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Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has several active research labs run by faculty conducting innovative research in their fields. 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

Research Interests

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


LEARN Lab (Language Experience and Acquisition Research at NYU)

Populations: Children with typical development, late talkers, children with or at risk for Developmental Language Disorder, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Adam Buchwald

Associate Professor; Director, PhD Program

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


Psycholinguistics, Aphasia, and Neuromodulation Lab

Populations: Adults with aphasia and/or apraxia of speech, adults with typical language skills

Maria Grigos

Associate Professor; Department Chair

Research Interests

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


Motor Speech Lab

Populations: Childen with typical language skills, children with apraxia of speech

Research Interests

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


the stuttering and vvariability (savvy) lab

Populations: Children and adults who do and do not stutter

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


Acoustic Phonetics and Perception Lab

Populations: Children with typical language skills, children with specific language impairment, adults with typical language skills

Research Interests

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


Biofeedback Intervention for Speech Lab

Populations: Children with typical language skills, children with speech sound impairments

Sonja Molfenter

Associate Professor (On Leave Through January 2021)

Research Interests

Healthy swallowing
Dysphagia assessment
Dysphagia treatment


NYU Swallowing Research Lab

Populations: Individuals with pharyngeal atrophy, dysphagia, head and neck cancer patients, individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Christina Reuterskiöld

Assistant Professor; Interim Director of the Master's Program (Spring 2021 Sabbatical)

Research Interests

The relationship between oral and written language
Working memory and language skills in children
Children's narrative skills


Small Talk Child Language Development and Disorders Lab

Populations: Children with typical language skills, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, children with specific language impairment

Research Interests

Voice and Voice Disorders
Neurogenic Communicative Disorders


Find Your Voice Lab

Populations: Normal voice production, voice disorders, and voice modification; motor speech disorders in adults