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Research Facilities

Faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are well recognized for their expertise in wide-ranging areas within the discipline, authoring highly regarded textbooks, scholarly works, and original research articles that have been published in prestigious national and international journals. CSD boasts several faculty-led research laboratories furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. These labs not only support faculty scholarship, but also serve as a welcoming home for any undergraduate or graduate student interested in participating in research activities or in conducting their own investigations. 

CSD currently supports the following clinical, educational, and research laboratories:

School-Age Language Acquisition and Disorders Lab

The  School-Age Language Acquisition and Disorders (SALAD) Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University is directed by Dr. Jayne Brandel, CCC-SLP. The dual-purpose lab provides clinical research opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students regarding language-base disorders for school-age students, as well as resources for practicing speech-language pathologists.  
View the School-Age Language Acquisition and Disorders Lab webpage.

Auditory Perception Laboratory

Directed by Dr. Jeremy Donai, the CSD Auditory Perception Lab is designed to support research that exams how listeners utilize information from the high-frequency region of the speech spectrum during perceptual tasks.
View the Auditory Perception Laboratory webpage.

Language and Literacy Laboratory

Directed by Dr. Michelle Moore, the CSD Language and Literacy Lab explores phonological, orthographic, and memory processes in language and literacy for both typical and impaired learning. This work is done with an eye toward finding theoretically-motivated ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment of language and reading impairments in children.
View the Language and Literacy Lab webpage.

Speech Motor Control Laboratory

Directed by Dr. Kimberly Meigh, research in the Speech Motor Control Lab is focused on examining speech production at the level of memory processing. Specifically, the Lab utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate normal speech acquisition and transfer effects during motor learning. The goal is to take a theoretical step back from traditional models of speech motor control to re-evaluate the basic premise of “what is learned” during speech acquisition, and how this memory is represented.
View the Speech Motor Control Lab webpage

Cleft Palate—Craniofacial Laboratory

Directed by Dr. Dennis Ruscello, the CSD Cleft Palate—Craniofacial Lab is used to obtain air pressure and flow measurements for clinical and research studies of vocal-tract aerodynamics and velopharyngeal function.

Collaborative Assistive Technology Education Laboratory

The Collaborative Assistive Technology Education (CATE) Lab is a transdisciplinary effort between CSD, Special Education, and Occupational Therapy. In the CATE Lab, students learn how to select and use a wide range of mainstream and specialized devices to support individuals with disabilities in the context of educational and clinical interventions. For more information about the CATE Lab, contact CSD faculty member Karen Haines.