Departmental Research

Research is a major component of the PhD program, and doctoral students are heavily involved in research in the Department of Communication and Science Disorders’ multiple labs and facilities. They partner closely with faculty members whose research areas include

  • aphasia,
  • apraxia,
  • child language delays and disorders,
  • bilingual language development, and
  • effects of brain damage on language function.

Potential Program Mentors

Visit the College of Public Health website for a full list of graduate faculty.

The department’s research centers and labs include the

  • Eleanor 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.
  • Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab: Research in this lab seeks to advance our understanding of the neurobiological basis of language. Currently, researchers are focused on examining the efficacy of behavioral and psychopharmacologic treatments for language disorders and on understanding brain plasticity and the changes that accompany recovery and relearning of language.
  • Memory, Concepts, Cognition Lab: Graduate students and faculty have recently been studying topics such as concept acquisition, linguistic patterns, multidimensional scaling of abstract words and semantic access. Language treatment for dementia is also a major focus of the lab’s activities and research.
  • Speech, Language and Brain Laboratory (SLAB lab): 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.
  • Multilingual Research Group: The Multilingual Research Group is a collaborative team exploring language varieties across linguistic and clinical perspectives. Here, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in Communications Sciences and Disorders 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.

Learn more about the department’s research.

Research in Temple’s College of Public Health

The College of Public Health is one of the most research-active colleges at Temple University. Research at the college is multidisciplinary and spans both discovery and translation.

Temple is an R1 institution of “highest research activity,” as designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing it in the top 4 percent of all four-year educational institutions in the nation. Temple’s research enterprise distinguishes itself through its focus on community and by using advances in technology to make a positive impact on people’s lives.