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
- child language delays and disorders,
- bilingual language development, and
- effects of brain damage on language function.
Potential Program Mentors
The department’s research centers and labs include the following.
- Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory: This lab aims to better understand the relationship between language, short-term memory and other cognitive processes in individuals with aphasia.
- 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 significant focus of the lab’s activities and research.
- Eleanor Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience: Researchers, clinicians and students in this laboratory work together to investigate the relationships among the language and short-term memory impairments associated with aphasia.
- First Language Foundations Laboratory: This lab aims to optimize the developmental potential of all d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children by understanding the links between language access, language proficiency and outcomes in other domains.
- Human Abilities in Bilingual Language Acquisition Laboratory: This lab focuses on understanding how bilingual individuals organize and access two language systems. Ultimately, the goal of this inquiry is to better understand the nature of language breakdowns associated to language impairment.
- Language, Literacy and Learning Laboratory: Researchers in this lab seek to understand and improve language and academic outcomes for children who are at-risk as a result of learning environment and/or communication disorder status.
- 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 or language disorders such as aphasia, apraxia of speech and phonological disorders.
- Speech Perception and Cognition Laboratory: This lab aims to improve speech communication ability in older adults by exploring hearing loss, cognitive difficulty and speech perception.
- Temple University Speech-Language-Hearing Center: This center provides a wide range of services to people of all ages with communication disorders. Graduate clinicians provide services under the direct supervision of Temple faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Pennsylvania licensure in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
- Vocal Development Laboratory: This lab focuses on understanding the development of voice and speech in children with and without voice disorders, with the ultimate goal of making voice therapy for children more effective and efficient.