Sunday, February 21, 2016

ASU College of Health Solutions: Speech/Language Genetics Lab Research

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About Dr. Peter

Beate Peter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, C Stat Gen, joined the faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University as Assistant Professor in August 2014. She is Affiliate Assistant Professor in the University of Washington's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, where she was Research Assistant Professor from 2012 to 2014. In October 2014, she was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, where she regularly teaches an introductory genetics course for speech-language pathology graduate students and practicing clinicians.


Dr. Peter hypothesizes that reading disorders result from biologically based interferences with information transfer in the brain and that these interferences can be documented across many modalities and measures including EEG, ABR, MRI, and behavioral measures. She and her collaborators are currently collecting pilot data toward an extensive, multidisciplinary study of dyslexia where convergent evidence from the diverse measures will be evaluated for its genetic etiology. Findings from the Peter lab's study of childhood apraxia of speech are providing motivation to investigate sequential processing in dyslexia. Results from behavioral testing are consistent with the hypothesis that a deficit in rapid sequential processing underlies both childhood apraxia of speech and dyslexia. This may explain why many children with childhood apraxia of speech have difficulty learning to read and spell and, conversely, why individuals with dyslexia have difficulty with complex speech tasks.

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