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Aphasia Rehabilitation and Bilingualism Research Lab

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Aphasia is an acquired language disorder most often caused by stroke (as well as traumatic brain injury, dementia, and more). Aphasia results in impairments in the production and comprehension of language that can significantly compromise a person’s ability to communicate in all facets of life. At the heart of the lab’s mission is clinical research focused on the development and systematic evaluation of novel treatments for aphasia that aim to improve effective communication in persons with aphasia.

Bilingual Extension Institute

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The Bilingual Extension Institute at Teachers College Columbia University provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills to make these differential diagnoses and provide appropriate services. The bilingual extension certificate requirement of the State Education Department recognizes the need for special training. Any clinician who works with bilingual children and adolescents (ages 3-21) for IEP based-services must obtain this add-on to their Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate. The Bilingual Extension Institute at Teachers College Columbia University fulfills all requirements of the bilingual extension, except for the NYSED BEA, the language proficiency test

Center for Cerebral Palsy Research

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The Center for Cerebral Palsy Research was founded in 1996 and is committed to understanding the mechanisms underlying the symptoms of cerebral palsy and developing evidence-based treatment approaches targeting these symptoms. The Center is a non-profit organization located at Teachers College, Columbia University, a leading institution of Education, Health and Psychology. Our Center is committed to improving the lives of children with cerebral palsy through research. These include both speech and motor disorders associated with CP.

The Developing Language and Literacy Lab

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The DLL Lab researches the language and literacy development of young children from diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on bilingual or dual language learners (DLLs). Numerous projects are occurring in the lab that:

  • investigate cultural and environmental influences on children’s development,
  • develop assessment instruments of DLLs’ language and literacy skills, and
  • develop and evaluate home- and classroom- based interventions.

Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders

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The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate training program in communication sciences and disorders 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.

EXerT Clinic

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The ExerT Clinic offers individualized exercise testing and physical activity assessments and counseling services provided by highly trained, certified staff and Movement Science graduate students. The goal of the EXerT Clinic is to assist you in designing an effective exercise training regimen that will meet your own personal goals.

Laboratory for the study of Upper Airway Dysfunction

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The Laboratory for the study of Upper Airway Dysfunction (UAD) is committed to improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in patients with dysphagia and dystussia through research, clinical care, and education. The UAD engages in research aimed at improving health outcomes and quality of life associated with disorders of airway protection. Our current projects focus on multiple behaviors contributing to airway protection and the ability to modify those behaviors via non-pharmacological treatment paradigms.  Research participants include healthy volunteers, people with Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders, and ischemic stroke. 

Language and Cognition Lab

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The Language and Cognition Lab at Teachers College examines:

  1. Relationships between language and thought from both developmental and adult perspectives. 
  2. Numerical cognition and representation in adults.

Neurocognition of Language Lab

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The Neurocognition of Language Lab were recently upgraded to cutting edge technology for the study of  The neurocognition of language.

Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development Lab

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Broadly, the center is interested in how early experiences lead to individual differences in child neurocognition. We use a variety of methods (standardized tests, MRI, home observation) and populations to investigate this topic.

Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory

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The Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory (NRL) conducts research on assessments and interventions for individuals with neurological diseases and disorders, including Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and stroke. The lab also engages in research investigating motor control and motor learning processes in both healthy individuals and those with neurological diseases and disorders.  Our broad aim is to develop effective interventions to improve functional abilities and quality of life for people with motor control impairments through physical therapy and exercise-based interventions.

Physical Culture and Education

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Faculty and students in Physical Culture & Education are committed to the sociocultural and pedagogical study of physical education [PE], physical activity, and health to understand the complex links between the body, identity, physical culture, pedagogy, and social justice issues. Physical culture is the study of human physical movement performed in a wide range of domains such as PE, sport, health, dance, and recreation from a critical perspective.

Speech Production & Perception Lab

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The goals of our research are to better understand patterns of speech production and perception in individuals with various language backgrounds and to develop remediation strategies, when needed, for increasing their intelligibility. We aim to recreate natural speech patterns as much as possible within the laboratory setting. 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 examining speech sounds in isolation. Our work informs educational and therapeutic approaches to speech learning and disorders in multilingual populations.



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