Karen FroudAssociate Professor of Speech & Language Pathology and Director, Neurocognition of Language Lab Academic Director, ISE-Cambodia Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr Froud trained as a speech-language pathologist in the UK and worked with adults with severe neurological disabilities at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London. She returned to academia to complete a master’s and PhD in Theoretical Linguistics at University College London. She then held a position as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience, where she conducted research on the effects of language impairment on the educational attainment and cognitive abilities of children. She participated in the development of the Grammar and Phonology Screening Test (the GAPS), the first assessment of its kind intended for use by parents, teachers and paraprofessionals for the early identification of language impairment.
In 2001, Dr Froud was recruited as a research fellow to the Mind Articulation Project at MIT. Using several different brain imaging modalities, including fMRI and MEG, she developed studies on the neuroscience of language and cognitive impairments in stroke and schizophrenia. She was awarded the Essell Young Investigator Award in 2003 by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and joined the faculty at Teachers College later the same year.
At TC, Dr Froud founded and directs the Neurocognition of Language Lab, a state of the art facility that uses high density electroencephalography to investigate questions about language, cognition and learning across the lifespan. She teaches graduate courses in language disorders, neuroscience of speech and language, research and lab methods. She also founded SLP-Cambodia, part of the Transcultural Speech-Language Pathology initiatives that take students to resource-poor regions around the world for service provision, education and training.
Dr Froud’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders, and the National Institutes of Health. She and her students regularly present at national and international conferences, especially the meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Dr Froud has published in journals including NeuroImage, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Lingua, the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuropsychology, as well as making contributions to edited volumes including Perspectives in Arabic Linguistics, Multicultural Aspects of Aphasia, and Children’s Speech Sound Disorders.