Faculty Research

Faculty Research
Faculty Current Research

Rahul Chakraborty



Bilingualism & Speech Laboratory

Examine the influence of first language (L1) and second language (L2) interaction on bilingual speakers’ production and perceptual behaviors. The current research projects are:

  • physiological evidence of L1-L2 interaction in lexical stress and phoneme production.
  • psychosocial consequences of nonnative accent in bilingual speakers and also in listeners.

Lisa Erwin-Davidson



Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Research-to-Practice community engaged projects

  • Dissemination of Needs Assessment Survey for professional development & parent training  around AAC implementation within a virtual environment; pre-post measurement of student,  teacher & parent learning outcomes after participation in virtual AAC Service-learning class.
  • Development of professional and parent training around AAC given survey results; Comparative cross-case analysis in pilot classrooms.
  • Replications of Pre-Post Design with nonequivalent control group

Russell Johnston



Language acquisition and use in individuals who require Augmentative & Alternative Communication

  • Examine educational programming and inclusive educational practices for students with significant disabilities.
  • Examine the influence of extrinsic and intrinsic factors including the use of AAC on language   Acquisition.

Minjung Kim



Bilingual Speech Sound Development Research

  • Examine how bilingual children acquire speech sounds for both languages. 
  • Examine speech sound acquisition patterns of Korean-English bilingual children who are  between 4 and 5 years of age.                 

HyeKyeung Seung

 Autism Screening in Vietnamese Children

  • Cultural Barriers of Autism Screening in Vietnamese Children.
  • Cross-cultural examination of SLP’s perspectives on working with the Vietnamese Autism  spectrum disorder.
  • Getting Services for Children with Developmental Disorders: Non-native English speaking parents’perspective.

Ying-Chiao Tsao


  Diversifying the profession through recruitment of underrepresented minorities

  • Recruit high-school students from underrepresented minorities by introducing the professions of  speech-language pathology and audiology through in-class workshops and attending high-school career fairs.

                    Promoting self-efficacy through goal attainment and service-learning

  • Pilot a peer-mentoring program designed to promote students’ self-efficacy that consists of six sessions of goal-attainment motivational interviews and at least three service-learning activities.

Toya Wyatt



Multicultural Clinical Research

  • Examine evidence-based clinical decision making in the review, selection and development of  culturally-linguistically appropriate standardized assessment tools for children who are  speakers of African American English.
  • Conduct multicultural research projects/independent studies that fulfil newly approved COMD Multicultural Certificate.