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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 in their fields. If you are interested in the research opportunities available in a particular lab, please contact the lab director. 

Dr. Sudha Arunachalam

Research Interests

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

Lab

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

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Dr. Adam Buchwald

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

Lab

Psycholinguistics, Aphasia, and Neuromodulation Lab

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

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Dr. Maria Grigos 

Research Interests

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

Lab

Motor Speech Lab

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

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Dr. Eric S. Jackson 

Research Interests

Variability in human behavior, particularly developmental stuttering
Neural mechanisms of interpersonal communication in speakers who stutter and those who do not
Anticipation of stuttering
Modeling of brain-behavior-environment interactions

Lab

Stuttering and Vvariability (SaVvy) lab

Populations: Children and adults who do and do not stutter

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Dr. Susannah Levi

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

Lab

Acoustic Phonetics and Perception Lab

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

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Dr. Tara McAllister

Research Interests

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

Lab

Biofeedback Intervention for Speech Lab

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

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Dr. Sonja Molfenter 

Research Interests

Healthy swallowing
Dysphagia assessment
Dysphagia treatment
Presbyphagia
Videofluoroscopy

Lab

NYU Swallowing Research Lab

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

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Dr. Christina Reuterskiold 

Research Interests

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

Lab

Small Talk Child Language Development and Disorders Lab

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

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Dr. Celia Stewart 

Research Interests

Voice and Voice Disorders
Neurogenic Communicative Disorders
Dysphagia

Lab

Find Your Voice Lab

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