Our Purpose

Grammar is the basis of linguistic creativity. The Applied Psycholinguistics Lab is committed to helping children with language disorders harness this natural resource. Research projects in this lab investigate how children developing language typically and children at-risk for language disorders learn grammar. Our goal is to improve identification of preschool language disorders and develop effective family-focused language interventions to promote social interaction and school success.


New project to launch August 1

Dr. Laura Hahn (PI) and Dr. Pamela Hadley (Co-I) have teamed up to study the contribution of child and maternal gestures and responsive maternal language input to word learning opportunities, production practice, and spoken language vocabulary growth for toddlers with fragile X syndrome. Read the story here.

Congratulations to Tracy Preza

Congratulations to Tracy Preza on the successful defense of her MA thesis on June 26, 2020 -- Exploring the interactive and linguistic dimensions of parent input and their role in the development of children’s simple sentences

Congratulations to Lab Alum Colleen Fitzgerald ’14

Congratulations to Colleen Fitzgerald on her recent tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University. We are so proud of you, Colleen!