Research Programs

Our interdisciplinary center stimulates basic and applied research in areas related to atypical development and learning. Contact us at if you are interested in participating in research studies.

Current faculty research programs include studies on:

  • deafness
  • atypical communication development
  • developmental learning and attention disorders
  • systemic views of atypical development and learning
  • families of children with developmental delay
  • traumatic brain injury
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Participants Needed – Virtual Reality Training in Children with Cerebral Palsy: We are looking for children with Cerebral Palsy aged between 6 to 12 years old to participate in a current research project. We want to examine the effect of an 8-week home-based virtual reality computer gaming intervention on the improvement of upper-extremity function in children with Cerebral Palsy. Each child will play games for a total of 150 minutes per week at home. Parents and their children usually find these experiences of participation to be interesting and fun. If interested, please contact Dr. Yu-ping Chen at and 404-413-1256 for further information.

Participants Needed – Phonological Awareness in Preschool Age Children with Developmental Disabilities: Children between the ages of 4 and 5 with developmental disabilities are currently invited to participate in a research project to study speech, language and reading development. Children may or may not use speech to communicate and must have English as a primary language. Please view this flyer for more information, and call 404-413-5696 if you are interested in hearing more about how you and your child can participate.