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), task-related processing load during discourse / complex communication, comparison of discourse performance in brain injured and typical adults, cognitive-motor interference in neurodegenerative disorders (Multiple Sclerosis) - co-PI with Susan Kasser from Rehabilitation and Movement Science

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; voice disorders; supervision; accent modification

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

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 includign parent training, 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, speech-language pathology assistants

Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Speech sound development in typically-developing children and in children with disorders from a variety of dialect and language backgrounds; 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)