Carl Coelho, PhD

Professor, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research has been focused on examining the outcomes of TBI. One of the primary long-term deficits following TBI involves language use or pragmatics. These impairments may be subtle or severe but often impede the development and maintenance of meaningful social relationships. To gain a better understanding of how diffuse and focal brain damage disrupts such language processes we have examined discourse. Studying pragmatics at the level of discourse considers both linguistic and cognitive influences and how these components are integrated for successful social interactions. Past projects involved data gathered during the Viet Nam Head Injury study, a 40-year longitudinal study of a cohort of 1200 survivors of severe head wounds. The main source of data for current studies will come from my collaboration with the Natural History Protocol, a 15-year longitudinal study of TBI being conducted at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Future projects include examining the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on communication following TBI, as well as development of efficient assessment tools and intervention strategies.


BA, 1974, Audiology & Speech Sciences, Michigan State University
MS, 1976, Speech Pathology, University of Arizona
PhD, 1982, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Connecticut

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
850 Bolton Road, Unit 1085
Storrs, 02629-1085