Research


KokkinakisThe Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders at the University of Kansas, together with our sister department, Hearing & Speech at the University of Kansas Medical Center, is one of the country’s premier research and training programs in speech-language-hearing sciences. The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders is consistently ranked as a top program by U.S. News and World Report.

Our research faculty are forging new ways of understanding the basis of communication and developing interventions to make communication possible for everyone. These scientists are nationally and internationally influential in the field. As an undergraduate you can be part of this exciting interdisciplinary research including neurological mechanisms underlying speech and their use in brain-machine interfaces, noise reduction in cochlear implants, the genetics of language, the mechanisms of word learning, speech perception in humans and communication development in children with severe developmental disabilities.

Thirty percent of undergraduates complete a research experience and SPLH students are well-represented in the University’s annual Undergraduate Research Awards. Further, SPLH faculty have been consistently recognized by the University and the students for outstanding research mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate level. 


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