Institutions: Université de Montréal, École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie
Research interests: Neurophysiological bases of speech; Normal and disordered swallowing; Speech and language development; Speech motor control
David McFarland’s research focuses on neurophysiological bases of speech and swallowing function. Current projects include: investigations of conversational interaction and interpersonal synchrony; descriptions of respiratory system activity for speech; analyses of speech produced under conditions of oral-articulatory perturbations, and explorations of physiological aspects of normal and disordered swallowing. David McFarland also studies aspects of speech and anguage development development such as the role of mother-child conversational interactions in language development, and the link between developmental feeding and swalowing disorders in infancy and language development.