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Institute for Mind & Brain

McCausland Center


Faculty Affiliates, Research Areas, and Representative Publications

Faculty Affiliates (Alphabetical)


Suzanne Adlof, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

 Research Focus:

Dr. Adlof’s lab investigates the relationship between oral language and reading development and disorders, with the long term goals of predicting, preventing, and remediating reading comprehension difficulties. She uses a variety of  methods (e.g., behavioral experiments, event-related potentials (ERPs), and treatment studies) to examine word knowledge, sentence processing, and reading skills within the general population and in subgroups of individuals with language and/or reading impairment. 

  • Adlof, S.M., Catts, H.W., & Lee, J. (2010). Kindergarten predictors of second vs. eighth grade reading comprehension impairments. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43, 332-345.

  • Catts, H.W., Adlof, S.M., & Ellis Weismer, S. (2006). Language deficits of poor comprehenders: Acase for the simple view of reading. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 278-293.


Amit Almor, Associate Professor of Psychology

 Research Focus:

 Dr. Almor investigates the relation between specialized cognitive processes (such as language and reasoning) and general memory and attention mechanisms in both mind and brain. A central area of research in Dr. Almor’s lab is the processing of reference and its relation to semantic memory, working memory, and the underlying neural circuits. 

  • Almor, A., Smith, D. V., Bonilha, L., Fridriksson, J., Rorden, C. (2007). What’s in a name?  Spatial brain circuits are used for tracking personal reference during discourse. Neuroreport, 18, 1215-1219.

  • Almor, A. & Nair, V. A. (2007). The Form of Referential Expressions in Discourse. Language and Linguistics Compass, 1 (1-2), 84–99.


Kenn Apel, Professor and chair of Communications Sciences and Disorders

Research Focus:

 Dr. Apel investigates the underlying linguistic components that support the development of word-level reading and spelling, with a particular focus on orthographic knowledge and morphological awareness.  

  • Apel, K., Brimo, D., Wilson-Fowler, E.B., Vortius, C., & Radach, R. (2012). Children develop initial orthographic knowledge during storybook reading. Scientific Studies of Reading. , DOI:10.1080/10888438.2012.692742

  • Apel, K., & Diehm, E. (2014). Morphological awareness intervention with kindergarteners and first and second grade students from low SES homes: A small efficacy study. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47, 65-75. DOI: 10.1177/0022219413509964


Roozbeh Behroozmand, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Focus:

 From a background in biomedical engineering, I investigate the neural correlates of speech production and motor control in the human brain. In this context, the research goal of my lab is to provide an integrated approach to the understanding of sensory-motor mechanisms of human speech as a model system.

  • Behroozmand R, Shebek R, Hansen D, Oya H, Robin DA, Howard MA, Greenlee JD. Sensory-Motor Networks Involved in Speech Production and Motor Control: An fMRI Study. Neuroimage (2015)

  • Behroozmand R, Ibrahim N, Korzyukov O, Robin DA, Larson CR. Left-Hemisphere Activation is Associated with Enhanced Vocal Pitch Error Detection in Musicians with Absolute Pitch. Brain and Cognition (2014)


Anne L. Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate Dean of Arts Humanities, and Social Sciences; Professor of Philosophy & Linguistics

Research Focus:

Dr. Bezuidenhout is studies pragmatic phenomena, such as conversational implicature, ellipsis, metaphor, and presupposition using both formal and experimental methods. She is currently working on a project on perspective-taking in conversation.  


Matthew Brashears, Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Focus:

 Dr. Brashears is a social network analyst with a primary interest in how humans cognitively encode, represent, and manipulate network information.  Also interested in how these approaches influence, or bias, decisions about social behavior, leading to systematic patterns in realized social relationship patterns.


Scott Decker, Assistant Professor, Certified School Psychologist 

Research Focus:

Neuropsychological assessment of children with learning and attention problems in schools. 

  • Decker, S. L., Roberts, A. M., & Englund, J. A. (2013). Cognitive predictors of rapid picture naming. Learning  and Individual Differences, 25, 141-149. 

  • Decker, S. L., Hale, B., & Flanagan, D. (2013). Professional practice issues in the assessment of intellectual development in children for educational applications. Psychology in the Schools. 50(3), 300-313.


