Christine Weber

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Language Processing utilizing event-related brain potentials (ERPs)
  • Typical and Disordered Language processing in children
  • Utilizing a combined approach of neurophyisiological and clinical indices to better understand  how the brain functions for language processing in typical and disordered development


Chris Weber is the director of the Neural Systems for Language Processing Lab. Her research program examines neural systems for language processing in typically developing children and adults, and in children with communication disorders, including those who stutter or who have language impairment. Her research approach utilizes measures of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) combined with behavioral measures of accuracy and reaction time, as well as, clinical measures of speech, language, and cognitive proficiencies.

Dr. Weber has published numerous papers on the neural functions for language processing in children and adults who stutter.  Her most recent findings indicate that specific aspects of language processing may help distinguish young children who stutter who eventually recover from stuttering from those who go on to persist.  These findings, along with clinical and other indices help to better understand which children may be at greatest risk for developing chronic stuttering.

Along with Dr. Anne Smith, Dr. Weber is a Co-Director of the Purdue Stuttering Project. With their team, they have been studying preschoolers who stutter across language, motor, and emotional domains utilizing both physiological and clinical measures.

Recent Publications:

Gerwin, K., Brosseau-Lapre, F., Brown, B. Christ, S., & Weber, C. (In Press). Rhyme production strategies distinguish stuttering recovery and persistence. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences.

PHaebig, E., Leonard, L.B., Deevy, P., Karpicke, J., Christ, S., Usler, E., Kueser, J., Souto, S., Krok, W., & Weber, C., (2019). Retrieval-based word learning in young typically developing children and children with developmental language disorder II: A comparison of retrieval schedules.  Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, 62, 944-96/

Mohan, R., & Weber, C. (2018). Neural activity reveals effects of aging on inhibitory processes during word retrieval, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, DOI:10.1080/13825585.2018.1519105

Smith, A., & Weber, C., (2017). How stuttering develops: The Multifactorial Dynamic Pathways theory. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, 60, 2483-2505, doi: 10.1044/2017-JSLHR-S-16-0343.

Usler, E., Smith, A., & Weber, C. (2017).  A lag in speech motor coordination during sentence production is associated with stuttering persistence in young children. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, 60, 51-61. Doi: 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-D-15-0367.


Christine Weber
Faculty Associate:  
Center on Aging and the Life Course

Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3126
Phone: 765-494-3819
Purdue Stuttering Project

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