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Arnold School of Public Health

Communication Sciences & Disorders

The research interests in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) are quite varied and include all facets of the communication sciences. Our research contributes to the body of knowledge related to communication sciences and disorders, helps educate the future clinical-scientists and researchers, and is used to inform the latest intervention and treatment in school, private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, etc., including our own USC Speech and Hearing Research Center.

Laboratories, Centers and Research Groups 

Aphasia Laboratory (Julius Fridriksson)

Work in the Aphasia Laboratory seeks to clarify the relationships between brain damage resulting from stroke and language impairment. Both advanced neuroimaging and behavioral techniques are employed.

Child Language Research Group

The Child Language Research Group represents the collaborative efforts of various departmental faculty whose diverse research interests share a common thread:  the commitment to better understand and improve the lives of preschool and school-age children who exhibit developmental problems in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and spelling.

KOOL2 | Knowledge of Orthographic Learning Laboratory (Kenn Apel)

The Knowledge of Orthographic Learning Lab (KOOL2) investigates factors that potentially affect the development of reading and writing. One major focus is on how children develop orthographic knowledge (i.e., knowledge regarding the systematic manner in which we represent spoken language in writing).

Language Processing Laboratory (Allen Montgomery)

The Language Processing Laboratory seeks to examine the mechanisms involved in the human response to the communication signal (auditory or visual). 

Literacy Development among Diverse Learners Lab (Lisa Fitton)

The Literacy Development among Diverse Learners Lab, directed by Lisa Fitton, is committed to the goal of improving educational outcomes for all children. They collect data and conduct research projects to better inform educational practice, but they also love to collaborate with experts on the ground to pool knowledge and improve education.

Neurolinguistics Laboratory (Dirk den Ouden)

The Neurolinguistics Lab studies the neural correlates of language processing and production. We are interested in the nature of language and linguistic representations, the extent to which language functions interact with other cognitive domains, the nature of language disorders and the role of neural plasticity in recovery from aphasia.

NeuroSyntax Lab (William Matchin)

The NeuroSyntax Lab, directed by Willam Matchin, studies the neurobiology of human language, incorporating insights from linguistic theory. They are developing a model of syntax in the brain, including how this applies to disorders of sentence comprehension and production in aphasia, or language disorder due to stroke.

SC Family Experiences Lab (Jessie Klusek)

The Family Experiences Lab conducts research focused on autism, fragile X syndrome, and the fragile X premutation. Our work often adopts a family approach, where we study both children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as their parents.

SCROLL: SC Research on Language and Literacy Laboratory (Suzanne Adlof)

The South Carolina Research on Language & Literacy Lab (SCROLL) conducts research that improves the early identification of language and reading difficulties in children and aids in the development of effective interventions for language and reading difficulties.

Speech Neuroscience Lab (Roozbeh Behroozmand)

The mission of our lab is to provide an integrated approach to the understanding of speech production and motor control mechanisms in the human brain. The ultimate goal of our research is to promote knowledge that can lead to the development of novel methods for diagnosis and treatment of speech motor disorders in patients with neurological deficits.

Speech Perception Laboratory (Dan Fogerty)

The Speech Perception Laboratory is directed by Dan Fogerty, Ph.D. Research projects in the laboratory seek to define how basic properties of speech contribute to speech understanding under a variety of complex and adverse listening conditions. We are particularly interested in how age, hearing loss, and cognitive function influence a listener’s ability to use these speech properties.

Written Language Laboratory (Krystal Werfel)

This mission of the Written Language Lab at the University of South Carolina is to increase educational and occupational opportunities for all individuals, particularly those with communication disorders.

 


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