Professor Lisa Goffman holds the Nelle C. Johnson Chair in Communication Disorders in Children. She "studies the language, speech, and motor abilities that underlie communication, with a focus on children with language learning difficulties. Her current research interests include: "Integration of language and action into new accounts of developmental language disorders, including specific language impairment, speech sound disorders, and autism." A major goal of her research is to find ways to help children with speech and language difficulties learn more effectively." After teaching and doing research at Purdue University for 21 years, she joined the UT Dallas faculty in 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
This project explored whether disruption of articulation during listening impacts subsequent speech production in 4-yr-olds with and without speech sound disorder (SSD). During novel word learning, typically-developing children showed effects of articulatory disruption as revealed by larger differences between two acoustic cues to a sound contrast, but children with SSD were unaffected by articulatory disruption. Findings suggest that, when typically developing 4-yr- olds experience an articulatory disruption during a listening task, the children's subsequent production is affected. Children with SSD show less influence of articulatory experience during perception, which could be the result of impaired or attenuated ties between perception and articulation.