Research

Ongoing research in our department spans the range of basic and clinical research from the molecular level to patient oriented diagnostic and rehabilitative research, as well as across the lifespan from children to aging adults. 

We are a major contributor to the research effort in communication sciences and disorders, as illustrated by our state-of-the art laboratories, the productive research of our students, faculty, and staff, and the significant level of internal and external research support. We also extend our research outside of our labs, actively engaging in outreach efforts in the local community.

outreach.

Dr. Heffner talking about acoustics and perception at the Buffalo Museum of Science

Current Grant Funding

PI Name Funder Grant Title
Nichol Castro American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Determining the distance of spreading activation in the phonological network of persons with aphasia to inform selection of treatment generalization probes
Chris Heffner American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Speech Perception in Parkinson's Disease
Kaila Stipancic American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Effects of Speaker and Listener Characteristics on the Minimally Detectable Change of Speech Intelligibility: Dysarthria Etiology, Speech Severity, and Listener Experience
Mishaela DiNino Hearing Health Foundation Neural Mechanisms of Speech Sound Encoding in Older adults
Wei Sun SONOVA Company Is Loudness Perception impacted by Tinnitus Treatment Using Hearing Aid?
Alison Hendricks National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Production and Comprehension of Morphosyntax among Children with and without Developmental Language Disorder who speak non-Mainstream American English dialects
Kris Tjaden National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Role of Subthalamic nucleus in Speech and Movement among people with Parkinson's disease as Revealed by Intraoperative Recordings and Deep Brain Stimulation
Kristina Milvae Department of Defense
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
Hearing Restoration Research Program 
Enhanced Objective Measures for Evaluating Longitudinal Changes in Within-Subject Listening Difficulty
Kristina Milvae National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Listening effort and binaural-hearing benefits in bilateral cochlear-implant users
Jeff Higginbotham National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Project Open
Jeff Higginbotham
Engelke Family Foundation Project Converse