Research Overview

Faculty from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) mainly has clinical and applied research focus on number of areas related to communication science and disorders and beyond. The research undertaken is wide scope with focus ranging from social science to medical science. The researchers use wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods and perform laboratory and field-based research. SPHS believes that this diversity of expertise is necessary to serve the needs to student training. The research in SPH bounds to following themes/philosophy:

  • Biopsychosocial perspective
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Public health approach
  • Translational (or applied)
  • Underserved context

Research Areas

  • Applications of digital technologies for health and disability management, with specific focus on communication disorders
  • Applications of personal sound amplification systems (PSAPS) in the management of people with hearing loss
  • Communication between patients, significant others and professions and its impact on patient satisfaction and their clinical outcome
  • Exploring the importance of patient-centeredness in communication disorders
  • Exploring the cross-cultural differences and similarities in help-seeking and intervention use in various communication disorders
  • Occupational and recreational hearing loss
  • Psychosocial aspects of communication disorders
  • Readability and health literacy of patient information
  • Social representations related to various disabilities and health conditions
  • Treatment outcomes in speech, language, and hearing
  • Cross-cultural mentoring processes in SPHS undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Service delivery models in educational and medical settings