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Two students participating in eye tracking research.

Through innovative research projects, Penn State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders world-class faculty members and students explore the broad and deep factors that influence communication across the lifespan.

Researchers work in domains such as communication disabilities, developmental disabilities, speech production, augmentative and alternative communication, language development, visual support, the neurophysiological aspects of communication — and much more.

With ongoing research in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication, oral physiology and perceptual processes in speech production, dysarthria (speech production in adults with acquired neurological disorders), developmental language disorders, and autism spectrum disorders, among others, our department participates in the highly competitive grant writing process with agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education.

Explore our current active projects.