Network Bar


The faculty of the FIU Communication Sciences & Disorders Department continuously pursues original research and scholarship achievements in the field. We encourage you to review this section to get better acquainted with our investigators, current projects, and faculty publications and presentations.

Current Research/Projects from Our Investigators

Dr. Alfredo ArdilaDr. Alfredo Ardila has developed several lines of research during the last years, including:

      • Examination of brain organization of language under normal and abnormal conditions. Specifically, it has been suggested that there are two major language systems (lexical/semantic and grammatical) that can be differentially impaired in cases of brain pathology (aphasia). Resulting from this suggestion, a new classification of the aphasia syndromes has been developed.
      • Cultural and educational effects on cognition, specifically exploring the impact of education on cognitive test performance, and the analysis of the cultural values underlying cognitive test performance.
      • Bilingualism, including stuttering in bilinguals, normal and abnormal aging in bilinguals, and speech and language disturbance in bilingual individuals.
      • Historical evolution of human cognition, specifically an analysis of the origins of human cognition (language, executive functions, calculation abilities, etc.).

Dr. Alliete AlfanoDr. Alliete Alfano has several major lines of research: One is the documentation of the speech and language development of young Hispanic children with hearing loss. Another line of research is the exploration of language input by Hispanic mothers to their children. A third line of research involves describing the use of language strategies in aural rehabilitation to promote communication development.

Dr. Alfano is currently investigating speech development of bilingual infants and toddlers using the Language Environment Analysis (LENA) System.

Dr. Angela MedinaDr. Angela Medina’s primary research focus is stuttering in the Spanish-English bilingual population. Her qualitative line of research involves the use of analytic tools based on systemic functional linguistic theory to examine bilingual’s narratives about their lived experiences of stuttering. An additional line of her research involves the exploration of the distinctive stuttering patterns exhibited by bilinguals.

Currently, Dr. Medina is investigating the role of bilingualism and culture in Hispanic Spanish-English speaking bilinguals who stutter. She is also conducting a pilot study on the efficacy of using the High-Variability Phonetic Training paradigm as a remediation tool for bilingual students studying applied English phonetics.

Dr. Eliane RamosDr. Eliane Ramos’ research interests encompass all areas of communication disorders in bilinguals, particularly in children.

She is currently researching cross-linguistic effects of phonological intervention on bilingual children with speech sound disorders as well as syntactic acquisition of bilingual children with language impairments and vocabulary comprehension of bilingual children with autism.

Dr. Jean MeadDr. Jean Mead is currently involved in several research projects investigating the supervisory process. She is exploring whether graduate interns’ attitudes and expectations about clinical practicum change after studying and learning about the supervisory process. She is also studying the challenges facing certified SLPs who supervise student interns and what current environmental factors may impact their ability to perform needed/required supervision. Her research is conducted collaboratively with colleagues locally and nationally.

Dr. Monica HoughDr. Monica Hough has two major lines of research: One area of research explores the processes of word retrieval and semantic organization in aphasia and cognitive-communicative disorders. The other line of research involves working memory and auditory comprehension in aphasia.

Currently Dr. Hough is investigating the interface of drawing and its facilitation in verbal word retrieval in chronic aphasia. She also is studying the effects of different measures of working memory and auditory comprehension on outcomes in typically aging adults and adults with aphasia.

Ms. Teri MunozMs. Teri Munoz has been exploring the effects of supervisory feedback on the clinical skills of speech language pathology graduate student clinicians’ as well as the effects of supervisory training on the increase of clinical skills in supervisors as compared to professional experience.

Her dissertation addresses speech-language pathology graduate students’ training in the provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).