Research Participation Opportunities

Research Participation

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is always looking for individuals who would like to participate in ongoing research projects.

Speech and Problem Solving Research

  • Greg Wallace, PhD, is recruiting healthy adult subjects to take part in a behavioral study investigating the effect of inner speech on problem solving abilities
  • To be eligible for the study, you must be:
  • 18-40 years old
  • a native English speaker
  • The study is one session, 60-90 minutes, scheduled at your convenience. 
  • You will complete a series of computerized problem-solving tasks and fill out personality/behavioral surveys
  • Participants will be paid $15 for their time
  • For more information, please see the Request for Participants brochure
  • If interested, contact: Cynthia Peng at [email protected] or 202-994-0756

Adult Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation Research

  • Diane Brewer, MA, CCC-A is looking for adults with cochlear implants to study the benefits of post-implantation training.
  • The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of training for adults who have received cochlear implants.
  • The study is assessing two training programs to determine whether they can improve speech understanding and communication in daily life.
  • Total time required is 8 weekly visits (90 minutes each), scheduled at your convenience.  Additionally, there will be two follow-up visits; one at 2-months and one at 6 months following the last training session (also 90 minutes each).
  • To be eligible for the study, you must be
    • 18 years of age or older
    • Have had your cochlear implant between 3 months and 3 years
    • Post-lingual deafness
    • Are fluent in English
  • For more information, see the Request for Participants brochure
  • To enroll in the study, please contact Claire Bernstein, PhD at 202-448-7204 or via email at [email protected]

Child Cochlear Implant Research

  • The aim of research in the Cochlear Implant Communication Lab is to better understand how children with cochlear implants produce and perceive certain speech and voice characteristics and to compare these characteristics to those of hearing children.
  • To be eligible for the "How Children Hear and Speak" study, you must be
  • Children will identify pictures, engage in an interactive language sampling, and be administered standardized tests of language and speech
  • Total time for testing is up to 2 1/2 hours and will involve one or two visits.
  • You will receive information about your child's speech and language assessment results
  • Parents will be compensated up to $100.00 for time and cost of travel.
  • To enroll in the study, please contact the Cochlear Implant Communication Lab at 202-994-3195 or email at [email protected]

Infant Social Development Research

  • Francys Subiaul, PhD is looking for normally developing infants to participate in a 15-minute eye-tracking study that investigates how they make social decisions by tracking where they look.
  • To be eligible for this study, your child must be
    • 3-12 months of age
    • Have no medical complications
    • Not be taking any prescription medication
  • For more information, see the Study Recruitment Flyer

Communication Neuroscience Laboratory

  • The Communication Science Laboratory (Lynne E. Bernstein, Director) is seeking participants for experiments on lipreading, speech perception in noise, multisensory speech perception and vibrotactile perception. 
  • The laboratory uses a range of methods.  Some of the studies use methods from experimental psychology, and others use methods from cognitive neuroscience (i.e.. functional magnetic resonance imaging - fMRI, and electroencephalography - EEG). 
  • Volunteers (ages 18 - 45 years, with English as a first and primary language, among their qualifications) are paid for their participation. 
  • For more information and to see if you qualify, contact [email protected]