Imaging & Communication Outcomes Lab

  • iCO
  • Research Lab
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What We Do

The Imaging & Communication Outcomes Lab, under the direction of Kazlin Mason, PhD CCC-SLP, is dedicated to improving speech, resonance, and feeding outcomes for individuals born with craniofacial differences.  

Our methodologies integrate imaging technology (MRI and fNIRS), 3D computer visualization, machine learning, predictive analytics, and acoustic and aerodynamic data. These techniques allow us to examine the anatomy and physiology of the speech, swallowing, and velopharyngeal mechanisms which serve to inform clinical practice and support evidence-based interventions for this population. 

Our Partners

The lab is excited to offer research opportunities to undergraduate students in CSD and graduate students in the masters and doctoral degree programs in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Our lab frequently collaborates with colleagues across the University of Virginia, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, Sheila C. Johnson Center, UVAHealth, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Craniofacial Disorders the International Cleft Collective. 

Participate in a Research Study

Are you interested in participating in one of our studies? If so, please navigate to the link below and complete the form to let us know which study you’d like to join! Thank you for your interest! 
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Prospective Collaborators

Nearly all of our projects are conducted with one or more collaborators, both within and outside the field of speech pathology. We have found that projects are strengthened when intellectual and resource contributions come from multiple disciplines. If you are interested in collaborating or just want to find out more about our research, please contact the lab director. 

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Lab Director

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Kazlin Mason

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of the Imaging and Communication Outcomes Lab

Current Projects

Anatomy & Physiology of the Vocal Tract, Velopharynx, and Clefting

Quantifying the Anatomy & Physiology of the Vocal Tract, Velopharynx, and Clefting

Surgical Outcomes for Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

Assessing anatomic predictors for surgical outcomes in patients with velopharyngeal dysfunction using advanced imaging modalities

Compensatory Articulation & Brain Imaging

Using functional imaging to assess anatomy & neurophysiology of compensatory articulation error production

Computational Modeling

Collaborative development of computational models for surgical success

Clinical Outcomes Assessment

Center-wide and multi-site analyses of clinical outcomes

Featured Publications

Our lab's publications can be found on our external website.

Prospective Students


The iCo Lab has been supported by the following funding mechanisms:

Service Initiatives

Local, state, national, and international educational outreach and service is an integral part of our lab’s mission. The lab supports and organizes a number of opportunities for UVA students to use their knowledge and skills to make a difference in our community, local organizations across Virginia and the United States, and abroad.

Volunteer Internationally

Our lab frequently travels on short-term mission trips to developing countries where we have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. We complete evaluations of velopharyngeal function, provide input regarding which patients are optimal candidates for primary and secondary surgeries and are heavily involved in patient/family education. If you are interested in traveling with us on an upcoming mission, please contact the lab director.

Students may have the opportunity to travel with Dr. Mason through a competitive application process.

Participate in World Voice Day

Each April, our lab participates in collaborative World Voice Day events. World Voice Day is an annual event that is devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice throughout the world. The aim of this initiative is to demonstrate the enormous importance of the voice in the daily lives of all people. Our lab is involved in coordinating informational, educational, and outreach events in collaboration with the UVA community, UVA Health Voice & Swallowing Center, UVA NSSLHA Chapter, and the Communication Sciences & Disorders program. Please reach out to Dr. Mason if you would like to participate in any events or have ideas for events.

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