About Us

Founded in 1935 and located in New Haven, Connecticut since 1970, Haskins Laboratories is a private, non-profit research institute with a primary focus on speech, language and reading, and their biological basis. Support for our work comes mostly from federally funded, competitive research grants. This is supplemented by private foundation support and individual donations.

Haskins Laboratories enjoys a distinct advantage as an independent research center. Crossing the boundaries of universities as well as disciplines, it has created a critical mass of full-time and visiting psychologists, linguists, physicists, engineers and other specialists who share information and insights and frequently collaborate as they study important problems such as speech synthesis and dyslexia that are too complex for research conducted from a single perspective ever to resolve.

At the heart of Haskins Laboratories are the people who comprise the Haskins community, including staff, scientists, educators, and students. The Laboratories employs a small full-time staff, half of whom are investigators and half of whom are in technical and administrative roles. In addition, the Laboratories’ staff includes part-time investigators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of institutions.

Haskins Laboratories Presidents

Caryl P Haskins


Franklin S. Cooper


Alvin M. Liberman

Michael Studdert Kennedy


Carol A. Fowler


Kenneth Pugh