Lab Mission Statement

The focus of the NeuDLL Lab is on the development of language abilities in children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders. This research has included individuals with fragile X syndrome, which is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability, as well as individuals with autism spectrum disorder or Down syndrome. The overarching goal of this research is to understand how specific cognitive processes and learning mechanisms (e.g., statistical learning) interact with the learning opportunities afforded by the environment over the course of development. More generally, the mission of the NeuDLL lab is to investigate the consequences of neurodevelopmental disorders on language development, with consideration for the relationships among genes, brain, and cognition, as well as their impact on language learning processes. We achieve this by working with individuals with both shared and distinct sources of impairment (i.e., using within-syndrome designs and cross-syndrome comparisons). Ultimately, identifying cognitive skills and language learning processes that are sources of variability among and within neurodevelopmental disorders will inform what is known about the behavioral phenotypes associated with these disorders and will help guide intervention. The tools that we use to assess language, cognition, and behavior include spontaneous expressive language sampling, standardized/norm-referenced assessments, eye-gaze methodologies, and parent report. In this work, we strive for scientific excellence, we value teamwork and the contributions of each, we strive to develop connections within and beyond the lab, we hope to allow each individual to develop to his or her full potential, and we work towards fostering an environment of teaching and learning.

Research Opportunities & Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering at the NeuDLL Lab, please email us at neudll@uw.edu. Please include your program/year, a brief statement about your interest in volunteering in the lab, a description of previous research experience (if any), a current resume/CV, and a list of three references. Volunteer positions are subject to availability.