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Aphasia & Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory


Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from neurological damage, typically stroke.  Reading, writing, speaking, and understanding language can all be affected to different degrees.  There are many different types of aphasia, such as Broca’s aphasia or Wernicke’s aphasia.  Although aphasia has been studied for centuries, there remain many questions about recovery from aphasia.

Motor Speech Disorders

Acquired motor speech disorders are a group of communication disorders resulting from neurological disease or damage.  Motor speech disorders can either be a problem with speech production (dysarthria) or motor planning/programming (apraxia of speech).  There are many different treatment approaches to dysarthria and apraxia of speech.  Research continues to investigate effective interventions and to better understand the mechanisms that result in decreased speech intelligibility.

Our Research

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Researchers in the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory explore topics such as variables affecting aphasia recovery, aphasia intervention, aphasia community groups, aprosodia in dysarthric speakers and foreign accent syndrome.

Lab Director

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Communication Disorders Program

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2001
M.H.S., Univeristy of Missouri at Columbia, 1991
B.A., Iowa State University, 1989

Room: 802 COE
Phone: (404) 413-8299
Email: jlaures@gsu.edu

Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3979
Atlanta, GA 30302-3979

Lab Members

Lauren Clepper

Graduate Research Assistant
Communication Disorders Program

B.A., Emory University, 2006 (Psychology & Linguistics, Music)
Master’s Thesis: Perceptual Learning of Dysarthric Speech: Talker-Specific and Disorder-General Learning

Room: Aderhold 123
Email: lclepper1@student.gsu.edu

Penny Leonard

Graduate Research Assistant
Communication Disorders Program

B.S.Ed., University of Georgia, 2012 (Communication Sciences & Disorders)

Room: Aderhold 123
Email: pleonard2@student.gsu.edu

Tara Felix

Research Assistant
Speech Communication Major

Breonna Smart

Research Assistant
Biology Major

Michaela DuBay

Graduate Research Assistant, 2009-2011
Communication Disorders Program

M.Ed., Georgia State University, 2011 (Communication Disorders)
Master’s Thesis: Coping Resources in Individuals with Aphasia


Tony Buchanan, Ph.D., St. Louis University
Melissa Duff, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Rupal Patel, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Scott Russell, M.S., Grady Memorial Hospital
Rebecca Shisler Marshall, Ph.D., University of Georgia


We welcome Georgia State University undergraduate and graduate students wishing to gain more research experience.  If you would like to volunteer to work in the lab, contact Dr. Laures-Gore at jlaures@gsu.edu

Graduate Research Assistantship

Research assistants have the opportunity to assist with current studies underway in the lab. Assistantships are offered to students annually on a competitive basis.

Master’s Thesis

From the Communication Disorders Program Graduate Student Handbook: “Students seeking a Master’s Degree in CD have the opportunity to complete a master’s thesis in addition to their required coursework. The Master’s Thesis is a research project conducted by the student under the supervision of an advisory committee. The project includes a comprehensive review of literature on a selected topic and an empirical study. The advisory committee consists of two faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, with at least one of those faculty members from the CD Program, and one faculty member from outside the program. A written prospectus describing in detail the proposed master’s project must be submitted to and approved by all (three) members of the advisory committee before the work is begun. The student will work with the chair of the thesis advisory committee to develop a prospectus. The prospectus is defended in an oral presentation. When approved the student will carry-out the study and defend it in a final oral presentation with a written document.“

Research Projects

Students are encouraged to develop guided research projects under the supervision of Dr. Laures-Gore.  These projects are student-driven and do not require a formal committee.

Ph.D in Neuroscience

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