Students in a computer lab

The MSU Language-Literacy Lab showcases the work done by faculty and students from Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University and provides resources for researchers and practitioners.  Studies conducted in this lab focus on development and disorders in spoken and written language. Faculty members include Dr. Julie Masterson and Dr. Shurita Thomas-Tate, and a variety of undergraduate and graduate students contribute each year (see Lab Staff).  Dr. Masterson’s current research focuses on optimal methods for assessment and documentation of treatment outcomes and RtI (Response to Intervention), spelling skills in individuals with sensory impairments, and the relationship between phonological productions and literacy skills. Dr. Thomas-Tate's research focuses on educational language and literacy outcomes in students who speak non-mainstream American English dialects, in particular African American English and Ozark English.  

Resources (see left tab) include related publications, assessment-analysis software that can be downloaded, and descriptions of ongoing projects.