The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Lisa A. Goffman

Nelle C. Johnston Chair in Communication Disorders in Children

Research Interests

Integration of language and action into new accounts of developmental language disorders, including specific language impairment, speech sound disorders, and autism.

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3043
Office: CD_A113
Campus Mail Code: CD
Website: Language in Motion


Dr. Lisa Goffman studies language, speech, and motor interactions in typical and atypical language development. Recently, Dr. Goffman has identified how deficits in language (words and grammar) and action (gestures and music) in children share common underlying principles of sequential learning. These results have major implications for intervention practices. She is a Fellow of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and serves as a grant reviewer and study section chair for the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has been a journal editor and twice has received the editor’s award by the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Dr. Goffman’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Vuolo, J., & Goffman, L. (in press). Language skill mediates the relationship between language load and articulatory variability in children with language and speech sound disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Benham, S., Goffman, L., & Schweickert, R. (2018). An application of network science to phonological sequence learning in children with developmental language disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Seidl, A. Brosseau-Lapre, F., Goffman. L. (2018). The impact of brief restriction to articulation on children’s subsequent speech production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143.

Saletta, M., Goffman, L., Ward, C., & Oleson, J. (2018). Influence of language load on speech motor skill in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 675-689.

Gladfelter, A., & Goffman, L. (2017). Semantic Richness and Word Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developmental Science, 21.

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