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Centers & Labs

Faculty Labs

Child Language Intervention Lab (CLIL)

CLIL aims to identify efficient and effective language interventions for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, including children with primary language impairment, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, or autism spectrum disorder. CLIL is focused on developing new child language intervention techniques, understanding the language profiles of children and adolescents with differing neurodevelopmental disorders, and measuring intervention outcomes of individuals with different language and cognitive profiles.

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Learning to Talk


The Learning to Talk research program studies speech-sound development and disorders using a variety of behavioral techniques, including eye tracking, acoustic analysis, perception experiments, and corpus studies. It studies children acquiring a variety of languages, including English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese, among others. The program also researches the acquisition and processing of socially meaningful linguistic variation, with a focus on variation used to convey and perceive gender and sexuality. The Learning to Talk research program uses these different studies to develop new methods for assessing and treating speech-sound disorder in children.

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Schlauch Hearing Laboratory

Professor Schlauch’s laboratory addresses a wide range of topics, including auditory attention, loudness, speech perception, and diagnostic audiology. His goal is to improve the precision of audiologic diagnostic tests and to understand the perceptual consequences of hearing loss. Professor Schlauch enjoys introducing students to research and the publications process.

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Speech Fluency Lab

The speech fluency lab is directed by Dr. Jayanthi Sasisekaran. Research activities in the fluency lab are designed to examine psycholinguistic and sensori-motor processes in children and adults who stutter. Students interested in working and/or volunteering in the lab are requested to contact Dr. Sasisekaran.

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Understanding Hearing Loss

The Understanding Hearing Loss lab group seeks to understand the experience of listeners with hearing loss in realistic environments and with sensory aids. In particular, they focus on describing the changes in perception that listeners experience when hearing speech in fluctuating background noise. They are an active member of the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science, working on translational research projects with engineers, neuroscientists, and medical professionals.

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Zhang Lab

The overall goal of research in the Zhang Lab is to characterize brain plasticity across the life span and to define what the neural signature markers are for normal and pathological development of speech and language. Three lines of speech-language-hearing research are represented, namely, developmental, cross-linguistic, and pathological.

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Centers & Collaborative Groups

University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Groups

Our faculty and students are also active in interdisciplinary groups across campus. Among these departments are Biomedical Engineering, Dentistry, Psychology, Special Education, outside corporations, and others. Below are some groups SLHS students have been involved in:

  • Auditory Perception & Neuroscience
    This group provides an opportunity to facilitate collaborations and the sharing of knowledge among hearing researchers at the University of Minnesota and the greater research community. The group’s interests focus on the understanding of the perceptual mechanisms underlying normal and impaired auditory systems. Current study methods involve the use of animal and human subjects to obtain physiological measures (evoked auditory surface potentials, neural imaging, and neurophysiology) and behavioral measures of simple and complex sounds, including speech and music. 
  • Hearing Loss in Children
    The main focus of the Hearing Loss in Children: Diagnosis, Etiology and Outcomes group is in advancing research and care related to hearing loss in children.
  • Language & Cognition
    This group provides a structure for bringing together, and facilitating collaboration among, students and faculty with a common interest in addressing theoretical and practical questions that arise at the interface between language and other cognitive systems, and whose answers require a deeper understanding of the neurocognitive basis of linguistic communication.
  • Rehabilitation Research Graduate Group
    The mission of this group is cultivation of premiere scientists and future academicians to lead the transformation of the science and practice of rehabilitation. The Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research Graduate Group includes faculty, graduate students, and clinical, translational, and basic scientists at the University of Minnesota and other institutions in Minnesota interested in advancing the discovery, dissemination, and clinical translation of scientific findings in Rehabilitation. We conduct a broad range of rehabilitation research, from basic science to clinical studies.

Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS)

The vision of CATSS is to harness the University of Minnesota's world-leading scientific expertise in sensory science to tackle the problems faced by millions of people with sensory deficiencies, such as low vision or hearing loss. With our aging population, sensory deficiencies that cut people off from their social and physical environment will have an increasingly devastating impact at both the individual and societal levels.

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Julia M. Davis Speech-Language-Hearing Center

The Julia M. Davis Speech-Language-Hearing Center offers a broad range of services for individuals with impairments of speech, language, and hearing. The services offered in our clinic provide clinical education opportunities for graduate students. All services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of a nationally certified and licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist. The center provides clinical services, some of which interface with ongoing faculty research with consenting research participants.

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