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

  • CCANDL is Hiring A Postdoc!

    Research Associate (Postdoc) Research Area: Cognition in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders Mentor: Kimberly D. Mueller, Ph.D. CCC-SLP Deadline: 2/1/2024 Start date: 4/1/2024 Position Requirements: The candidate should have completed …

  • CCANDL is Hiring!

    Exciting new job alert We are hiring a full time Research Specialist to help our team grow and further our mission to understand speech and how it is related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias! …

  • CCANDL is recruiting Ph.D. students for Fall of 2024!!

    Interested in studying communication in people at risk for or living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias? Dr. Kimberly Mueller (PI) is recruiting Ph.D. students for Fall of 2024! Please, sign up for the Ph.D. …

  • CCANDL Hosts Two High School Interns as part of Wisconsin Idea Fellowship

    Two local high school students, Aurora and Isai, joined CCANDL this summer for the “The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Internship”! During their time with the lab, they have been …

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