SIXTH FLOOR – Assessment & Outcomes

Data collection, testing, training, feedback and program evaluation research advance health outcomes and rehabilitation. Research focuses on language learning for people with communication disorders.


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Research Assessment Labs (available for naming)

These labs will be used for assessing quality of life for people with cognitive language disorders (ie., stroke, Alzheimer’s, etc.).

Voice Lab (available for naming)

Dr. Verdolini Abbott’s primary interest is voice and voice disorders. Past work has centered on the effects of hydration. stress and personality, wound healing, motor control, and respiratory perturbations on the voice and larynx. She has conducted large-N clinical trials funded by the NIH. Current work in planning stages rests in exercise physiology, psychological physiology, wound healing, and mind-body influences in voice. Other interests lie with spirituality and voice and alternative and complementary medicine. Dr Verdolini Abbott has received NIH funding for her research since 1997.

Adult Neuro Lab (available for naming)

Dr. Matt Cohen directs the Measure What Matters Lab. They develop new tools for assessing quality of life for people with cognitive and language disorders, for example, caused by stroke or Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Rebecca Hunting Pompon directs the Aphasia & Rehabilitation Outcomes Lab. This lab explores psychosocial factors – like chronic stress, depression, and resilience – and their influence on the rehabilitation of post-stroke aphasia and other acquired neurological impairments.

Child Language Lab (available for naming)

Li Sheng’s research focuses on how children learn multiple languages. Her lab studies children from diverse language background, including those who speak Mandarin or Spanish as their home language. She also studies how children’s attention, memory and world knowledge contribute to language learning.

The Treatment Efficacy and Language Learning lab, directed by Dr. Owen Van Horne also uses this space. The TELL lab examines questions about grammar and syntax primarily through intervention studies. Many of our questions are related to whether or not teachers and parents can learn to provide high quality intervention to children with language impairments or who are at-risk for language learning difficulties.  We also want to know if these short-term interventions lead to changes in long-term academic outcomes.  For instance, in one study we ask does learning the word hypothesis as a vocabulary word OR does learning to use the word predict in a sentence (he predicted that it would rain) lead to greater improvements in science learning. We hope to learn about the links between language and learning and improve service provision to children at the same time.


BADER/INBRE Core (available for naming)

Rehabilitation science focusing on biomechanics and orthopedic rehabilitation while investigating optimal rehabilitation care of wounded soldiers is the focus of the BADER Consortium, a research partnership funded by the Department of Defense.  The statewide Delaware IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is building Delaware’s biomedical research capability by developing research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular health and the neurosciences, providing key research resources and enhancing the biomedical science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce.

speech assessment and outcomes space on the 6th floor
assessment and outcomes space on the 6th floor
child language assessment and outcomes space on the 6th floor
BADER/INBRE assessment and outcomes space on the 6th floor

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For naming opportunities in the STAR Tower, please contact Dean Kathleen S. Matt

(302) 831-8370 |