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

Julia Drouin



Auditory Language Learning (ALLears) Laboratory

Examine mechanisms that support perceptual adaptation to the dynamic signal of speech in both typical and atypical listeners with a focus on:

  • Characterizing optimal principles of speech learning for listeners adjusting to degraded

    speech signals.

  • Translating basic research findings into rehabilitation protocols for listeners with hearing loss,
    such as cochlear implant users. 

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

Terry Saenz



Speech-Language Pathologists’ Experiences and Expertise in Working with Interpreters/Translators

  • Survey of speech-language pathologists on their experiences with interpreters/translators.
  • Interviews with public-school speech-language pathologists on experiences with

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.

Phil Weir-Mayta



Speech Motor Control and Motor Learning Laboratory

  • Examine the cognitive and motor control processes that contribute to speech production and speech motor learning in healthy adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Examine methods to enhance graduate student’s Inter-Professional Collaboration (IPC) skills through inclusion of Inter-Professional Education (IPE) experiences into pre-existing  curriculum.

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.