Dirk Den Ouden, Assistant Professor of Communication Science and Disorders

Research Focus:

Dr. Den Ouden investigates ways in which the brain supports language functions in healthy and language-impaired populations, with a particular focus on phonological and syntactic production and comprehension.

  • Den Ouden, D.B., Saur, D., Mader, W., Schelter, B., Lukic, S., Wali, E., Timmer, J. & Thompson, C.K. (2012) Network modulation during complex syntactic processing. Neuroimage, 59, 815-823.

  • Den Ouden, D.B., Fix, S., Parrish, T.B. & Thompson, C.K. (2009) Argument structure effects in action verb naming in static and dynamic conditions. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 22, 196-215.


Rutvik Desai, Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Focus:

Dr. Desai studies the cognitive neuroscience of language 

  • Desai, RH, Binder, JR, Conant, LL, Mano Q, Seidenberg, MS (2011). The neural career of sensory-motor metaphors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 2376-2386.

  • Binder, J.R., Desai, R. (2011). The neurobiology of semantic memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15, 527-536.


Stanley Dubinsky, Professor of Linguistics, Executive Editor, Language (Journal of the Linguistic Society of America), Director of Jewish Studies

Research Focus:

My research Interests include syntax, semantics, and linguistic theory; descriptions and explanations of the grammars of natural languages, coupled with attempts to derive from these an understanding of the universal properties of human language.  

  • Davies, William D., and Stanley Dubinsky. 2009.  On the existence (and distribution) of sentential subjects.  In Donna B. Gerdts, John C. Moore, and Maria Polinsky (eds.), Hypothesis A/hypothesis B: Linguistic explorations in honor of David M. Perlmutter, 111-128. Current Studies in Linguistics 49.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Dubinsky, Stanley, and Christopher Holcomb. 2011. Understanding language through humor.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  202 pp.


Dan Fogerty, Assistant Professor of Communication Science and Disorders

Research Focus:

Dr. Fogerty’s research projects focus on how basic acoustic and linguistic properties contribute to speech understanding under a variety of complex and adverse listening conditions, from noisy restaurants to cochlear implant processing. He is particularly interested in how age, hearing loss, and cognitive function influence a listener’s ability to use these properties.


  • Fogerty, D. & Humes, L.E. (2012). A correlational method to concurrently measure envelope and temporal fine structure weights: Effects of age, cochlear pathology, and spectral shaping. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132, 1679-1689.

  • Fogerty, D., Kewley-Port, D. & Humes, L.E. (2012). The relative importance of consonant and vowel segments to the recognition of words and sentences: Effects of age and hearing loss. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America., 132, 1667-1678


Julius Fridriksson (Board of Advisors), USC Health Sciences Distinguished Professor, and co-Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging

Research Focus:

Work in Dr. Fridriksson’s lab is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms that support normal and disordered speech and language processing as well as recovery from communication disorders caused by brain damage. This work is supported by grants from the NIDCD.  

  • Richardson, J., Fillmore, P., Rorden, C., LaPointe, L., & Fridriksson, J. (2012). Re-establishing Broca’s initial findings. Brain & Language, in press.

  • Fridriksson, J., Hubbard, H.I., Hudspeth, S.G., Holland, A.L., Bonilha, L., Fromm, D., & Rorden, C. (2012) Speech entrainment enables patients with Broca’s aphasia to produce fluent speech. Brain, in press.


Jessica Green, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Focus:

Dr. Green’s research focuses on examining the neural underpinnings of attention and perception in multiple sensory modalities and how information from the different senses is integrated together. Her work uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, namely EEG, fMRI, and simultaneous EEG-fMRI recordings. 

  • Green, J. J. & Woldorff, M. G. (2012). Arrow-elicited cueing effects at short intervals: Rapid attentional orienting or cue-target stimulus conflict? Cognition, 122, 96-101.

  • Green, J. J., Doesburg, S. M., Ward, L. M., & McDonald, J. J. (2011). Electrical neuroimaging of voluntary audio-spatial attention: Evidence for a supramodal attention control network. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 3560-3564.


Troy Herter, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Research Focus:

Dr. Herter is the director of the Robotic Brain Assessment Lab. His research focuses on using robotic technology, gaze tracking, and virtual reality for assessment of sensory, motor, and cognitive deficits following stroke and concussion. 

