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

  • Presentation with Wisconsin ADRC

    At a recent “Healthy Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment” class, Dr. Kimberly Mueller described how enhancing cognitive and social engagement can positively influence cognition and quality of life. The YouTube video can be found here: …

  • Lab Member Receives Friends of WSHA Scholarship

          Lab member Cassandra Peters received the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association’s Friends of WSHA Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to one chosen graduate student in the field of speech-language pathology or …

  • CCANDL Members Join Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    Members of CCANDL raised awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care by walking in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It was a great day to come together and show our support for a wonderful …

  • Saturday Training Day

    CCANDL lab members gave up a Saturday morning to work on speech/language transcription training. Elizabeth Villanueva, MS CFY-SLP and Erin Hackett, MS CFY-SLP expertly crafted and ran this training day.

  • CCANDL Project Awarded Funding from ADRC

    This August, CCANDL received exciting news from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). The Wisconsin ADRC announced the two projects it would award funding to for its Developmental Project award, and one of CCANDL’s …

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