Dr. Mary Andrianopoulos’ research is focused on better understanding the underlying motor mechanisms of verbal communication that influence motor execution, motor programming and planning, pitch, vocal quality and prosody in children with autism and adults with acquired neurological problems. She also is investigating the efficacy of using a telehealth service delivery platform to improve communication skills in students with autism spectrum disorders. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Yu-Kyong Choe’s research focuses on utilizing current technology to provide high-dosage rehabilitative services to stroke survivors. She also investigates the interaction between speech therapy and physical therapy with the purpose of maximizing the outcome of interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation.
Dr. Jacquie Kurland’s BRoCA Lab utilizes behavioral and neuroimaging tools to investigate treatment-induced neuroplasticity in post-stroke aphasia and practice-related functional reorganization in neurotypical controls. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Jennifer Mack’s Neuroscience of Language and Aphasia Lab investigates how adults produce and comprehend words, sentences, and narratives. She uses eye-tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate these processes in adults with acquired language impairments and neurotypical adults. One major goal is to identify language processes that are critical for supporting recovery of language function in aphasia. Her research has been supported by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass-Amherst and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Sara Mamo's research aims to test new service delivery models designed to increase the accessibility and affordability of hearing care services for older adults. She is particularly interested in the needs of older adults with age-related hearing loss and dementia and their caregivers. Her research has been funded by the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Kelly Richardson’s primary research area focuses on respiratory, laryngeal, and acoustic changes resulting from treatment of adult neurogenic communication disorders.