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Arnold School of Public Health


Our Research

Lab Projects

Funded by NIH, the purpose of the ELLA study is to (a) determine the developmental trajectories of oral language, phonological processing, and orthographic knowledge for children with hearing loss across the preschool years and (b) determine whether preschool oral language, phonological processing, and orthographic knowledge predict unique variance in literacy achievement in children with hearing loss at age 6. Learn More

The purpose of this study is to examine the relative contribution of the component skills of phonological processing—phonological awareness, phonological memory, and phonological recoding—to reading and spelling achievement in school-age children with cochlear implants. Learn More

The purpose of this study is to evaluate spelling across linguistic contexts (single words versus in sentences) for school-age children with and without SLI. Learn More


Student Projects

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of therapy modality (flash cards versus tablet) on children’s gains in speech sound production accuracy during articulation therapy. Learn More

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the story writing skills (spelling, syntax, story grammar) of school-age children with cochlear implants. Learn More

Funded by Dr. Werfel’s AARC Award from ASHA, the purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate a DVD-training program that teaches parents of children with hearing loss to use specific book-reading strategies that increase their children’s print knowledge.

Language in Children with SLI and EBD

Funded by Dr. Werfel’s AARC Award from ASHA, the purpose of this study is to compare the language use of children with specific language impairment and children with emotion/behavior disorders using language sample analysis.

Funded by Dr. Werfel’s AARC Award from ASHA, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of regular and irregular past tense marking in oral reading passages as a screener for SLI. Learn More

The purpose of this study is to explore how print exposure influences orthographic knowledge and subsequent literacy skills in second graders with typical language and literacy development. Learn More

 

Past Studies

The purpose of this study was to systematically explore the relation between linguistic knowledge and spelling proficiency, independent of visual memory, in elementary children with and without language impairment. Learn More

The purpose of this study was to investigate visual attention to print during storybook reading in preschool children with hearing loss. Learn More

The purpose of this study was to compare print-referencing behaviors of parents of preschoolers with and without hearing loss. Learn More

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the functional relation between initial sound awareness instruction and increased initial sound segmentation skill in children with hearing loss. Learn More

The purpose of this study was to describe the growth of children's segmentation and representation of consonant blends in the kindergarten year and to evaluate the extent to which linguistic features influence segmentation and representation of consonant blends. Specifically, the roles of word position (initial blends, final blends), class of blends, homorganicity, and nasality were considered. Learn More

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