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Faculty Liat Seiger, Ph.D.

E-mail Address: liat.seiger@lehman.cuny.edu
Phone Number: 718-960-8028
Office: Speech Building, Room 216

Rank: Associate Professor / Graduate Program Director
Degrees: Ph.D., City Univ. of New York Grad. Center

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

  • 1997 Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language, Hearing and Communication Disorders, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • 2001 Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Queens College, City University of New York
  • 2002 Master of Philosophy in Speech and Hearing Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • 2005 Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • 2004-2005 Post Doctoral Fellow, The College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Professional/Clinical Certificates

  • 2004-Present The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • 2004-Present New York State License
  • Populations work with: Children with language impairment (Specific Language Impairment-SLI)

Grants/ Honors/ Fellowships Received

  • PSC-CUNY Grant – (July 06-June 07): L. Seiger (PI). Investigated semantic processing in children with and without language impairment.
  • Shuster Fellowship – (June 06 – May 07): L. Seiger (PI). Investigated phonological processing in school-age children with and without language impairment.
  • Shuster Fellowship – (June 07 – May 08): L. Seiger (PI). Investigating semantic processing in children with and without language impairment.
  • New Century Scholars Program, the 2007 Research Grant Competition – ASHA Foundation (December 07-December 08):L. Seiger-Gardner (PI). Investigating phonological processing in preschool children with and without language impairment.
  • Faculty Development Program Award - (2009-2010): L.Seiger-Gardner (PI). The Effects of Phonologically Related Distractors on Phonological Processing in Preschool Children with Specific Language Impairment

Research Interests:

Dr. Seiger-Gardner, is an ASHA certified and New York State licensed speech-language pathologist. Her clinical and research interests focus on child language development and disorders. More specifically, in the last decade Dr. Seiger-Gardner’s research focused on word-finding difficulties in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Treating children with word–finding difficulties and considering the scarcity of remedial programs specifically aimed to treat the locus of breakdown in the lexical system that cause word-finding difficulty inspired Dr. Seiger-Gardner’s research. In multiple experiments (see attached curriculum vita), using on-line and off-line techniques, Dr. Seiger-Gardner has been examining the semantic and phonological organization of the mental lexicon in these children and the possible loci of breakdowns in lexical access and processing that may underlie word finding difficulties. Dr. Seiger-Gardner’s long term goal is to develop a better understanding of the lexical limitations of children with SLI that will allow her to construct more focused remedial programs to facilitate the word-finding difficulties and other lexical limitations they exhibit.

Publications

  • Worden, M.S., Scerif, G., Yu, J., Davidson, M., Seiger, L., & Casey, BJ (2006). Top-Down Expectancy Modulated Early Stimulus Processing to Resolve Stimulus Conflict. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 781-792.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. & Schwartz, R. G. (2008). Lexical Access during Word Production in Children with and without SLI -A Cross-Modal Picture-Word Interference Study. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 43, 528-551.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. & Brooks, P. (2008). Phonological processing of onset and rhyme-related distractors in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 51, 1263-1281.
  • Sailor, K., Brooks, P., Bruening, P., Seiger-Gardner, L., & Guterman, M. (2009). Exploring the Time Course of Semantic Interference and Associative Priming in the Picture-Word Interference Task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 789-801.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. (2008). Part 5: Research Methods in Child Language Disorders: Language Production Approaches to Child Language Disorders, The Handbook of Child Language Disorders. Editor: Schwartz, R.
  • Bernstein, D. & Seiger-Gardner, L. (2008). Chapter 5: Promoting Communication Development. An Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education: Strategies and Practices. Editor Raver, S. Seiger-Gardner, L. & Almodovar, D. (2009). Preschool Language Impairment: Characteristics, Assessment, and Intervention, Language and Communication: Disorders in Children (6th Edition). Editors: Bernstein, D. K., & Tiegerman- Farber, E.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. (2009). Children with Language Impairment. Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications. Editors: Shulman, B. & Capone, N.
  • Brooks, P. & Seiger-Gardner, L. (2009). The Development of Grammar. Language Development: Foundations, Processes, and Clinical Applications. Editors: Shulman, B. & Capone, N.
  • Almodovar, D., Seiger-Gardner, L. & Bernstein, D. (2010). Assessment of Language Disorders. Guide to Diagnostic Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech/Language Pathology. Delmar: Clifton Park, NY.
  • Almodovar-Salinas, D., Seiger-Gardner, L., & Bernstein, D. (2011). Assessment of Preschool Language
  • Disorders. In Guide to Diagnostic Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech Language Pathology. Editors: Stein, C. & Fabus, R. Delmar Publishing.
  • Brooks, P., Seiger-Gardner, L. & Sailor, K. (2012). Contrasting Effects of Associates and Coordinates in Children With and Without Language Impairment: A Picture-Word Interference Study. Applied Psycholinguistics.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. (2013). Language impairment in Children. Language Development: Foundations,
    Processes, and Clinical Applications 2nd Edition. Editors: Shulman, B. & Capone, N.
    Seiger-Gardner, L.& Almodovar, D. (in print, 2015). Research Methods in Child Language Disorders: Language Production Approaches to Child Language Disorders, The Handbook of Child Language Disorders. Editor: Schwartz, R.

