Research in the Department of CSD

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program can have an opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers and faculty members in groundbreaking research. This includes the department’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication group, led by leading researcher and faculty member, Janice Light.

As a student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, you will have the opportunity to assist faculty members with research projects, getting firsthand experience in a research environment. You may also collect data, listen to data samples, be involved in coding.

List of currently-active projects

Assessment And Treatment Services for Children and Adults Who Stutter
AAC-RERC: Engineering Advances for Communication Enhancement in the New Millennium
Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Other Disabilities
Dr. Janice Light, Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Development and Dr. David McNaughton, Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education recently launched a Web site to provide speech language pathologists, teachers, and parents with strategies for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners with complex communication needs.
Partnerships in AAC: A Master's-Level Training Program for Special Education Teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists to Improve Services and Results for Children From Diverse Backgrounds Who Require Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Project MOSAIC (Multiplying Opportunities for Services and Access for Immigrant Children)
Dr. Gordon Blood and Dr. Ingrid Blood received funding from the US Department of Education for a new comprehensive preservice master’s level training program for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to provide high quality, evidenced based services to children from immigrant circumstances who are English language learners (ELL) with communication and language disabilities, especially in rural areas. Immigrant children who are ELL are the largest growing student population in the US and their needs are currently not being met. This project will also alleviate the current and predicted shortages of SLPs. The project will offer unique academic courses, on-line seminars, interdisciplinary assessments and teaming, capstone research experiences, and field placements in rural and impoverished areas.
Evaluation of a Personalized Multimodal Interface Platform for Individuals with Significant Communication Disabilities
Effects of Practice on Speech Output for Children