  • Dukelow, S.P., Herter, T.M., Bagg, S.D., Scott, S.H. (2012) The independence of deficits in position sense and visually guided reaching following stroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 9, 72.

  • Debert, C.T., Herter, T.M., Dukelow, S.P. Robotic assessment of sensorimotor deficits after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 36, 58-67.


Sandra Kelly, Carolina Trustee Professor of Psychology

Research Focus:

Dr. Kelly has long been doing research examining brain changes and behavioral correlates in models of biomedical disorders. She is in the process of developing a new program of research examining the neural correlates of conscious experience and meditative states in people. 

  • Perkins, A. E., Fadel, J.R. and Kelly, S.J. (2015) The effects of postnatal alcohol exposure and galantamine on the context pre-exposure facilitation effect and acetylcholine efflux using in vivo microdialysis. Alcohol 49, 193-205.

  • Grillo, C., Piroli, G., Lawrence, R., Wrighten, S., Evans, A., Green, A., Wilson, S., Sakai, R., Kelly, S., Wilson, M., Mott, D., and Reagan, L. (2015) Downregulation of hippocampal insulin receptor expression impairs spatial learning and synaptic plasticity. Diabetes, 64, 3927-3936.


Jessica Klusek, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Focus:

Dr. Klusek's  research focuses on defining communication profiles among individuals with autism and fragile X-associated conditions, with an emphasis on delineating cross-symdrome overlap. Also interested in indentifying physiological and genetic biomarkers for communication risk within these groups. 

  • Klusek, J., Roberts, J.E, & Losh, M. (2015). Cardiac autonomic regulation in autism and fragile X-syndrome: A review. Psychological Bulletin, 141, 141-175.

  • Klusek, J., McGrath, S.E., Abbeduto, L.E., & Roberts, J.E. (2016). Pragmatic language features of mothers with FMRI premutation are associated with the language outcomes of adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 49-61.


R. Davis Moore, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

 Research Focus: 

Dr. Moore has conducted research on determining the functional outcomes of concussive injuries, and the active rehabilitation of post-concussion syndrome. The influence of health factors such as physical activity, fitness, and obesity on neuropsychological health and development.

  • Moore, R.D., Pindus, D.M., Drolette, E.S., Scudder, M.R., Raine, L.B., & Hillman, C.H. (2015). The persistent influence of pediatric concussion on attention and cognitive control during flanker performance. Boilogical Psychology, 109, 93-102.

  • Moore, R.D., Drollette, E.S., Scudder, M.R., Bharij, A., & Hillman, C.H. (2014). The influence of cardiorespiratory fitness on strategic, behavioral, and electrophysiological indices of arithmetic cognition in preadolescent children. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8.


Roger Newman-Norlund, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Research Focus: 

Dr. Newman-Norlund has conducted research on a variety of topics including motor learning, motor behavior, action observation and execution, imitation and complementary action, social cooperative motor tasks and the confluence of neural systems supporting language and motor functions. He utilizes behavioral experiments and neuroimaging techniques including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

  • Newman-Norlund, R.D., van Schie, H. T., van Zuijlen, A. M. J., & Bekkering, H. (2007). The human mirror neuron system more active during complementary compared with imitative action. Nature Neuroscience, 10, 817-818.

  • Newman-Norlund, R.D., Ondobaka, S., van Schie, H.T., van Elswijk, G. & Bekkering, H. (2010). Virtual lesions of the dorsal pars opercularis abolish response facilitation for biological and non-biological cues. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 4:5.


Melanie Palomares, Instructor, Department of Psychology

Research Focus:

Dr. Palomares characterizes visuospatial functions in typical adults, typical children and individuals with atypical development using psychophysics and visual evoked potentials (VEPS).  She explores the mechanism underlying several aspects of visual perception and attentional selection, primarily focusing on how perceptual organization interfaces with higher-level cognition.


John Richards (Board of Advisors), Carolina Distinguished Professor

Research Focus:

Dr. Richards studies the development of sustained attention in young infants and the development of extended fixations to television programs in the first two years. Young infants do not distinguish between abstract patterns and story-like television programs, but at the end of two years young children do. Dr. Richards is now using EEG and ERP in the study of saccade planning, its development in the first few months of infancy, and its relation to cortical areas controlling eye movements. He also is using structural MRI of infants along with ERP to study the cortical sources of the behavior associated with planned eye movements. 

