Froud, Karen (kf2119)

Karen Froud

Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education
Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Education
Director, Neurocognition of Language Lab
Chair, Institutional Review Board

Office Location:

1155 Building 528

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Scholarly Interests

Neural underpinnings of language representation and processing, especially in pathological situations: developmental and acquired speech and language disorders; language and cognitive processing in schizophrenia. Neural correlates of second language acquisition in adults. Contributions of cognitive neuroscience to determining efficacy and mechanisms of change in speech-language pathology and educational interventions.

Selected Publications


Froud, K. & Khamis-Dakwar, R. (2012). MisMatch Negativity Responses in children with a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 2012;21:302.

Khamis-Dakwar, R., Froud, K. & Gordon, P. (in press). Syntactic and Morphological Development in Arabic Diglossia. Journal of Child Language.

Khamis-Dakwar, R. & Froud, K. (in press). Aphasia, language and culture: Arabs in the U.S. To appear in Multilingual Matters: Multilingual Aphasia.

Froud, K., Titone, D., Marantz, A. & Levy, D.L. (2010). Brain/behavior asymmetry in schizophrenia: a preliminary MEG study of cross-modal semantic priming in schizophrenia. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 23, 3, 223-239.

Galgano, J. & Froud, K. (2008). Evidence of the Voice-Related Cortical Potential: an electroencephalographic study. NeuroImage, 41, 1313-1323. (Also Corrigendum. NeuroImage 42, published online July 2008.)

Froud, K. & van der Lely, H.K.J. (2008). The count-mass distinction in typically developing and grammatically specifically language impaired children: new evidence on the role of syntax and semantics. Journal of Communication Disorders, 41, 274-303.

Khamis-Dakwar, R., & Froud, K. (2007). Lexical processing in two language varieties: an event-related brain potential study of Arabic native speakers. In Mughazy, M. (Ed.) Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XX, 153-166. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  

Froud, K. (2006). Unaccusativity as lexical argument reduction: evidence from aphasia. Lingua, 116, 1631-1650.

Gardner, H., Froud, K., McLelland, A. & van der Lely, H.K.J. (2006). The development of the Grammar and Phonology Screening (GAPS) test to assess key markers of specific language difficulties in young children. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 41 (5), 513-540.

Allen, K., Carlile, S., Alais, D. & Froud, K. (2005). Persistence of auditory streaming preserves release from masking. Canadian Acoustics, 33, 3, 46-47.

Druks, J. & Froud, K. (2002). The syntax of single words: evidence from a patient with a function word deficit. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 19(3), 207-244.

Froud, K. (2001). Prepositions and the lexical / functional divide: aphasic evidence. Lingua, 111, 1-28.

Froud, K. (1998). Aphasic evidence for the syntactic determination of unaccusativity. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, 10, 1-18.


Froud, K. (in press). Understanding and addressing the theory-to-practice divide in clinical training and practice. To appear in Bowen, C. (Ed.), Children’s Speech Sound Disorders. London: John Wiley & Sons.

van der Lely, H.K.J., Froud, K., Gardner, H., McLelland, A. (2007). The grammar and phonology screening test (GAPS). University of London, UK. (Available online at

Bury, D., Froud, K., Horsey, R. & Szendroi, K. (Eds.) (2004). Focus and the interaction between syntax and pragmatics. Lingua, 114, 3, 227-388.


Froud, K., Titone, D., Marantz, A. & Levy, D.L. (submitted). Brain/behavior asymmetry in schizophrenia: a preliminary MEG study of cross-modal semantic priming in schizophrenia. Journal of Neurolinguistics.

Froud, K. & Khamis-Dakwar, R. Diglossic variety switching: an event-related potential study of Arabic native speakers. (In preparation.)

Froud, K., Galgano, J., Randazzo, M. & Krieger, L. Acoustic and Spirometric Correlates of Phonation in Young and Middle-Aged Adults. (In preparation.)

Galgano, J. & Froud, K. Age-related changes of the voice-related cortical potential (VRCP). (In preparation.)

Sibuma, B., Froud, K., & Black, J. Effects of dimensionality on emotional face processing: an electrophysiological investigation. (In preparation.)


Dr Karen Froud is Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at 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 neuroscience research methods, EEG lab methods, and other electives; she also directs the master's thesis program. She is the founder of SLP-Cambodia, providing services, education and training around Siem Reap for families and children via the medical outreach NGO Safe Haven.

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, the National Institutes of Health, and several foundations. 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.

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