Congratulations to the Classes of 2022!

By Helen Gray-BauerJune 1st, 2022

A couple weeks ago, the Boston University community paused to celebrate the graduates of 2022. Congratulations to our lab members graduating from the MS-SLP program and undergraduate programs in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Linguistics!

We are excited to share in celebrating your accomplishments and are thankful to have been a small part of your journey at BU. We are immensely grateful for your contributions to our lab and wish you the best of luck on your next adventures!

Graduating senior, Ione, pictured wearing black graduation cap and red gown. She is holding a bouquet of orange, white, and green flowers and smiling.



Professor Jennifer Zuk Receives Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

By Jennifer M. ZukMay 31st, 2022

It is truly a privilege and honor to receive the Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. With this award, we are thrilled to expand our research program to study verbal communication abilities among children with autism, thanks to the support of the Hartwell Foundation. Stay tuned for more on this coming soon!

Professor Jennifer Zuk Receives Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

Congratulations to our 1st Master’s thesis student!

By Jennifer M. ZukMay 31st, 2022

Congratulations to Hannah Stetson on a wonderfully successful Master's thesis defense of her project, "Parent-child conversational interactions during shared book reading in toddlerhood in relation to child language status." This is the first thesis defense in our lab (!), and led Hannah to earn her Master's degree and embark on her profession in clinical speech-language pathology!

Highlights of Fall 2021

By Jennifer M. ZukJanuary 20th, 2022
Happy new year! As we welcome 2022, our lab has been joyfully reflecting on the milestone accomplishments of multiple lab members in Fall 2021:
Ione Madsen Hardy, a senior in Linguistics and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Boston University, presented her summer research project at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Symposium, with a poster entitled: Building prosodic profiles for pediatric autism spectrum disorder and developmental language disorder.
Kelsey Davison, PhD student in the Communication and Neurodevelopment Lab, was awarded the Paula Menyuk Award from the Boston University Conference on Language Development for having one of the highest-rated student research submissions for a project, in collaboration with Dr. Nadine Gaab at Harvard University, entitled: Associations between shared book reading at home and white matter organization in kindergarten in relation to subsequent language and reading abilities.
Our Lab Director, Dr. Jennifer Zuk, had a remarkable experience reuniting with close colleagues and academic family at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in DC, where she had the honor of receiving the association's Early Career Contributions in Research Award. With immense gratitude for these milestones, we look ahead in great anticipation and excitement for all that 2022 has in store for us!

Dr. Jennifer Zuk’s ASHA Early Career Contributions in Research Award!

By Ione Madsen HardyOctober 4th, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that our lab director, Dr. Jennifer Zuk, has been awarded the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Early Career Contributions in Research Award! This award is granted annually to individuals who have made significant scientific contributions to the field within five years of earning a doctoral degree. Dr. Zuk's award will be formally presented at the 2021 ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C. this November.

Sargent College's announcement with more information can be found here.

Gratitude for our Visiting PhD Students from University of Houston

By Jennifer M. ZukSeptember 22nd, 2021

We have been fortunate to host two visiting PhD students from the University of Houston this past summer: Juliana Ronderos, rising 5th year student, dedicated her summer to brain-behavior analyses to investigate relationships between white matter brain structure and language/reading abilities among bilingual children using a large-scale NIH open source dataset. Michelle Hernandez, rising 2nd year student, spent her summer contributing to retrospective analysis of speech prosody among children with autism spectrum disorder in collaboration with Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, Dr. John Gabrieli, and Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel.

We are filled with gratitude for the investment of their time and efforts, and we missing the vibrant energy and enthusiasm these two brought to our lab environment! Wishing them both the best of luck with their return to Houston, and looking forward to their next visit to Boston as we continue to collaborate in the meantime.

Our lab meetings: from the zoom room to finally in person!

By Jennifer M. ZukJune 25th, 2021

It has been remarkable to build our community and research program exclusively in a remote capacity throughout the Fall and Spring semester. After months and months of Zoom lab meetings...

What a joy and gift to finally gain the opportunity to hold our first lab meeting in person!

Very thankful to have such a vibrant and dedicated team as we embark on our first summer of the Communication and Neurodevelopment Lab. Excited to see what we discover and accomplish together!

Spring 2021: Lab construction is complete!

By Jennifer M. ZukJune 17th, 2021

We are beyond thrilled to share a glimpse at our newly renovated lab space! After months of lab design and construction (in every aspect!), it is exciting to officially start settling into the newly established Communication and Neurodevelopment Lab here at Boston University. It is exhilarating to envision the innovation, discovery, connection, and collaboration that will take place in this space!