Dr. Patrizia Bonaventura a speech scientist and phonetician, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences, with a secondary appointment in Cognitive Sciences. She teaches courses in phonetics and phonology, speech science, articulatory and phonological disorders, linguistics, instrumental measurements and research methods. Dr. Bonaventura has previously worked on phonetic modeling for speech synthesis and recognition; her current research focuses on speech disorders that affect coordination of articulatory organs, on biomechanics of tongue movements in deglutition and on affective, cognitive and linguistic factors that impact on the production of prosody. She directs the CWRU Cognitive Phonetics Lab (CCPL) and the Laboratory for Applied Research in Cognitive Semiotics (LARCS).
Lauren Miller is a CASE undergraduate student with a speech pathology major and plans to graduate in 2010. After graduation she hopes to work as an SLP in the greater Philadelphia area. Lauren got an Experiential Learning Grant from CASE, which gave her the opportunity to travel to the Clinic CRC, in Rome, Italy, affiliated with the COSI Department, and had the chance to attend speech therapy sessions, so getting professional experience in multicultural approaches to speech therapy. (See Lauren's impressions on Students grants page) In CSPL, Lauren works on analysis of acoustic data from Italian speaking children in normal development.