Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders Laboratories at Adelphi

Students are encouraged to participate in our research projects.

a student being hooked up to a brain imaging system

The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, housed within the College of Education and Health Sciences, plans to relocate all its various laboratories to Linen Hall in the coming year.

Neurophysiology in Speech Language Pathology (NSLP) Lab

Director: Reem Khamis-Dakwar, PhD
Currently in Hy Weinberg Center, Room 114

Research at the NSLP Lab focuses on examining the neural underpinnings of language learning in specific sociolinguistic situations, specific communication and language disorders, as well as during rehabilitation using event-related potentials (ERPs) recorded from 32 electrode arrays placed on the scalp combined with behavioral data.


Dysphagia Lab

Director: Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD
Currently in Harvey Hall, Room 111

Research in the Dysphagia Lab (aka the Aging Swallow Research Lab) focuses on understanding and treating swallowing impairments in the elderly. Functional swallowing involves moving food or liquids (the bolus) through your mouth (oral cavity) and throat (pharynx) in as little as one second, without the bolus going into the airway (aspiration) and without residue being left behind. It is an ability that is critical for life, taken for granted, and significantly understudied. Current research in the lab focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of swallowing in dementia, elucidating the relationship between malnutrition and dysphagia in the elderly, and determining the burden of dysphagia for caregivers of the elderly.


Dialect, Development and Language Disorders Lab

Director: Ryan Lee James, PhD
Currently in Harvey Hall, Room 111

The aim of the Dialect, Development, and Language Disorders Lab is to continue to unpack the complex relationship between nonmainstream dialect use and language disorders, cognition, and literacy achievement. Specifically focused on school-age children from preschool to 5th grade, the goal of the research conducted in the lab is to improve quality of speech-language services for low-income, language-minority children with the long-term goal of reducing health disparities for this population.


Neurocognition of Communication Disorders (NCCD) Lab

Director: Melissa Randazzo, PhD

The NCCD Lab conducts experiments examining the neural underpinnings of multisensory integration in relation to linguistic and cognitive processing in healthy aging and aging-related disorders. We utilize a combination of behavioral and electrophysiological techniques to conduct clinically relevant investigations to inform diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Additionally, the NCCD Lab supports student research at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels by facilitating the development of clinically relevant research questions and hands-on training with neuroimaging equipment.


The Voice and Quality of Life Laboratory (VQLL)

Director: Steven Cox, PhD

The VQLL seeks to investigate clinically based research questions focused on the human voice and how voice disorders can impact individuals’ physical, psychological, and social functioning. Particular emphasis is placed on individuals who undergo treatment for head and neck cancer. For example, individuals who have their voice box removed due to cancer often require an alternate method of speaking (e.g., ‘alaryngeal’ voice and speech). As a result, they can experience numerous changes in physical, psychological and social functioning. The VQLL focuses on the role of speech-language pathology and inter-professional intervention toward improving the quality of life for individuals with voice disorders, including laryngectomees.


The Language Observation and Analysis Laboratory

Director: Dana Battaglia, PhD

The Language Observation and Analysis Laboratory houses behavioral monitoring equipment, such as E-prime software, and SALT. Research at the LOA Lab focuses on examining the nature of word associations in typical and clinical populations. At present, the focus of the lab is to investigate word association in individuals with ASD, using both behavioral (explicit) and neurophysiological (implicit) methods.


Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Lab 

Director: Cindy Arroyo, DA

The AAC Lab provides evaluations/consultations for individuals with severe communication impairments, as well as opportunities for teaching and research in the use of technology for individuals with severe communication impairments.


Speech Science Lab

Director: Laura L. Koening, PhD

The Speech Science Lab was originally developed by emeritus professor Dr. Lawrence Raphael. It includes specialized hardware and software that can be used to assess speech acoustics, aerodynamics (oral airflow), and articulatory contacts (electropalatography). Dr. Koenig has been working to add to and modernize this equipment. We have recently obtained newer equipment to measure air pressures during speech, a portable digital audio recorder that provides high-quality sound recording and can be used off-site, and a wireless microphone system—quite useful for recording young children, since the children can move freely while being recorded.


Telepractice Lab

Director: Dawn Cotter-Jenkins, MA, CCC-SLP

Telepractice is an alternative method of reaching clients for speech-language and audiology services in aphasia, fluency, articulation, accent modification, hearing impairments and language disorders. Through technology, services can be provided from Adelphi’s Hy Weinberg Center Telepractice Lab to the client in their remote location. We train clinical master’s level students in providing in-depth therapeutic assessment and intervention. The implementation of the program ensures that we continue to provide innovative clinical learning experiences that will keep us up-to-date with the standards and trends.

 

For further information, please contact:

College of Education and Health Sciences
p – 516.877.4100

 
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