Carol A. Miller, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

404K Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-8133


Ph.D (Psychology), University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Research Interests

My research interests are focused around typical and atypical language development, particularly children with specific language impairment; cognitive processes in communication disorders, with emphasis on speed of processing and working memory in children and adults with language disorders; and bilingual language development. I use behavioral and electrophysiological methods. Member of the Center for Language Science.

Examples of Collaborative Projects

Statistical learning ability as an indicator of individual differences in dual language development. This project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, investigates whether statistical learning tasks could aid in diagnosis of language disorders in bilingual children. Collaborators: Luigi Girolametto (PI, University of Toronto, Canada); Elina Mainela-Arnold (University of Turku, Finland); Janet van Hell & Daniel Weiss (Penn State); David Haffner (Toronto District School Board, Canada).

Selected Publications

Poll, G.H., Burke, L., Miller, C.A., & Fiene, J. (available online 2016). Prognostic indicators: Predicting degree of change from interventions for adolescents at risk for language weakness. Communication Disorders Quarterly. doi: 0.1177/1525740116679887

Poll, G.H., Miller, C.A., & van Hell, J.G. (2016). Sentence repetition accuracy in adults with developmental language impairment: Interactions of participant capacities and sentence structures. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 302-316. doi: 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-15-0020.

Park, J., Miller, C.A., & Mainela-Arnold, E. (2015). Processing speed measures as clinical markers for children with SLI. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 954-960.

Poll, G.H., Miller, C.A., & van Hell, J. (2015). Evidence of compensatory processing in adults with specific language impairment: Testing the predictions of the procedural deficit hypothesis. Journal of Communication Disorders, 53, 84-102.

Botezatu, M.R., Miller, C.A., & Misra, M. (2015). An ERP study of visual rhyming effects in native and non-native English speakers. Neuroreport, 26, 118-123.

Park, J., Mainela-Arnold, E., & Miller, C.A. (2015). Information processing speed as a predictor of IQ in children with and without specific language impairment in grades 3 and 8. Journal of Communication Disorders, 53, 57-69.

Poll, G.H., Watkins, H., & Miller, C.A. (2014). Lexical decay during online sentence processing in adults with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 2253-2260. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-L-13-0265

Poll, G.H., & Miller, C.A. (2013). Late talking, typical talking, and weak language skills at middle childhood. Learning and Individual Differences, 26, 177-184. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2013.01.008

Poll, G.H., Miller, C.A., Mainela-Arnold, E., Donnelly Adams, K., Misra, M., & Park, J. (2013). Effects of children’s working memory capacity and processing speed on their sentence imitation performance. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 48(3), 329-342. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12014

Mason, L.H., Dunn Davison, M., Scheffner Hammer, C., Miller, C.A., & Glutting, J.J. (2013). Knowledge, writing, and language outcomes for a reading comprehension and writing intervention. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26, 1133-1158. doi: 10.1007/s11145-012-9409-0

Courses Taught

CSD 300 Developmental Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders

CSD 500 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Strategic Themes

  • Populations of Special Interest