SLP Student Research SLP Student Research

Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences programs conduct extensive research on communication access for deaf and hard of hearing people. The programs have a long history of external research supports from federal agencies and private foundations, including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. Each faculty member is conducting one or more research projects.

Students have ample opportunities to take part in the research. AuD students (and SLP students who choose the thesis option) conduct a research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor and fulfill the research capstone requirement for graduation. Ph.D. students typically complete a thorough, in-depth research project and are encouraged to take an opportunity to present outcomes in a nationally recognizable conference or publish in a peer-reviewed journal before completing the dissertation.

Students have an opportunity to work with faculty members as research assistants, typically up to 10 hours per week (for SLP/AuD students) or 20 hours per week (for Ph.D. students).

Ongoing Externally Funded Project

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC): The center works to improve accessibility, usability, and performance of technology for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Department investigators: David Thornton and Claire Bernstein.

Faculty Research Labs and Projects


Bernstein/Brewer Aural Rehabilitation Lab (B/Bar Lab)

The B/BAR lab is directing a series of randomized controlled studies aimed at evaluating the effect of aural rehabilitation interventions on adult cochlear implant (CI) outcomes. As part of these evidence-based studies, we are engaged in creating new CI assessment and outcome measures, auditory training...

Child Language & Culture Lab

The Child Language & Culture Lab examines language development and disorders among children who are culturally/linguistically diverse. Research emphases include (a) examining the relationship between the linguistic environment and children's language skills across languages; (b) developing and testing diagnostic measures to improve the identification of...

Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab

The Developmental Neurolinguistic and Cognition Lab aims to understand the relationship of language and cognition with brain development, as well as understand brain organization and literacy development. We are currently examining the neurophysiology of speech, language, and cognition in deaf infants, children, and young adults...

Electrophysiology of Language Foundations

The ELF (Electrophysiology of Language Foundations) Lab examines the neurologic underpinnings of sensory-phonetic conversion. Using electroencephalography (EEG), we seek to determine how individuals extract continuous sensory information and categorize into discrete phonetic categories in spoken and signed languages. Facilities This lab is currently equipped with...

Multicultural Research Lab

In the Multicultural Lab, research is conducted to examine the effects of language background, aging, and environmental factors on auditory function. Specific projects address how bilingual/multilingual language background and language impairment impact speech perception in adults and children. Another project examines how aging and cigarette...


The PLUSH (Prosody in Language Understanding, Speech, and Hearing) Lab investigates how children and adults perceive and process prosody—the rhythmic and melodic aspects of language, including stress, intonation, and emotions. Current projects include: What are the prosodic similarities and differences between speech produced by people...

Signed Language Development, Disorders, and Deprivation (SL3D) Lab

The goal of the SL3D lab is to identify evidence-based practices for language and literacy assessment and intervention for deaf and hard of hearing children who are struggling to acquire language skills. Projects often focus on the signing modality. The lab has potential to impact...

Vestibular and Balance Lab

Students who enter Gallaudet’s Vestibular and Balance Lab are treated to innovative technologies and world-class instruction. Highlighted by the Oculus Rift virtual reality system, the lab allows students to investigate challenges individuals face as a result of age, disease, and a variety of influences on...

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