a visual analog scale to measure student clinicians’ perceptions regarding clinical skill development and outcomes
  • Measurement of student competency development and satisfaction using treatment fidelity measures
  • Coaching practices for implementation of communication interventions by caregivers and interdisciplinary team members
  • Telepractice and distance learning strategies