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Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Research & Outreach

Communication Sciences & Disorders is committed to research in language and language disorders, speech, voice and hearing sciences and disorders.  Working with and in the community is an extension of that research and supports our overall mission.

  • Kids Write and Create

    : Designed to help young children develop strong reading and writing skills, make healthy choices and develop confidence in themselves.
  • Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience: Researchers, clinicians, and students in this laboratory work together to investigate the relationships among language and short-term memory impairments associated with aphasia.
  • Memory, Concepts, Cognition Laboratory: In addition to basic science research, this group is currently developing novel treatments that promote language maintenance in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD).
  • Speech, Language and Brain (SLAB) LaboratoryResearch in the SLAB lab focuses on speech and language comprehension and production across the lifespan, both in unimpaired individuals and in various populations with developmental or acquired speech and/or language disorders, such as aphasia, apraxia of speech, and phonological disorders. Our research is primarily behavioral and combines different methodologies, including eye-tracking, perceptual speech error analysis, psycholinguistic reaction time studies, acoustic analysis, neuropsychology, and treatment research.
  • Temple University Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory: The lab's activities are concerned with understanding the neural processes involved in thinking, remembering, imagining, and learning. They are particularly interested in these explorations as they relate to advancing our knowledge of the nature and basis of neurogenic language disorders in children and adults.
  • Temple University Speech-Language-Hearing Center: A wide range of services are provided to people of all ages with disorders of communication. Graduate clinicians provide services under the direct supervision of the Temple faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Pennsylvania licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology.
  • Multilingual Research Group: The Multilingual Research Group is a collaborative team exploring language varities across linguistic and clinical perspectives. Here, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in the Communications Sciences and Disorders department contribute to interdisciplinary research which aims to bridge gaps between academia and the field by posing socially conscious questions about language, learning and the theories that underpin them.