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

Gerken, L., Plante, E., & Goffman, L. (2021). Not all procedural learning tasks are difficult for adults with developmental language disorder Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Vuolo, J., & Goffman, L. (2020). Vowel accuracy and segmental variability differentiate children with developmental language disorder in nonword repetition. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63, 3945-3960.

Benham, S., & Goffman, L. (2020). Lexical-Semantic Cues Induce Sound Pattern Stability in Children with Developmental Language Disorder, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63, 4109-4126.

McGregor, K. K., Goffman, L., Van Horne, A. O., Hogan, T. P., & Finestack, L. H. (2020). Developmental language disorder: Implications for advocacy, research, and clinical services. Perspectives.

Goffman, L., & Gerken, L. (2020). An alternative to the procedural-declarative memory account of developmental language disorder. Journal of Communication Disorders, 83, PMID:31669877.

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