Departmental Research

This degree is offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Temple’s College of Public Health. Students who are interested in gaining research experience are encouraged to discuss potential opportunities with faculty researchers. Department faculty research emphases include

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

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 the 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 focusing on the efficacy of behavioral and psychopharmacologic treatments for language disorders and understanding brain plasticity and the changes that accompany recovery and relearning of language.
  • 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.
  • Human Abilities in Bilingual Language Acquisition Laboratory: This lab focuses on understanding how bilingual individuals organize and access their two language systems. Ultimately, the goal of this inquiry is to better understand the nature of language breakdowns associated with language impairment.
  • 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.
  • Multilingual Research Group: This collaborative team explores language varieties across linguistic and clinical perspectives. Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in the Communications Sciences and Disorders Department contribute to interdisciplinary research that aims to bridge gaps between academia and the field by posing socially conscious questions about language and learning and their underpinning theories.
  • 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.

Learn more about research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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% 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.