The Department offers students the opportunity to participate in research projects conducted by members of the CSD faculty.

Individual faculty member's areas of clinical and research expertise are shown below. Students who are interested in research opportunties may contact individual faculty members directly or the Department Chair for more information.

Academic Faculty Expertise

Dawn C. Botts

  • School-age language disorders
  • Instructional methods for children with language-learning disabilities
  • Children and adults with language and literacy deficits
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Assessment methods
  • Clinical education and supervision

Jennifer C. Buff

  • Childhood apraxia of speech
  • Speech perception
  • Motor speech development
  • Speech sound disorders

Laura Chapman

  • Adult neurogenic language disorders (aphasia, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, language and aging)
  • Cognitive underpinnings of language, studied via pupillometry and eyetracking
  • Contemplative practices (e.g., mindfulness, meditation) in communication sciences and disorders
  • Contemplative pedagogy

Gail Donaldson

  • Electrical stimulation of the auditory system
  • Sound and speech perception in cochlear implant users
  • Bimodal (electric-acoustic) hearing
  • Anatomy and physiology of the auditory system

Stefan Frisch

  • Speech production
  • Ultrasound imaging of articulation
  • Speech perception
  • Second language acquisition
  • Language modeling

R. Jordan Hazelwood

  • Swallowing and swallowing disorders
  • Standardization of assessment
  • Interprofessional education
  • Clinicial research ethics
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Voice disorders

Rachel Hoge

  • Developmental language disorder
  • Second language acquisition/bilingual language development
  • School-based services for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Literacy instruction for people with complex communication needs
  • Development and psychometric evaluation of language and literacy tests for bilinguals
  • Cultural competence in speech-language pathology

Joseph F. Klein

  • Stuttering
  • Cluttering
  • Counseling in communication sciences and disorders
  • Employment factors for people with communication disorders

Emily Lakey

  • Autism
  • Social aspects of communication
  • Preschool language disorders
  • Interprofessional collaboration and education

Angela Losardo

  • Infant communication/preschool and school-age language disorders
  • Alternative/cross-cultural assessment
  • Comparative language/literacy intervention research
  • Interdisciplinary personnel preparation
  • Severe communication disorders/autism spectrum disorders

Gary H. McCullough

  • Swallowing disorders
  • Voice disorders

Kim McCullough

  • Evaluation of mild cognitive impairment
  • Treatment of mild cognitive impairment
  • Interprofessional education
  • Aphasia

Benjamin Russell

  • Cochlear implants
  • Hearing aids
  • Diagnostic hearing evaluations (pediatric and adult)
  • Speech perception with reduced spectral cues
  • Vestibular evaluation 

Clinical Educator Expertise

Karalee Cole

  • Early intervention assessment and treatment
  • Parent/caregiver training
  • Preschool language disorders
  • Early literacy
  • Interprofessional collaboration and education

Kristin Crawford

  • SLP services in the prison setting
  • Professional Development
  • Speech and language disorders in school age populations

Bliss Hemric

  • Preschool language disorders
  • Early literacy
  • Preschool screenings
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Early childhood professional collaboration

Emily B. Hornback

  • Rehabilitation for geriatrics/adults in skilled nursing facility
  • Progressive neurological diseases
  • Cognitive-linguistic Impairment
  • Dysphagia

Emily Hutelmyer

  • Dysphagia
  • Aphasia
  • Progressive neurological disorders (Parkinson's disease, PSP, ALS)
  • Head and neck cancer

Sherry L. Street-Tobin

  • Language disorders in infant/toddler/preschool populations
  • Instructional methods in preschool settings
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Down syndrome
  • Emergent literacy
  • Phonological disorders

Jennifer P. Van Gilder

  • School-age language
  • Literacy
  • Phonologic awareness
  • Central auditory processing

Sarah Young

  • Voice evaluation (Videolaryngostroboscopy)
  • Voice treatment
  • Instrumental evaluation of swallowing (MBSImP)
  • Cognitive-linguistic impairment following TBI
  • Parkinson's voice therapy (LSVT)
  • Interprofessional collaboration and education