Richard G. Schwartz is the director of the Developmental Language Laboratory at the Graduate Center. His primary research interests are language processing (sentence processing and lexical access) and related cognitive processes in various populations of children with language impairments. The children he studies include children with specific language impairment, children with autism spectrum disorders, and children with cochlear implants in English and other languages. His research examines the behavioral and neurobiological bases of these disorders.
Schwartz is also the director of the Language and Hearing Research Laboratory at the Ear Institute of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, where his study on “Language Processing in Children with Cochlear Implants” received a five-year $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2010. He is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Schwartz has published widely on speech and language disorders in children in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has contributed numerous chapters in academic textbooks and monographs, and has served as the editor of the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. He is the editor of the Handbook of Child Language Disorders published by Psychology Press. He also has served as the chair or organizer of numerous national and international conferences. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the NIH since 1979. He received his Ph.D. in speech pathology and developmental psychology from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) in 1978.