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Carol Miller
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Linguistics

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Pennsylvania State University
404K Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-6213
Fax: (814) 863-3759
E-mail: cam47@psu.edu

Lab Affiliation: Child Language Development Laboratory

Research Interests:

Typical and atypical language development; children with specific language impairment; cognitive processes in communication disorders, with emphasis on processing speed, memory, attention, and perceptual processing in children and adults with language disorders; relationships between language and social cognition in young children.

Research Opportunities:

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to work in my laboratory as volunteers or in independent study; some limited hourly wages may be available. Assistance is often needed in the summer. Students may be involved in collection, coding, or analysis of data from current research projects.


Recent Publications:

Poll, G.H., Miller, C.A., & van Hell, J. (submitted). Evidence of compensatory processing in adults with specific language impairment: Testing the predictions of the procedural deficit hypothesis. Journal of Communication Disorders.

Park, J., Miller, C.A., & Mainela-Arnold, E. (submitted). Processing speed measures as clinical markers for children with SLI. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Park, J., Mainela-Arnold, E., & Miller, C.A. (in press). Information processing speed as a predictor of IQ in children with and without specific language impairment in grades 3 and 8. Journal of Communication Disorders.

Poll, G.H., Watkins, H., & Miller, C.A. (in press). Lexical decay during online sentence processing in adults with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-L-13-0265

Poll, G.H., & Miller, C.A. (2013). Late talking, typical talking, and weak language skills at middle childhood. Learning and Individual Differences. 26, 177-184. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2013.01.008

Poll, G.H., Miller, C.A., Mainela-Arnold, E., Donnelly Adams, K., Misra, M., & Park, J. (2013). Effects of children’s working memory capacity and processing speed on their sentence imitation performance. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 48(3), 329-342. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12014

Mason, L.H., Dunn Davison, M., Scheffner Hammer, C., Miller, C.A., & Glutting, J.J. (2013). Knowledge, writing, and language outcomes for a reading comprehension and writing intervention. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 26, 1133-1158. doi: 10.1007/s11145-012-9409-0

Mainela-Arnold, E., Misra, M., Miller, C., Poll, G.H., & Park, J. (2012). Investigating sentence processing and language segmentation in explaining children’s performance on a sentence-span task. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47(2), 166-175.

Miller, C.A., & Wagstaff, D.A. (2011). Behavioral profiles associated with auditory processing disorder and specific language impairment. Journal of Communication Disorders, 44, 745-763.

Miller, C.A. (2011). Auditory processing theories of language disorders: Past, present, and future. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 42, 309-319.

Poll, G., Betz, S., & Miller, C. (2010). Identification of clinical markers of specific language impairment in adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53, 414-429.

Miller, C.A., & Poll, G.H. (2009). Response time in adults with a history of language difficulties. Journal of Communication Disorders, 42, 365-379.

Leonard, L.B., Miller, C.A., & Finneran, D.A. (2009). Grammatical morpheme effects on sentence processing by school-aged adolescents with specific language impairment. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24(3), 450-478.

Finneran, D.A., Leonard, L.B., and Miller, C.A. (2009). Speech disruptions in the sentence formulation of school-age children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 44(3), 271-286.

Miller, C.A., Leonard, L.B., and Finneran, D. (2008). Grammaticality judgments in adolescents with and without language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.

Leonard, L.B., Ellis Weismer, S., Miller, C.A., Francis, D.J., Tomblin, J.B., Kail, R.V. (2007). Speed of processing, working memory, and language impairment in children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50, 408-428.

Miller, C.A. (2007). [Review of the book A glossary of morphology]. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 21(4), 319-320.

Miller, C.A., Leonard, L.B., Kail, R.V., Zhang, X., Tomblin, J.B., and Francis, D. (2006). Response time in fourteen-year-olds with language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49(4), 712-728.

Miller, C.A. (2006). Developmental relationships between language and theory of mind. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15, 142-154.

Miller, C.A., and Deevy, P. (2006). Structural priming in children with and without specific language impairment. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 20(5), 387-399.

Kail, R.V., and Miller, C.A. (2006). Developmental change in processing speed: Domain specificity and stability. Journal of Cognition and Development, 7(1), 119-137.

Miller, C.A., Uhring, E.A., Brown, J.J.C., Kowalski, E.M., Roberts, B., and Schaefer, B.A. (2005). Case studies of auditory training for children with auditory processing difficulties: A preliminary analysis. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 32, 93-107.

Miller, C.A., and Verrilli, S. (2005). Case studies of sentence complement training and false belief performance. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Miller, C.A. (2004) False belief and sentence complement performance in children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 39, 191-213.

Miller, C.A., and Deevy, P. (2003). A method for examining productivity of grammatical morphology in children with and without specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 46 1154-1165.

Leonard, L.B., Deevy, P., Miller, C.A., Charest, M., Kurtz, R., and Rauf, L. (2003). The use of grammatical morphemes reflecting aspect and modality by children with specific language impairment. Journal of Child Language, 30, 769-795.

Leonard, L.B., Deevy, P., Miller, C.A., Rauf, L., Gerber, E., Charest, M., and Kurtz, R. (2003). Surface forms and grammatical functions: Past tense and passive participle use by children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 46, 43-55.

Leonard, L.B., Miller, C.A., Deevy, P., Rauf, L., Gerber, E., and Charest, M. (2002). Production operations and the use of nonfinite verbs by children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 45, 744-758.

Catts, H.W., Gillispie, M., Leonard, L.B., Kail, R.V., and Miller, C.A. (2002). The role of speed of processing, rapid naming, and phonological awareness in reading achievement. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 35, 509-524.

Miller, C. A., Kail, R., Leonard, L. B., and Tomblin, J. B. (2001). Speed of processing in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 44, 416-433.

Miller, C. A. (2001). False belief understanding in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Communication Disorders, 34(1/2), 73-86.

Current Grants:

Level 1 grant from the PSU Children, Youth and Families Consortium. "The role of nonlinguistic cognitive abilities in typical and atypical language development in monolingual and bilingual children." C. Miller, PI. Co-investigators: E. Mainela-Arnold, University of Toronto; D. Rosenbaum, J. van Hell, D. Weiss, Penn State.
Dates: 1/1/2013 - 12/30/2013
Amount: $5287.20