Jungjun Park, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

Jungjun Park, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Associate Chair and Associate Professor
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Associate Chair, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Jungjun Park is an Associate Professor and serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since Dr. Park joined Baylor CSD in 2008, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of anatomy and physiology, aphasiology, neurology and instrumentations, language development, and multicultural issues in speech-language pathology. Dr. Park is a member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the ASHA.

Education

  • B.A. (Linguistics), Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)
  • M.A. (Linguistics), Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea)
  • Ph.D. (Communication Disorders), University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

Background

Dr. Park joined our faculty in August 2008, after obtaining his doctoral degree at the University of Florida. Dr. Jungjun Park grew up in South Korea and came to the U.S. in 2001. Less commonly, Dr. Park was a doctoral candidate in linguistics when he changed his major into speech-language pathology after his mother got a stroke-induced language disorder. Since then, Dr. Park's life mission has been to use his academic expertise and experience to gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of language processing and help people with communication disorders to live a better life.

In his spare time, Dr. Park loves to enjoy the peacefulness and serenity of nearby rivers and creeks with his family. His favorite bible verse is the one about how God orchestrates the world and everything in the lives of His children in spite of our limits and weakness (Romans 8:28).

Research Areas

Dr. Park is a clinically-trained scientist and directs the Baylor Adult Neurogenic Disorders (BANDA) Lab. He has been involved in a Parkinson research project as a Visiting Researcher at the Division of Neuropsychology of the Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, TX since spring 2019. Dr. Park’s primary research specializes in understanding the neuropsychological and psycholinguistic characteristic of communication difficulties experienced by adults with normal aging process or a range of neurodegenerative conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia.  

Dr. Park’s current research project with Parkinson’s patients is particularly concerned with the longitudinal impact of Parkinson’s disease on cognitive and linguistic declines and investigating associated cerebral hemodynamic correlates as measured by the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology. Another emerging line of research focuses on developing or utilizing innovative clinical methodologies such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) systems, interactive metronome approaches, and various app-based interventive approaches to see if they are suitable for increasing overall linguistic and cognitive profiles in adult neurogenic populations. Dr. Park has a big passion for conducting research with his students. He enjoys working with and mentoring student graduate and undergraduate research assistants in his BANDA lab.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • CSD 2318 Language Development
  • CSD 3357 Anatomy and Physiology
  • CSD 5320 Neurology and Advanced Instrumentation
  • CSD 5334 Multicultural Issues in Speech Pathology