  • Sanchez, C.E., Richards, J.E., & Almli, C.R. (2012). Age-specific MRI templates for pediatric neuroimaging. Developmental Neuropsychology, 37, 379-399.

  • Mallin, B.M., & Richards, J.E. (2012). Peripheral stimulus localization by infants of moving stimuli on complex backgrounds. Infancy.


Jane Roberts, Professor of Psychology

Research Focus:

Research by Dr. Roberts focuses on two primary areas: (1) the co-morbidity of autism and fragile X by investigating the emergence, predictors and developmental pathways of these two associated conditions, and (2) the role of biomarkers to advance our understanding of the mechanisms associated with deleterious outcomes in fragile X.

  • Tonnsen, B. L., Malone, P., Hatton, D. D., & Roberts, J. E.  (2013). Early negative affect predicts anxiety, not autism, in preschool boys with fragile X syndrome, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41 (2), 267-280.

  • Roberts, J.E., Hatton, D. D., Long, A.C., Anello, V., & Colombo, J.  (2012). Visual attention and autistic behavior in infants with fragile X syndrome.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(6), 937-946.


Christopher Rorden (Board of Advisors), SmartState Chair of Neuroimaging Research, and co-Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging 

Research Focus:

Dr. Rorden studies Attention and Perception, Epilepsy, and the the behavioral difficulties experienced by individuals after brain injury. Most of his work centers on stroke, the leading cause of disability in the United States. He uses neuroimaging and brain stimulation to study brain activity and to understand the difficulties in speech production and perception that result from stroke, and to predict treatment outcomes.

  • Rorden C, Hjaltason H, Fillmore P, Fridriksson J, Kjartansson O, Magnusdottir S, Karnath HO (2010). Allocentric neglect strongly associated with egocentric neglect. Neuropsychologia. 50, 1151-1157.

  • Rorden C, Kristjansson A, Revill KP and Saevarsson S (2011). Neural correlates of inter-trial priming and role-reversal in visual search. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:151.


Svetlana Shinkareva, Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Focus: 

Dr. Shinkareva’s research focuses on the development and application of quantitative methods to neuroimaging data. Her current interests include applying machine learning methods to fMRI data to study the neural basis of semantic knowledge representation and the representation of affect. 

  • Shinkareva, S.V., Malave, R.A., Just, M.A. & Mitchell, T.M. (2012). Exploring commonalities across participants in the neural representation of objects. Human Brain Mapping, 33, 1375-1383.

  • Shinkareva, S.V., Malave, V.L., Mason, R.A., Mitchell, T.M., & Just, M.A. (2011). Commonality of neural representations of words and pictures. Neuroimage, 54, 2418-2425.


D. Gregory Springer, Assistant Professor of Music Education

Research Focus:

Dr. Springer studies the perception and cognition of music, as well as human affective response to music. His current work examines the use of psycholinguistics as a way of measuring emotional response to music as well as factors that influence the evaluation of musical performances.

  • Springer, D. G., & Bradley, K. D. (2017). Investigating adjudicator bias in concert band evaluations: An application of the Many-Facets Rasch Model. Advance online publication. Musicae Scientiae. doi:10.1177/1029864917697782

  • Springer, D. G., & Schlegel, A. L. (2016). Effects of applause magnitude and musical style on listeners’ evaluations of wind band performances. Psychology of Music, 44, 742–756. doi:10.1177/0305735615591307


Jill Stewart, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science

Research Focus:

Dr. Stewart’s research focuses on the brain-behavior relationship during the control and learning of skilled motor tasks using detailed measures of movement (kinematics, EMG), brain structure and function (functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging), and clinical measures of impairment, function, and quality of life.  The overall goal of her research is to advance rehabilitation care for individuals with neurologic diagnoses through the development of novel intervention protocols and an improved understanding of client specific factors that predict likelihood of response to targeted interventions.  

  • Stewart JC, Gordon J, Winstein CJ.  (2014). Control of reach extent with the paretic and nonparetic arms after unilateral sensorimotor stroke II: planning and adjustments to control movement distance. Experimental Brain Research, 232(11), 3431-3443.

  • Stewart JC, Tran X, Cramer SC.  (2014). Age-related variability in performance of a motor action selection task is related to differences in brain structure and function among older adults.  Neuroimage, 86, 326-334.


