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Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A

Director, Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Phone: 806-743-5660 ext. 230

Email: candace.hicks@ttuhsc.edu

Description

The Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (CSLHR) is embedded within the school of Allied Health Sciences, and is administered through the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC).

The primary mission of the CSLHR is to promote education, research, and clinical practice in the areas of speech, language, and hearing. The Center's goal is to facilitate a collaborative effort among faculty in the programs of audiology, speech-language pathology, and rehabilitation sciences within the School of Allied Health Sciences and faculty from other programs within TTUHSC and Texas Tech University (TTU) who have interest and expertise in processing and production of auditory information, including linguistic stimuli.

Research Laboratories

The CSLHR laboratories are located on the 3rd floor of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center building in Lubbock, Texas (3B-302).  Each research laboratory is run by a full-time, doctoral level faculty member in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  The research laboratories are listed below.

Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders Laboratory

Melinda Corwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email: melinda.corwin@ttuhsc.edu

Auditory Electrophysiology Laboratory

Steven Zupancic, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor

phone: (806) 743-5678

email: steven.zupancic@ttuhsc.edu

Auditory Perception Laboratory

Dwayne Paschall, Ph.D, CCC-A

Associate Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email: dwayne.paschall@ttuhsc.edu

Auditory Processes Laboratory

Tori Gustafson, Au.D., CCC-A

Associate Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email:tori.gustafson@ttuhsc.edu

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory

Rajinder Koul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor and Associate Dean (Research)

phone: (806) 743-5660

email:rajinder.koul@ttuhsc.edu

Child Phonology Laboratory

Sue Ann S. Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email:sueann.lee@ttuhsc.edu

Selective Auditory Attention Laboratory

Leigh Ann Reel, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A

Assistant Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email: leigh.reel@ttuhsc.edu

Speech Science Laboratory

James Dembowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email: james.dembowski@ttuhsc.edu

Pediatric Audiometric Science Laboratory

Candace Hicks, Ph.D. CCC-A

Associate Professor

phone: (806) 743-5660

email: candace.hicks@ttuhsc.edu

Clinical Services

Much of the research conducted through the CSLHR is clinically based.  The CSLHR operates in partnership with the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics, which are located on the 2nd floor (2A-300) of TTUHSC in Lubbock, Texas. Clinical services which are currently available include the following:

Audiological evaluation and treatment for children and adults in the following areas:

  • hearing loss requiring hearing aids and/or aural rehabilitation
  • auditory processing disorder (APD)
  • cochlear implants
  • balance or dizziness problems

Speech-language evaluation and treatment for children and adults in the following areas:

  • speech sound problems, including apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy, dysarthria, hearing loss, phonlological disorders, and/or the need for augmentative/alternative forms of communication
  • language-learning problems, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, learning disability, specific language impairment, developmental language disorder, dyslexia, and dysgraphia
  • stuttering
  • voice problems, including hoarseness or breathiness
  • swallowing problems
  • acquired language problems, including traumatic brain injury and aphasia
  • memory problems, including traumatic brain injury and dementia

Research Mentoring

Research and clinical faculty members work closely with students pursuing degrees in the following areas:

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology

Doctorate of Audiology  (Au.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Recent Accomplishments

1.      Faculty members/CSLHR personnel published 42 peer-reviewed publications and/or book chapters and completed approximately 115 research and professional presentations from 2008-2012. Ph.D. students completed approximately 25 peer-reviewed presentations and publications from 2008-2012.

2.      Faculty members/CSLHR personnel were awarded federal research grants as well as state grants and grants from private foundations.  The two federal research grants that were funded are as follows:

        a.        Phonetic Category Formation in Korean-English Bilingual Children (NIH-NIDCD)

        b.      Do Animations Facilitate Symbol Understanding in Children with Autism? (NIDRR-US, Department of Education; Collaborative project with Northeastern University)

Private foundations supported the following clinical initiatives:

        c.       Stroke Recovery Family Services Endowment (CH and Davidson Foundations)

        d.       Autism Family Services Endowment (Davidson Foundation)

Four faculty members received university seed grants for their research projects in 2013

3.      The audiology research labs obtained a rotational chair. This chair allows for high velocity assessment of inner ear function and increases research capabilities.

4.      The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic served a total of 1,624 patients with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders (5,160 clinic visits) in 2012.

5.      The South Plains Autism Network (SPAN) serves approximately 20 families with children who have autism every month.

6.      The Preschool Language and Articulation for Young Children (PLAY) Group meets twice weekly and serves approximately 20 children.

7.      The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has the only Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certified in Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) in West Texas and South Plains areas.

8.      The Cochlear Implant Group for adults serves 5 families and is working to expand its clinical outreach.

9.      The Stroke/Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program serves approximately 60 stroke survivors and caregivers weekly during the fall and spring semesters.

Contact Information

CSLHR Director:  Candace Hicks, Ph.D. CCC-A

            Phone: 806-743-5660 ext. 230

            Fax: 806-743-5670

            Email:candace.hicks@ttuhsc.edu

            Mailing Address:  3701 4th St. Stop 6073, Lubbock, TX 79430

 

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