Down Syndrome

Our research focus/interests

Our research is focused on the understanding of early communication, spoken language, cognitive abilities, adaptive skills, and behavior of young children with Down syndrome and how these skills change over time. In the future, these measures of early communication and language skills may be useful in determining if certain medications or behavioral interventions are helpful to individuals with Down syndrome in learning to use language more effectively. 


The study is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.The study is also being conducted at the MIND Institute-University of California, Davis; at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO; and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH.


This study focuses on children between the ages of 2.5 – 7.9 years.

If you are interested participating in our research, please email Dr. Carolyn Mervis at or Dr. Angela Becerra at or call us at (502)852-4640.


For more information

If you are interested in finding out more about Down syndrome, please visit the National Down Syndrome Society website.