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.

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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

  • Erin Bruehlman Awarded Sustainability Grant

    CCANDL’s very own Erin Bruehlman (alongside Audiology doctoral student Felicia Herlevi) received an $8,000 award from the UW-Madison Green Fund Program! Their application explored the effects of direct light and calculated solar heat gain impacts …

  • Madeline Hale Receives 2022 Emma Allen Fellowship Award

    CCANDL lab member, Madeline Hale, is a recipient of the 2022 Emma Allen Fellowship Award. This fellowship is awarded annually by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to fund up to $1,000 for research …

  • Madeline Hale Receives 2021 NSSLHA ASHFoundation Graduate Student Scholarship

    Madeline was one of 3 students to receive the NSSLHA endowed scholarship this year. This scholarship was created specifically for undergraduate senior students with active National NSSLHA memberships who would be entering graduate study in …

  • CCANDL Is Officially Green Lab Certified!

    CCANDL is excited to announce that it is now Green Lab certified! Over the summer of 2021, the lab assessed its energy use, waste streams, and purchasing. Then it implemented many different tools and shared …

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