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Adult Cognitive-Communication Laboratory 

The Adult Cognitive-Communication Laboratory (ACCL) is housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern Arizona University.  Cognitive-communication is the relationship between cognitive processes (such as attention, memory, executive functions, and organization) and communication abilities.  Typically following brain injury, if an individual has problems with cognitive or thinking abilities, the difficulties will negatively influence everyday interactions.  Researchers in the lab are currently investing concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).  The investigators are:

  • Evaluating various cognitive-communication screening measures to determine which measures can identify persistent symptoms related to concussion/mTBI
  • Studying the timing of when to provide cognitive-communication therapy for best functional outcomes. 

The goal of our research is to assist speech-language pathologists in selecting screening measures for concussion/mTBI and to determine when best to provide rehabilitation for cognitive-communication deficits.  The current research is funded by NIH – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. 

The ACCL is under the direction of Emi Isaki, Ph.D.  Her graduate research assistants are:  Naomi R., Emily S., Kayla W., & Erin U.