Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab (ARTlab)
Principal Investigator: Maya Henry, PhD., CCC-SLP
Research in the lab is directed at improving our understanding of how the brain supports speech and language processes and how targeted treatment programs may improve communication impairments caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease. The lab utilizes current approaches in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and cognitive rehabilitation to address these issues.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Rajinder Koul, Ph.D.
The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab’s aim is to improve the efficacy of augmentative and alternative communication intervention for persons with severe speech and language impairment as a result of developmental and acquired conditions. We study the variables that influence the outcomes of such interventions, including symbol identification, the perception of synthetic speech, dynamic display configurations, and alternative access methods such as eye-tracking and brain-computer interface systems.
Dr. Jennifer and Emanuel Bodner Developmental Stuttering Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Courtney Byrd, Ph.D.
Our mission is to help persons who stutter, family members of persons who stutter, and professionals who work with persons who stutter in the community through the provision and sharing of evidence based practices, the implementation of cutting edge clinical training methodologies, and the completion of innovative research with specific focus on translating theory to clinical practice.
Central Sensory Processes Lab
Principal Investigator: Julia Campbell, Ph.D.
Our research is focused on cortical plasticity, or the ability of the brain to adapt to changes in the environment. Specifically, we are interested in how a typical brain with no sensory disorders might process various sensory input such as audition and vision over the lifespan, and how these cortical functions interact.
Principal Investigator: Liberty Hamilton, Ph.D.
The Hamilton lab investigates how the human brain processes speech sounds using intracranial electrocorticography (ECoG) recordings from patients with intractable epilepsy who are undergoing surgery to treat their epilepsy. We use a combination of electrophysiology, behavior, neuroimaging, and computational modeling to ask how different features of sounds are combined to form the words that we speak and hear, and how this changes during development.
Hearing Function Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Craig Champlin, Ph.D.
The aim of the Hearing Function Lab is to understand the workings of typical and atypical hearing systems. By understanding the underlying mechanisms of such systems, we are able to devise more sensitive tests used to characterize and track changes in hearing function over time.
Human Abilities in Bilingual Language Acquisition (HABLA) Laboratory
Principal Investigators: Lisa Bedore, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Peña, Ph.D.
The focus of the work at the HABLA lab is understanding how bilinguals organize and access their two language systems in an attempt to understand the nature of language breakdowns associated to language impairment. The HABLA lab is no longer active on UT campus.
Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute
Principal Investigator: Courtney Byrd, Ph.D.
The mission of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute is to help persons who stutter, their families, and their clinicians through the provision and sharing of evidence based practices, the implementation of cutting edge clinical training methodologies, and the completion of innovative research with specific focus on translating theory to practice.
Sound Brain Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Bharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D.
In the SoundBrain lab, researchers study the sensory and cognitive processes that underlie speech and music perception. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERPs), brainstem electrophysiology and behavioral methods, they study the representation of speech and music in the human brain, and how these representations are modified by listening experiences. The Sound Brain Laboratory is no longer active on UT campus.
Speech Disorders and Technology Lab
Principal Investigator: Jun Wang, Ph.D.
The lab is dedicated to develop assistive speech technologies including silent speech interfaces and to conduct basic speech science and disorders research on neurogenic motor speech disorders and neural processing for speech communication.
Speech Psychophysics Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Chang Liu, Ph.D.
The lab focuses on auditory processing of speech and non-speech sounds in a broad range of listeners including:
- native and non-native English listeners,
- listeners with hearing impairment, and
- children with typical development and speech disorders.
We are also interested in:
- speech acoustics for native and non-native speakers,
- speech technology for speech enhancement, and
- computational models for speech recognition.
UT Voice Lab
Principal Investigator: Rosemary Lester-Smith, Ph.D.
We study voice production in individuals with neurological disorders, healthy speakers, and singers to identify factors that improve or impair vocal control. Our interdisciplinary research aims to advance assessment and treatment of neurological voice disorders.