Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory

Aphasia

Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from neurological damage, typically stroke.  Reading, writing, speaking, and understanding language can all be affected to different degrees.  There are many different types of aphasia, such as Broca’s aphasia or Wernicke’s aphasia.  Although it has been studied for centuries, there remain many questions about recovery.

Motor Speech Disorders

Acquired motor speech disorders are a group of communication disorders resulting from neurological disease or damage.  Motor speech disorders can either be a problem with speech production (dysarthria) or motor planning/programming (apraxia of speech).  There are many different treatment approaches to dysarthria and apraxia of speech.  Research continues to investigate effective interventions and to better understand the mechanisms that result in decreased speech intelligibility.

Our Research

Researchers in the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory explore topics such as variables affecting recovery, intervention, community groups, aprosodia in dysarthric speakers and foreign accent syndrome. Learn more about our projects.

Lab Director

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore
Associate Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program

If you or your loved one is living with aphasia, join our Registry to be contacted for ongoing research projects.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for research experience, contact Dr. Laures-Gore for more information.

Volunteer

We welcome Georgia State University undergraduate and graduate students wishing to gain more research experience.  If you would like to volunteer to work in the lab, contact Dr. Laures-Gore at jlaures@gsu.edu

Graduate Research Assistantship

Research assistants have the opportunity to assist with current studies underway in the lab. Assistantships are offered to students annually on a competitive basis.

Research Projects

Students are encouraged to develop guided research projects under the supervision of Dr. Laures-Gore.  These projects are student-driven and do not require a formal committee.

Ph.D. in Neuroscience

If you are interested in a Ph.D. with Dr. Laures-Gore, please contact her.