Richard G. Schwartz., Ph.D,  Director (, CV ) 

Dr. Schwartz is a Presidential Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The Graduate School and the University Center of the City University of New York. He attended McGill University, received his M.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of South Florida in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Speech Pathology and Developmental Psychology from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) in 1978. He is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Dr. Schwartz has also held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, Tel Aviv University, Weill Medical College of Cornell University Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is currently the Director of Research for the Ear Institute: Hearing and Learning Center/Cochlear Implant Center at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has published widely on speech and language disorders in children in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributed numerous chapters in academic textbooks and monographs, and has served as the editor of the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research . He is the editor of the Handbook of Child Language Disorders published by Psychology Press. Dr. Schwartz’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health since 1979. He has served as the chair/organizer of numerous national and international conferences. His current research interests include speech and language processing in children with Specific Language Impairment, children with Cochlear Implants, and children with Autism as well as the neurobiology of childhood language impairments. 


Georgia Drakopoulou, Lab Manager


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Georgia’s Research Interests: autism spectrum disorder, language acquisition, discourse and pragmatics

I’ve always wanted to learn more  about language development in depth to help children who struggle with it. I love swimming in the Greek islands!


Erin Reilly


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Erin’s Research Interests: autism spectrum disorders, cognition, language development

I have an interest in research because there are many unanswered questions about children with autism.  We need research to try to answer these questions. I once got third place in a triathlon (There were only three people in my age group.).



Katsiaryna (Katya) Aharodnik 


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Katya’s Research Interests: Bilingual child development, child language impairments, cognition, language acquisition, neurobiology of language

My interest in research grows out of my motivation to understand how to distinguish between language delays and language impairments in bilingual children. I love biking!

Iris Fishman



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My research interest is in the area of language processing with children with cerebral palsy who have severe speech and physical impairment.


Grace Kim-Lambert


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Grace’s Research Interests: language acquisition, child language, cochlear implants, bilingualism

Seems to me life boils down to two things: learn (anything) and help others. Research empowers you to do both, in spades.

Growing up, I tried to train myself to write with my left hand because I thought left-handedness was the cat’s meow. I’m now a right-handed adult with terrible penmanship.


Bernadette OjukwuBernadette


Bernadette joined the PhD program in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences in the Fall of 2015. Before starting the program, she interned in a psycholinguistics lab at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the same institution at which she received her bachelor’s in Biology. She has a variety of research interests ranging from syntax to pragmatics. She is also interested in understanding how cognition plays a role in language processing.



Karece Lopez (Class of 2015)






Zara Waldman Deluca (Class of 2015)


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