Welcome to the Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory

Welcome to the homepage for the Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory (CCANDL). Our team seeks to understand preclinical signs of dementia, shed light on possible methods of early identification, and explore innovative intervention options. We seek interdisciplinary collaboration and community input for our projects.

Please feel free to contact our team at any time with questions about our work or how you can get involved!


Primary Aims of Our Lab


Understanding neural mechanisms of speech/language in individuals with normal aging, preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild CognitiveImpairment (MCI), and other forms of dementia.

Design and testing of identification methods of early cognitive change in the presence of AD biomarkers.

Analysis of naturalistic speech-language samples as a means of gaining insight from subtle changes to communication in the context of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Creation of multimodal therapeutic interventions to address cognitive-communication difficulties in MCI and dementia due to neurodegenerative disease.

News from CCANDL

  • Hannah Belay Receives Poster Award

    This year, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) granted CCANDL’s Hannah Belay an award for her poster “Communication Behaviors Manifested as Episodes of Lucidity in Persons Living with Dementia: A Scoping Review”. The award is …

  • Elizabeth Evans Receives American Speech-Language Hearing Association Award

    This fall, CCANDL received exciting news from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA); Elizabeth Evans’s poster “Cookie Theft Analysis & Development of New Stimuli for Picture Description Among Diverse Populations” was granted the “Meritorious Poster …

  • CCANDL Presents at AAIC 2020

    This summer, CCANDL presented our research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). The conference, which was scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, was reorganized to be online due to COVID-19. Dr. Kimberly Mueller presented …

  • Congrats to Cassandra Peters!

    This May, CCANDL’s Cassandra Peters graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Peters graduated from the Masters of Science program in Speech Language Pathology from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. CCANDL is sad …

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