Presentations

  • Worden, M. S., Scerif, G., Yu, J., Davidson, M., Seiger, L., & Casey, BJ (2004). Top-Down Expectancy Modulated Early Stimulus Processing to Resolve Stimulus Conflict. Poster presented at the 2004 meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco.
  • Seiger, L. & Schwartz, R. (2005). Lexical Access in School-Aged Children with and without Specific Language Impairment. Poster presented at the 10th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Berlin, Germany.
  • Seiger, L. & Schwartz, R. (2005). Semantic and Phonological Processing During Language Production in SLI. Poster presented at the 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.
  • Seiger, L., Brooks P., Sailor, K., Bruening, P. (2005). Semantic Processing during Language Production in Typically Developing Children. Poster to be presented at the 10th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Berlin, Germany.
  • Schwartz, R.G., Hestvik, A., Swinney, D., Seiger, L., Almodovar, D., & Asay, S. (2005). Anaphoric Processing in Children with Specific Language impairment. Poster to be presented at the 10th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Berlin, Germany.
  • Victorino, K. ,Seiger, L., & Schwartz, R. (2005). Nonword Repetition in 7-10 year-old Children: Indicative of Language Impairment? Poster presented at the 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.
  • Battaglia, D. ,Seiger, L., & Schwartz, R.(2005). Semantic Organization of the Mental Lexicon in Children with Autism. Poster presented at the 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.
  • Schwartz, R.G., Hestvik, A., Swinney, D., Seiger, L., Almodovar, D., & Asay, S. (2005). The Processing of Pronouns & Reflexives in Children with SLI. Poster presented at the 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego.
  • Seiger, L. Brooks, P. J., Sailor, K., & Bruening, P. R. (2006). Contrasting Effects of Semantic Associates and Coordinates in Picture Naming: A Developmental Study of Cross-Modal Picture-Word Interference. Poster presented at the 2006 Workshop on On-Line Methods in Children's Language Processing, New York, NY.
  • Schwartz, R.G., Hestvik, A., Swinney, D., Seiger, L., Almodovar, D., & Asay, S. (2006). Processing Long-Distance Grammatical Relationships in Children With SLI. Poster presented at the 2006 Workshop on On-Line Methods in Children's Language Processing, New York, NY.
  • Brooks, P., Sailor, K., Bruening P., Seiger, L., Guterman, M., Russo, S., & Nobles, K. (2006). Exploring the Time Course of Associative Priming and Semantic Interference in Picture Naming. Poster presented at the American Psychological Society, New York, NY.
  • Seiger, L. (2006). Word-Finding Difficulties in Children with Specific Language Impairment. A talk given in the Long Island Speech, Language & Hearing Association.
  • Seiger, L., Brooks, P., & Cadavid, M. (2006). Effects of Onset & Rhyme-Distractors on Phonological Processing in SLI. Poster presented at the 2006 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Miami.
  • Victorino, K. ,Seiger-Gardner, L., & Schwartz, R. (2007). Nonword Repetition in SLI: Performance as a Function of Age. Poster presented at the 2007 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L., Brooks, P. & Cadavid, M., (2007). Semantic Organization of the Lexicon in Children with SLI. Poster presented at the 2007 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. & Brooks, P. (2008). Phonological Priming in Children with Specific Language Impairment: Evidence from the cross-modal picture-word interference paradigm. Poster to be presented at the 11th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Newmayer, C., Valnecia, C., Seiger-Gardner, L., Brooks, P., & Sailor, K. (2008). Effects of Coordinate- & Associate-Distractors on Semantic Processing in SLI. Poster to be presented at the 2008 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago.
  • Seiger-Gardner, L. Lexical access in children with and without SLI. A talk given at Lehman College as part of Faculty Work in Progress Series – Spring 2010.

Courses Taught

  • SPE721: Early Childhood Language Disorders
  • SPE729: Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SPV326: Speech Pathology I: Functional Disorders
  • SPE700: Introduction to Research Methods
  • SPV 221: Language Acquisition