Jennifer Vendemia, Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Focus:

Dr. Vendemia’s lab focuses on the cognitive processes recruited during deceptive responses using a multi-method approach (e.g., self-report, behavioral, high-density event related potentials, and fMRI). Recent work has distinguished misremembering from deception and demonstrated involvement of reward networks in the perception of deception. Future work targets social emotional networks. 

  • Craig, Adam W; Loureiro, Yuliya Komarova; Wood, Stacy; Vendemia, Jennifer M.C. (2012). Suspicious Minds: Exploring Neural Processes During Exposure to Deceptive Advertising. Journal of Marketing Research, 49(3), 361-372.

  • Greer, T.M., Vendemia, J.M.C., & Stancil, M. (2012). Neural correlates of race-related social evaluations for African Americans and White Americans. Neuropsychology, 26(6), 704-712. 


Doug Wedell, Professor and Chair of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Mind and Brain

Research Focus: 

Dr. Wedell’s research focuses on how context influences valuation, integration and response processes underlying judgment, decision making, and spatial cognition. Recent research has examined how affective processes are represented in the brain and interactions between affect and cognition across different tasks.

  • Wedell, D. H., & Moro, R. (2008). Testing boundary conditions for the conjunction fallacy: Effects of response mode, conceptual focus and problem type. Cognition, 107, 105-136.

  • Baucom, L.B., Wedell, D.H., J., Blitzer, D.N., & Shinkareva, S.V. (2012). Decoding the neural representation of affective states. Neuroimage, 718-727.


Lesly Wade-Woolley,Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Focus:

Dr. Wade-Woolley studies reading and spelling across the range of development, from children to skilled adults. Her current focus is the role of speech rhythm in literacy, and how prosody is implicated in reading at the level of the word and connected text.  Literacy in second language is a second area of research activity. 

  • Wade-Woolley, L. & Heggie, L.  (2015).  Implicit knowledge of word stress and derivational morphology guides skilled readers’ decoding of unfamiliar words. Scientific Studies of Reading, 19, 21-30.

  • Goodman, I., Libenson, A. & Wade-Woolley, L.  (2010). Sensitivity to linguistic stress, phonological awareness

and early reading ability in preschoolers.  Journal of Research in Reading, 33, 113-221. 


Krystal Werfel   Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Focus:

Dr. Werfel’s research focuses on investigating the linguistic skills that underlie literacy achievement, as well as improving literacy assessment and intervention for children with hearing loss and/or language impairment. 

  • Lund, E., Werfel, K. L., & Schuele, C. M. (2015). Phonological awareness and vocabulary performance of monolingual and bilingual preschool children with hearing loss. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 31, 85-100.doi: 10.1177/0265659014531261

  • Werfel, K. L., & Schuele, C. M. (2014). Improving initial sound segmentation for children with hearing loss: A pilot investigation. Volta Review, 114, 113-134.




Adjunct Faculty Affiliates


E. Matthew Husband, Lecturer, University of Oxford, UK

Research focus: 

Dr. Husband’s research interests are in the syntax-semantics interface and language processing. What is the representation of a sentence meaning? How are sentence meanings composed online? What network of brain regions supports the composition of sentence meanings? To address these and other related questions, his research makes use of behavioral and neurophysiological techniques, from grammaticality judgments and eye movements to electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging.  

  • Husband, E.M. (2012). Stages of individuals and the composition of states. The Linguistic Review 29 (3), 375-395.

  • Husband, E.M., Kelly, L,. and Zhu, D. (2011) Using complement coercion to understand the neural basis of semantic composition: Evidence from an fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23, 3254-3266.


Jessica Richardson, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research Focus:

Dr. Richardson’s research focuses on neural plasticity and stroke recovery, the development of efficacious treatment approaches, and the development of outcome measures that better predict increased life participation post-stroke. 

  • Richardson, J.D., Fillmore, P., Rorden, C., Lapointe, L.L., Fridriksson, J. (2012) Re-establishing Broca’s initial findings. Brain and Language, 123, 125-130.

  • Richardson, J.D., Baker, J.M., Morgan, P.S., Rorden, C., Bonilha, L., Fridriksson, J. (2011) Cerebral perfusion in chronic stroke: implications for lesion-symptom mapping and functional MRI. Behavioral Neurology, 24, 117-122.