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Research and Labs

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has several active research labs run by faculty conducting innovative research. If you are interested in the research opportunities available in a particular lab, please contact the lab director.  

Sudha Arunachalam

Associate Professor; Director, Undergraduate Program

Lab Website: LEARN (Language Experience and Acquisition Research at NYU) Lab

Research Interests

  • Learning mechanisms underlying language acquisition in children
  • The role of caregiver-child interactions in learning language

Lab Website: Psycholinguistics, Aphasia, and Neuromodulation Lab

Research Interests

  • Speech and language production in aphasia, apraxia, and unimpaired speakers
  • Relationships between speech motor control and phonological processing
  • Written language processing in aphasia
  • Speech perception and its relationship to production

Maria Grigos

Associate Professor; Department Chair

Lab Website: Motor Speech Lab

Research Interests

  • Speech motor development
  • Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
  • Development and disorders of articulation and phonology
  • Craniofacial anomalies

Eric S. Jackson

Assistant Professor

Lab Website: the stuttering and vvariability (savvy) lab

Research Interests

  • The contextual variability of developmental stuttering 
  • The impact of social cognition on speech communication 
  • Anticipation
  • Improving ecological validity in speech research

Lab Website: Acoustic Phonetics and Perception Lab

Research Interests

  • Perception of linguistic and talker information in speech
  • Relationship between talker processing, working memory, and linguistic processing
  • Development of talker processing in children with both typical and impaired language development

Tara McAllister

Associate Professor; Director, Doctoral Program

Lab Website: Biofeedback Intervention for Speech Lab

Research Interests

  • Articulatory and perceptual influences on phonological development
  • Residual/persistent speech sound errors
  • Biofeedback intervention for speech sound disorders

Lab Website: NYU Swallowing Research Lab

Research Interests

  • Healthy swallowing
  • Dysphagia assessment
  • Dysphagia treatment
  • Presbyphagia
  • Videofluoroscopy

Lab Website: Find Your Voice Lab

Research Interests

  • Voice and voice disorders
  • Neurogenic communicative disorders
  • Dysphagia