Research Laboratories

The CSD Research Laboratories in Hewitt Hall at UNH provide a space for inquiry and innovation. The CSDRL serves as the intellectual home for the laboratory-based activities of the CSD academic faculty.
Undergraduate and graduate students work together to advance the research missions of each lab. Students receive training in research methodology and analysis techniques that further their learning in the fields of language science, acoustics, neuroimaging, social communication, motor speech, and child language acquisition.




Jill C. Thorson


How do children acquire language? What do they sound like as they first begin to speak? My research focuses on the perception and production of prosody (i.e., the melody and rhythm of speech) at different stages in development and how these processes impact successful communication.

The goal of my work is to provide a better understanding of how the complex interaction between prosody and meaning develops over infancy and early childhood in both typical and atypical populations.  Most recently, I have studied these differences in children with autism spectrum disorder who show impairments in social communication.

Learn more about Dr. Thorson's CAT Lab


CAT Lab URC 2019




Kathryn J. Greenslade


My research focuses on social communication, or the use of language and nonverbal communication, in social interactions.  The goal of my work is to improve our understanding of social communication and the cognitive factors that contribute to successful communicative interactions, including social cognition and executive functions. My laboratory, the Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Lab (SoCIALab) focuses on developing innovative assessments and treatments for social communication disorders, especially in individuals with autism spectrum disorder or traumatic brain injury. 

Ongoing research includes:
  • Analyzing discourse-level language in healthy adults and those with communication disorders, including traumatic brain injury, aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Developing new discourse-level assessments and analyses to examine social communication in individuals with social communication disorders.