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Truman Coggins, Ph.D.

Professor of Speech & Hearing Sciences
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
tec@uw.edu
206-685-2999
University of Washington
Box 354875
Seattle, WA 98195-4875

Dr. Coggins

Dr. Coggins’s research examines children’s uses of language and social contexts.  Because language is both interactive and dynamic, it must be examined in conditions that reflect different environmental demands and processing constraints.  Only in this way can variability in the linguistic and social performances of children be reconciled with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Coggins’s primary area of inquiry is the linguistic and social communicative abilities of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).  This research program explores whether children with significant prenatal alcohol exposure are aware of the rules and regularities that govern the use of language in different situational contexts.  The goal of the research is to understand the complex relationship among environmental demands, language performance, and social problems.


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