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Child Language and Literacy Lab

The CHILD LANGUAGE AND LITERACY LAB focuses on the study of language and literacy acquisition in children with typical as well as atypical development. In our research we seek to better understand the language and literacy difficulties of children and to devise and test new methods of instruction and intervention to improve the language and literacy skills of all children. A better understanding of typical language and literacy development informs our explorations of language and literacy learning difficulties. In our training program, we develop graduate students' abilities to conduct language and literacy research and provide evidence-based language and literacy intervention and instruction.

For more information, please contact:

Melanie Schuele, PhD at 615-936-5256 or



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$10 Million Grant Awarded to Establish A3 Research Center

CLL Lab Director, Dr. C. Melanie Schuele, is part of a team of six professors who were recently awarded a ten million dollar grant to establish an Accelerated Academic Achievement (A3) Research Center, which develop new math and reading strategies aimed improving the academic success of children with learning disabilities.  The five-year grant, awarded by The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), "will enable the researchers to study instructional programs targeting students with the most severe learning disabilities in grades 3 to 5."  For more information about the grant and the research Dr. Schuele and her colleagues will be conducting, please click HERE.


CLL Lab High School Mentees Receive Honors

Avinaash Korrapati, who participated work in the lab in the summer of 2012 through Vanderbilt's Research Experience for High School Students program, was recently recognized with a Meritorious Poster Submission honor by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  His poster, entitled "Visual Attention to Print During Storybook Reading in Preschool Children With & Without Hearing Loss," resulted from his work in the CLL lab under the mentorship of Krystal Werfel.

This January, Natalie O'Dell, a graduating senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, was named a Semifinalist in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search.  A member of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), Natalie worked with the Child Language and Literacy Lab throughout 2013 under the mentorship of Brian Weiler. Natalie's project was entitled,  “Explicit Phonemic Awareness of Adolescents: Skills at Baseline and Following a Brief Intervention.”

Dr. Schuele and the Child Language and Literacy Lab are delighted to celebrate these accomplishments, and to have helped shape the work of these promising young scholars.