The following research projects are currently underway in my lab:
Functional neuroimaging of speech and non-speech motor tasks in stuttering and nonstuttering adults. This research is aimed at examining the neural sensorimotor processes underlying fluent and disfluent speech production in people who stutter. This research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
A magnetoencephalography study of auditory functions in adults who stutter. In this project, we investigate the role of auditory inhibition on activation in auditory cortex during overt speech and passive listening to speech in adults who stutter. This project will lead to further studies not only in adults but also in children who stutter (funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research). This work is part of the doctoral project by Deryk Beal.
A behavioural and neuroimaging study of motor learning in adults who stutter. This project is a continuation of previous research which has demonstrated motor acquisition deficits in adults who stutter. This research will continue to examine the extent of this deficit as well as incorporate structural and functional brain imaging to analyze learning associated changes in neural processes. This project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada and is part of the doctoral project of Kimberly Bauerly.
Behavioural and neuroimaging studies in neurogenic stuttering, especially in stroke patients. This project is done in collaboration with investigators at the University of Leuven in Belgium.