Overview

Faculty members and students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders conduct basic and applied research focused on enhancing the quality of services and life for individuals with speech, language, hearing and associated disorders.

Research Interests

Cecyle Carson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • cleft palate
  • voice disorders
  • speech disorders
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders

Janel Cosby, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, F-AAA

  • Cochlear Implants
  • Auditory Training
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Aural (Re)habilitation
  • Auditory Processing

Michael Crary, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Swallowing Disorders

Barbara Ehren, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

  • literacy
  • language disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics/Psychololinguistics

Nancy Harrington, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP

  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication

Bari Hoffman Ruddy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Swallowing Disorders
  • voice disorders
  • Head and Neck Cancers/Laryngectomy
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Yoshiaki Ihara, D.D.S, Ph.D

  • dysphasgia
  • oral rehabilitation

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D., S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assistive Technology
  • Language Development and Disorders
  • service-learning
  • scholarship of teaching and learning

Anthony Pak Hin Kong, Ph.D.

  • adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • aphasia
  • bilingualism
  • cognitive-communicative disorders
  • discourse analysis

David Ratusnik, Ph.D.

  • language disorders
  • Fluency
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Speech Acquisition
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Kenyatta Rivers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • evidence-based practice
  • Language/Literacy Disorders and Differences in Children and Adolescents
  • Cultural and Linguistic Variables
  • Language Acquisition

Linda Rosa-Lugo, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, , , ,

  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Aural Re(Habilitation)/Listening and Spoken Language
  • Language and Literacy Disorders
  • Professional Preparation Practices
  • Second Language Acquisition

John Ryalls, Ph.D.

  • speech disorders
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders

Jamie Schwartz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • language disorders
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • literacy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Language Acquisition
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

  • language disorders
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Language Acquisition
  • Preschool And School-Age Speech Language Pathology
  • Language And Literacy

Joshua Troche, Ph.D., M.A., B.S.

  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Lauren Bislick Wilson, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.

  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment Development
  • Motor Learning Theory & Principles of Motor Learning

Richard Zraick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • voice disorders
  • health literacy
  • Adult neurogenic speech-language disorders
  • clinical skills training
  • Healthcare Simulation

Current/Recent Grants

Word by Word: Building Sentences with Preschoolers Who Use AAC
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$1,623,136, 7/7/2017-6/30/2022
National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
[Part of a five-year, $2,781,276 Multiple Principal Investigator Grant with Cathy Binger, Ph.D., at the University of New Mexico]

Teaching Preschoolers with Complex Communication Needs to Ask Inverted Yes-No Questions Using an AAC iPad Application
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$437,812, 12/1/2015-11/30/2018
National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)

FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
PI: Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D.
$1,603,824, 10/1/2005-9/30/2018
Florida Alliance for Assisitive Services and Technology

Speech Perception, Cognitive Processing and Self-Reported Communication Abilities in Older Adults with Hearing
PI: Janel Cosby, Au.D., Ph.D.
Co-PI: Linda Rosa-Lugo, Ph.D.
$7,500, 6/14/2017-5/31/2018
UCF Foundation, Inc.

Reading Beyond the Book: Implementing Dialogic Reading to Improve Language and Emergent Literacy Skills for Preschool Children with Significant Language Impairments
PI: Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2016-4/30/2018
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization

The Impact of Virtual Simulation on the Interprofessional Communication Skills of Speech-Language Pathology Students
PI: Jacqueline Towson, Ph.D.
$10,000, 1/1/2017-12/31/2017
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speech/Language Pathology Graduate Specialization in Listening & Spoken Language in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Project LSL-CLD)
PI: Linda Rosa-Lugo, Ed.D.
$946,750, 1/1/2012-12/31/2017
USDOE/Office of Special Education Programs
[part of a four-year, $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Education]

OTHER EXTERNAL FUNDING

Scholar-in-Residence Support

PI: Barbara Ehren, Ed.D.
$120,000, 2014-2017
Willow Schools

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