The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders engages in research focused on speech, language, cognitive function, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. This work promises to advance knowledge of how the brain functions as well as create new therapies for children and adults challenged by cognitive and neurological disorders.

Faculty/Staff Member Area of Expertise and/or Research

Elizabeth Adams, Au.D., CCC-A, CH-AP, CH-TM

  • Audiology
  • Hearing loss treatment
  • Tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance management, including Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical education and practice

Kim R. Bauerly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Developmental stuttering across the lifespan
  • Group treatment for adolescents and adults who stutter
  • Psychophysiology (EDA/RSA)
  • Kinematic Analysis (Wav)
  • Acoustic Analysis

Michael S. Cannizzaro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Analysis of prefrontal cortical function as measured by functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) & fMRI
  • Task related processing load during discourse / complex communication
  • Stuttering behavior and cortical laterality in adults - pre and post treatment response
  • A comparison of discourse performance in brain injured and typical adults
  • Developing a brain computer interface for communication and environmental control in persons with severe motor impairments

Emily L. Coderre, Ph.D.

  • Language
  • Autism
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Sharon Cote, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Speech sound disorders
  • Language and literacy

Mary Alice Favro, M.A., CCC-SLP

  • Training culturally responsive clinicians and future leaders
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Community and classroom-based communication programming for students with multiple disabilities
  • Supporting adults with developmental disabilities to become effective communicators

Nancy Marie Gauvin, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

  • Craniofacial anomalies, Cleft lip and Palate
  • Resonance Disorders and prosthetic appliances
  • Dysphagia
  • Accent modification
  • Supervision

Barry Guitar, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Treatments for preschool children who stutter
  • Temperament and recovery from stuttering in children and adults

Tiffany Hutchins, Ph.D.

  • Mother/child interaction strategies
  • Social cognition in ASD, ADHD, and oral and late-signing children with hearing loss
  • Child language development
  • Measurement of Theory of Mind
  • Efficacy of story-based interventions used in treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • Visual attention to face stimuli in autism spectrum disorders

Danra Kazenski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Clinical supervision and education of students working with children and adults who stutter
  • Facilitation of Stuttering Support Groups for Vermonters of all ages who stutter
  • Implementation research on the effectiveness of the Lidcombe Program treatment in preschool-age children who stutter

Hope Morris, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Parent training using the Hanen program
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Feeding disorders in children with ASD

Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

  • The nature and treatment of autism in children, specifically addressing issues of social cognition and theory of mind using social cognitive interventions
  • Identification of the neurological underpinnings of emotion recognition and theory of mind deficits in children with autism
  • Interprofessional education and collaborative practice
  • Family-centered care

Kathleen (Kate) Ross, M.S., CCC-SLP

  • Language Development
  • Early Intervention
  • Child Development

Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Speech sound development in typically-developing children and in children with disorders
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Motor speech, phonological, and literacy difficulties associated with neurodevelopmental syndromes, such as autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome (which was just identified in 2004)