Led by Dr. Marie Channell, the IDCL aims to better understand how individuals with different types of intellectual disability learn to communicate. Our overarching goal is to characterize the development of skills that support everyday communication in these individuals so that we can identify optimal strategies for supporting their social and academic success.


Lab News and Activities

Melissa Bruce Receives ASHA 2021 SPARC Award

Senior Melissa Bruce has been selected for the Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This award supports her undergraduate thesis research on how young children talk about people’s thoughts, feelings, and other mental states during narrative storytelling. Congratulations, Melissa!

Rebekah Bosley Named LEND Fellow

Congratulations to PhD student Rebekah Bosley for being named one of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellows for the 2021-2022 school year! The Illinois LEND program includes allied health professionals, self-advocates, and family members to advance healthcare delivery by fostering community-based partnerships and enhancing cultural competence through family-centered care. Congratulations, Beka!

Undergraduate Student Awards

Congratulations to two of our lab’s undergraduate students who were presented with 2021 SHS Student Awards! Melissa Bruce received the Joan Good Erickson Scholarship, and Nadia Hernandez received the Barbara Williams Hodson Scholarship.

Dr. Channell Featured on Podcast

Dr. Channell was recently featured on the College of Applied Health Sciences “A Few Minutes With…” podcast series. Listen to her explain some of the lab’s recent work.

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