Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A
Director, Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
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.
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.
Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders Laboratory
Melinda Corwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
phone: (806) 743-9050
Speech Science Laboratory
James Dembowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
phone: (806) 743-9054
Auditory Processes Laboratory
Tori Gustafson, Au.D., CCC-A
phone: (806) 743-9042
Pediatric Audiometric Science Laboratory
Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A
phone: (806) 743-9044
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Laboratory
Rajinder Koul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
phone: (806) 743-9033
Applied and Clinical Linguistics Laboratory
Tobias Kroll, Ph.D.
phone: (806) 743-9052
Child Phonology Laboratory
Sue Ann S. Lee, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
phone: (806) 743-9051
Behavioral Hearing Laboratory
Leigh Ann Reel, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A
phone: (806) 743-9043
Pediatric Language Disorders Laboratory
Mary Beth Schmitt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
phone: (806) 743-9060
Acquired Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory
Angela Van-Sickle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
phone: (806) 743-9053
Signal Processing & Communications Laboratory
Yang-Soo Yoon, Ph.D.
phone: (806) 743-9048
Vestibular/Auditory Integrated Biomedical Laboratory
Steven Zupancic, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A
phone: (806) 743-9041
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
- speech sound problems, including apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy, dysarthria, hearing
loss, phonological disorders, and/or the need for augmentative/alternative forms of
- language-learning problems, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD), Down syndrome, learning disability, specific language impairment, developmental
language disorder, dyslexia, and dysgraphia
- 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 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 Communication Sciences and Disorders
1. Faculty members/CSLHR personnel published 12 peer-reviewed publications and/or
book chapters and completed over 45 research and professional presentations in 2015-2016.
Ph.D. students in the department were a part of 9 peer-reviewed publications/presentations
2. Faculty members/CSLHR personnel submitted 5 grants in 2015-2016. One faculty member
was awarded an NIH grant.
3. The CSLHR sponsored several research short seminars in 2015-2016.
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 2015-2016.
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
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.
CSLHR Director: Candace Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-A
Mailing Address: 3601 4th St. Stop 6073, Lubbock, TX 79430