Faculty Specialty Research Areas

Child and Adolescent Language and Literacy Development and Disorders

(Barton-Hulsey, Catts, Hall-Mills, Wood, Farquharson, TibiJohnson, Therrien)

  • 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
  • Language and literacy development in speakers of non-mainstream dialects
  • Language and literacy development in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Early Communication Development and Intervention

(Barton-HulseyRomanoWoodJohnson, Therrien)

  • Early identification of and interventions for autism
  • Language and literacy 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
  • SLP-Family partnerships to support communication development
  • Interventions for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders

(Hall-MillsJohnson, KimWood, Tibi, Constantino)

  • Effects of African-American English on language and literacy learning
  • Differential diagnosis of communication disorders and differences in bilingual Spanish-speaking children and bidialectal speakers
  • Effects of language-bridging strategies for English language learners on language and literacy outcomes
  • The bilingual brain
  • Cross-linguistic contributions into literacy
  • Effects of native languages on manifestation of dysarthria
  • Proportionate representation in speech-language services for school-age children
  • Measuring how having a communication disorder as a speech-language pathologist affects clinical practice and research questions

Adult Language and Cognitive Disorders

(Madden, Bush)

  • Impact of aphasia on the friendships of stroke survivors and their care partners
  • Understanding perspectives of people with aphasia and speech-language pathologists regarding literacy skills and needs post-stroke
  • Treatment approaches for acquired reading and writing disorders
  • Examining the relationship between spoken and written language processing  in aphasia
  • Effects of cognitive-linguistic load on post-stroke spoken production, gait, and fall risk

Motor Speech Disorders


  • Development of a perceptual complement to etiology-based MSD diagnostic practices
  • Effects of acquired neurological disease on speech production
  • Instrumental analysis of speech produced by individuals with various neurological conditions
  • 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

 (KimLansford, 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, Constantino, K. Guynes)

  • 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
  • Counseling pedagogy
  • Towards evidence-based practices in American Sign Language instruction
  • Roles and qualifications of educational professionals/RSPs serving DHH students



  • Measuring the subjective experience of stuttering in real world settings
  • Analyzing the impact of stuttering on quality of life
  • Facilitating new, positive meanings around the experience of stuttering
  • Integrating new findings into therapeutic practice

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

(Therrien, Barton-Hulsey)

  • Development of appropriate assessments of language and literacy skills for individuals who use AAC
  • Evaluating the impact of language and literacy supports for individuals who use AAC
  • Investigating interventions to support development and maintenance of social relationships for individuals who use AAC
  • Working with parents, teachers, and other communication partners to facilitate increased communication for individuals who use AAC across environments