We request funding for a new training program, Neurocognitive Approaches to Communication Disorders, that emphasizes the application of new technologies and new theoretical frameworks in neuroscience and cognitive science (e.g., behavioral studies of real-time language processing, fMRI studies of children with SLI, electrophysiological studies of language learning) to research that is directly related to clinical practice in communicative disorders. The program proposed here allows us to take advantage of the unique structure of the young SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders (JDP) to provide such training in an environment that integrates communicative disorders, cognitive sciences, neurosciences, psychology, and linguistics and make better use of the rich clinical resources available through the SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences than has been possible to date. The training program will be headed by a committee of six senior scientists at SDSU whose research is focused on problems directly related to issues of characterization, assessment and interventions related to individuals with disorders of communication. We request funding for six predoctoral trainees who, through the requirements for the JDP, will specialize in adult language, child language, or multilingualism. Within those areas they will also develop expertise in at least one state-of-the-art research methodology (behavioral dynamics, neural imaging, neural modeling) while obtaining some exposure to all three methodologies through lab rotations, coursework, and program-wide activities such as seminars and journal clubs.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDC1-SRB-Y (52))
Program Officer
Sklare, Dan
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
San Diego State University
Other Health Professions
Other Domestic Higher Education
San Diego
United States
Zip Code
Sheppard, Shannon M; Midgley, Katherine J; Love, Tracy et al. (2018) Electrophysiological evidence for the interaction of prosody and thematic fit during sentence comprehension. Lang Cogn Neurosci 33:547-562
Friend, Margaret; Smolak, Erin; Liu, Yushuang et al. (2018) A cross-language study of decontextualized vocabulary comprehension in toddlerhood and kindergarten readiness. Dev Psychol 54:1317-1333
Engel, Samantha; Shapiro, Lewis P; Love, Tracy (2018) Proform-Antecedent Linking in Individuals with Agrammatic Aphasia: A Test of the Intervener Hypothesis. J Neurolinguistics 45:79-94
Hendrickson, Kristi; Poulin-Dubois, Diane; Zesiger, Pascal et al. (2017) Assessing a continuum of lexical-semantic knowledge in the second year of life: A multimodal approach. J Exp Child Psychol 158:95-111
Sullivan, Natalie; Walenski, Matthew; Love, Tracy et al. (2017) The comprehension of sentences with unaccusative verbs in aphasia: a test of the intervener hypothesis. Aphasiology 31:67-81
Combiths, Philip N; Barlow, Jessica A; Potapova, Irina et al. (2017) Influences of Phonological Context on Tense Marking in Spanish-English Dual Language Learners. J Speech Lang Hear Res 60:2199-2216
Woolpert, Darin; Reilly, Judy S (2016) Investigating the extent of neuroplasticity: Writing in children with perinatal stroke. Neuropsychologia 89:105-118
Stewart, Claire R; Sanchez, Sandra S; Grenesko, Emily L et al. (2016) Sensory Symptoms and Processing of Nonverbal Auditory and Visual Stimuli in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord 46:1590-601
Hendrickson, Kristi; Walenski, Matthew; Friend, Margaret et al. (2015) The organization of words and environmental sounds in memory. Neuropsychologia 69:67-76
Hendrickson, Kristi; Mitsven, Samantha; Poulin-Dubois, Diane et al. (2015) Looking and touching: what extant approaches reveal about the structure of early word knowledge. Dev Sci 18:723-35

Showing the most recent 10 out of 37 publications