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The faculty members in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders conduct active research in different areas of the field.
Dr. Giddens is interested in exploring the effects of neuropathologies and their behavioral therapies on voice and velopharyngeal function. Some of her other projects look into the effects of stress, gastric reflux, and the menstrual cycle on normal voice production.
Dr. Kaipa’s research focuses on the motor aspects of speech production. He investigates the outcomes of different treatments designed to improve speech production. His outcome measures include electrophysiological (electromyography and electroencephalography) and behavioral (acoustic) measures.
Motor Speech Lab
Dr. Richtsmeier conducts research on phonological learning in children and adults. With children, his current studies examine 1) factors that contribute to the development and persistence of phonological errors, especially in children with speech sound disorder, and 2) factors that allow children to be more accurate speakers. With adults, current studies examine 1) factors that allow adults to learn phonological patterns, and 2) the basic cognitive skills required for phonological learning.
Dr. Parveen’s investigates the relationships between speech performance, motor performance, executive functioning, and quality of life with different motor speech disorders.