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COR Mission Statement

The COR mission is to advance rehabilitation science in two areas: 1) translation of evidence-based treatments into practical treatments clinicians can use and 2) development of treatment outcome measurements that are efficient and precise. We aim to serve adults with communication disorders that have resulted from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.

In addition, we aim to provide research training opportunities to students at all levels of their studies--Undergraduates, M.A. students, and PhD students--interested in adult acquired communication disorders.



Contact Information

Neila Donovan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Louisiana State University
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Director, Communication Outcomes Research Laboratory
Director of Community Outreach, LSU Life Course and Aging  Center
72 Hatcher Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Tel: 225-578-3938
Fax: 225-578-2995


Communications Outcomes Research Lab of LSU









Multidisciplinary Research

Multidisciplinary research is the core of the COR.  Through Dr. Donovan's affiliation with the LSU Life Course and Aging Center we have the capability to collaborate with over 100 researchers from various universities throughout the state. 


In 2014, we established a new multidisciplinary collaboration with the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Traffic Resiliency (a collaborative effort between LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the University of New Orleans' Department of Planning and Urban Studies), titled "Road Sign Recognition During Computer Testing versus Driving Simulator Performance Stroke and Stroke+Aphasia Groups"


National Collaborations


Dr. Donovan has collaborated with researchers from several other universities including: University of Florida, University of Washington, University of South Carolina, Southeastern Louisiana University, and the VA Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center in Pittsburgh, PA.