by Claire Miller
Leslie Gonzalez-Rothi, professor of neurology, clinical and health psychology and communicative disorders at the University of Florida, will discuss research on clinical practice in speech-language with College of Education students, faculty and staff March 30 as part of the college’s Research Wednesdays Speaker Series.
Gonzalez-Rothi is the program director of the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center and serves as the president of the International Neuropsychological Society. She has centered her research in two main arenas: (1) the study of the cognitive neuropsychology of human communication as well as skilled, purposive limb movement planning and performance, and (2) the study of cortical plasticity in the mature central nervous system (CNS) associated with new learning, functional recovery after CNS damage or injury and response to rehabilitation. Currently, she is funded by both National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/National Institutes of Health and the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service to perform clinical trials in treatment of aphasia, alexia, limb apraxia and aprosodia, the effects of adjunctive drug therapies and functional neuroimaging of functional recovery resulting from rehabilitation.
The Research Wednesdays Speaker Series is designed to fulfill three goals: to provide a platform for explorations of new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research, to discuss new methods of mentoring doctoral students in an effort to enhance their development as researchers, and to fill a professional development need by providing access to cutting edge researchers at the state and national levels.
Research Wednesdays is held Wednesdays at 12 noon in the COE Forum, Room 1030. A list of upcoming speakers is available to the general public on the COE website. Speaker presentations are also available for download at iTunes U.
A light lunch will be provided for those who confirm their attendance to Erin Whitney in the COE’s Educational Research Bureau at (404) 413-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Gonzalez-Rothi and the Research Wednesdays Speaker Series, visit http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_events.htm.