Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory
The Developmental Stuttering Laboratory was established in 2006 by Courtney T. Byrd, PhD, CCC-SLP in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2012 the lab received an endowment and was officially renamed the Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory. In 2014, The Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute was established as a distinct endowed institute dedicated to excellence in clinical research and the Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory was integrated as a critical component of the Lang Institute. The ongoing research efforts of the Bodner Lab team include the investigation of the cognitive and linguistic development of persons who stutter and the effectiveness of innovative treatment strategies and clinical training tools. The Bodner Lab team is also committed to training undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students who plan to specialize in stuttering and to disseminating information about stuttering through conducting continuing education workshops for practicing speech-language pathologists, facilitating bi-annual public forums for persons who stutter and their families, holding the National Stuttering Association monthly local chapter meetings, presenting research at national and international conferences, and publishing data in referenced journals.
The Bodner Lab is outfitted with 2 administrative computers, 4 testing computers, and 4 analysis computers. The testing workstations in the lab are configured to allow for high resolution digital recording of participants for later analysis. The recordings feature studio quality audio of the test subject, a close-up video image of the test subject's face and a small video inset window showing the testing workstation's display. Additionally, the testing workstations utilize serial response boxes which allow for timing subject response using tactile button presses and spoken feedback. The testing workstations also feature high-fidelity direct-to-disk recording and analysis tools for analyzing specific aspects of the human speech process. The analysis workstations in the lab are configured to allow easy viewing, transcription, and coding of digital recordings. The workstations feature high-fidelity monitor speakers, headphones, and multiple monitors to allow for efficient workflows. In order to guarantee the highest fidelity recordings during lab tests, the lab has been fitted with sound proof insulation and the lab utilizes high-quality condensor microphones, studio-grade microphone pre-amps, and studio-grade wiring and accessory electronics. Software and data co-processors specific to the functions of the lab include SuperLab, E-Prime, the research version of SALT V9, and CSL. Finally, the Bodner Lab has direct access to 12 therapy rooms that come equipped with two-way mirrors and audio and video recording devices. Additional clinical research space is available to the Bodner Lab through its affiliation with the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute.