Research in the lab explores the relationships between health/developmental conditions, typical developmental processes, and the impact of the environment that surrounds children with acquired or developmental neurogenic communication disorders on long-term outcome. The goal of this work is to uncover factors that would be amenable to intervention and enhance the effect of currently used evidences-based interventions. We are also interested in novel service delivery models, such as telemedicine, that could improve access to services and address disparities in care that exists in these populations.

Current lab projects include:

1) Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury – Pathways of Care Project:
Focuses on understanding barriers/facilitators to identification and referral for rehabilitative/educational support services for children with TBI. This project is done in collaboration with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus).

2) INvesT study (Identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in underserved children using telepractice):
Focuses on the use of a multi-step, interdisciplinary telemedicine service delivery model to decrease age of identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities in, generally, underserved populations. This project is done in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Short (CWRU, Psychological Sciences), the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON, Hough), Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland), and other suburban primary pediatric practices.