Candace Hicks, Director

Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A

The Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (CSLHR) is embedded within the School of Health Professions, and is administered through the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC).

The primary mission of the CSLHR is to promote education, research, and clinical practice in the areas of speech, language, and hearing. The Center's goal is to facilitate a collaborative effort among faculty in the programs of audiology, speech-language pathology, and rehabilitation sciences within the School of Health Professions and faculty from other programs within TTUHSC and Texas Tech University (TTU) who have interest and expertise in normal processes, disorders, or treatment of speech, language, swallowing, hearing, or balance systems.

Research Laboratories

The CSLHR laboratories are located on the 3rd floor of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center building in Lubbock, Texas (3B-302).  Each research laboratory is run by a full-time, doctoral level faculty member in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  The research laboratories are listed below.

Melinda Corwin

Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders Laboratory

James Dembowski

Speech Science Laboratory

Tori Gustafson

Auditory Processes Laboratory

Candace Hicks, Director

Pediatric Audiometric Science Laboratory

Tobias Kroll

Applied and Clinical Linguistics Laboratory

Sue Ann Lee

Child Phonology Laboratory

Leigh Ann Reel

Behavioral Hearing Laboratory

Angela Van-Sickle

Acquired Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory

Steven Zupancic

Vestibular/Auditory Integrated Biomedical Laboratory

Clinical Services

Much of the research conducted through the CSLHR is clinically based.  The CSLHR operates in partnership with the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics, which are located on the 2nd floor (2A-300) of TTUHSC in Lubbock, Texas. Clinical services which are currently available include the following:

Audiological evaluation and treatment for children and adults in the following areas:

  • hearing loss requiring hearing aids and/or aural rehabilitation
  • auditory processing disorder (APD)
  • cochlear implants
  • balance or dizziness problems

Speech-language evaluation and treatment for children and adults in the following areas:

  • speech sound problems, including apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy, dysarthria, hearing loss, phonological disorders, and/or the need for augmentative/alternative forms of communication
  • language-learning problems, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, learning disability, specific language impairment, developmental language disorder, dyslexia, and dysgraphia
  • stuttering
  • voice problems, including hoarseness or breathiness
  • swallowing problems
  • acquired language problems, including traumatic brain injury and aphasia
  • memory problems, including traumatic brain injury and dementia

Research Mentoring

Research and clinical faculty members work closely with students pursuing degrees in the following areas:

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology

Doctorate of Audiology  (Au.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Rehabilitation Science, Concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Recent Accomplishments

  1. Faculty members/CSLHR personnel published 17 peer-reviewed publications and/or book chapters and completed over 59 research and professional presentations in 2016-2017.  Ph.D. students in the department were a part of 7 peer-reviewed publications/presentations in 2016-2017.

  2. Faculty members/CSLHR personnel submitted 20 grants in 2016-2017.

  3. The CSLHR sponsored several research short seminars in 2016-2017.

  4. One CSLHR faculty served as editor of a national peer-reviewed journal. One CSLHR faculty served as co-editor of a national peer-reviewed journal. 

  5. The TTUHSC Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provided >900 hours of adult hearing/balance services, >800 hours of pediatric hearing/balance services, >1100 hours of adult speech/language/swallowing services, and >3900 hours of pediatric speech/language/swallowing services in 2016-2017.

  6. The South Plain Autism Network (SPAN) serves approximately 120 families with children who have autism every month.

  7. The Preschool Language and Articulation for Young Children (PLAY) Group meets twice weekly and serves approximately 20 children.

  8. The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has the only Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certified in Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) in West Texas and South Plains areas.

  9. The Cochlear Implant Group for adults serves several families and is working to expand its clinical outreach.

  10. The Stroke/Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program serves approximately 60 stroke survivors and caregivers weekly during the fall and spring semesters.   

Contact Information

CSLHR Director:  Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A
Phone: 806-7044
Fax: 806-743-5670
Mailing Address:  3601 4th St. Stop 6073, Lubbock, TX 79430

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