Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders
The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate training program in speech and language pathology at Teachers College. The Clinic offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders.
Services are provided by program faculty and supervisory staff who hold national and state certification in their respective areas. Qualified graduate students provide or assist in the provision of these services under the direct supervision of the faculty and staff.
The graduate program in Speech and Language Pathology at Teachers College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Academic concentrations leading to certifications include the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and the Bilingual Extension to the TSSLD, both of which are registered with the New York State Education Department.
1) Relationships between language and thought from both developmental and adult perspectives.
2) Numerical cognition and representation in adults.
At the Neurocognition of Language Lab, we conduct experiments examining the neural underpinnings of aspects of language and cognitive processing, in both normal and damaged adult brains, utilizing combinations of behavioral and electrophysiological techniques.
Research in the Speech Production and Perception Laboratory examines speech performance in individuals with and without communication disorders, with special emphasis on intelligibility and accent. Under the direction of Erika S. Levy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and trilingual speech-language pathologist, this lab is affiliated with the Speech & Language Pathology program in Teachers College's Department of Biobehavioral Sciences.
A goal of our research is to better understand patterns of speech production and perception by second-language learners and by individuals with communication disorders. We aim to recreate natural speech patterns as much as possible within the laboratory setting in order to learn about real-world speech production and perception and their disorders. A theme of this research has been the investigation of utterances in continuous speech, in which neighboring vowels and consonants affect each other's pronunciation, as opposed to isolated speech utterances. Our work informs educational and therapeutic approaches to speech and language learning and disorders in monolingual and multilingual populations.
Examples of the questions we ask are how children with communication disorders and second-language learners perceive and produce “clear speech,” an intelligibility-enhancing style of speech. Different speech styles are also of interest as possible tools for increasing intelligibility in individuals with motor speech disorders. Planned projects include an examination of interventions for increasing intelligibility in children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy. A goal of this research is to determine where difficulties lie in order to help pave the way for improvement in the efficacy of speech-language pathology service provision.
- Production and perception of clear speech by children with communication disorders and second-language learners
- Survey of beliefs and practices regarding speech-language pathology students with accents
- Examination of reported change in accent following a stroke in a trilingual individual with aphasia
We perform research on speech treatment for children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy (through the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research). To see if your child qualifies for a speech treatment study please contact Prof. Erika Levy at email@example.com.