Aphasia, AAC, Post-Stroke Resilience
Dr. Aimee Dietz (she/her/hers) is a speech-language pathologist at heart and is dedicated to training the next generation of academic researchers and clinicians and improving outcomes for people with aphasia. Her research focuses on using AAC as a language recovery tool and identifying associated neurobiomarkers. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200). In recent years, she has cultivated a new line of research to understand how mind-body practices, including adapted yoga, might be harnessed to build resilience and coping for people with post-stroke aphasia and their co-survivors. If interested in working with Dr. Dietz, contact her at [email protected].
Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders
Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore has an active research lab focused on Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders. Current projects focus on variables affecting aphasia recovery, aphasia intervention, aphasia community groups, aprosodia in dysarthric speakers and foreign accent syndrome. If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. Laures-Gore, contact her at [email protected].
Child Literacy and Language Skills
Dr. Cynthia Puranik‘s research focuses on understanding early writing development including assessment and instruction of early writing skills. She has simultaneously explored both basic theoretical and highly applied research pathways to address questions pertaining to children’s emergent and early conventional writing. Current research projects in her Child Reading & Writing Lab (CRAWL) involve developing and testing the effectiveness of an early writing intervention and exploring how tablet computers can be used to teach emergent writing skills. If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. Puranik, contact her at [email protected].
Stuttering and Bilingualism Lab
We are focused on understanding how neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly stuttering, impact development and cognitive functioning in children and adults, including bilinguals, and translating that knowledge into effective treatment strategies. We are also interested in the experience of stuttering and using what we learn to advocate for people who stutter. Contact Dr. Ai Leen Choo for more information on how to get involved.
Dr. Eva van Leer has expertise in voice science and disorders. Her Voice Treatment Lab focuses on research related to treatment outcomes and patient adherence in behavioral voice therapy. Current research projects investigate the prediction, measurement and improvement of adherence to voice therapy through the use of mobile technology and social-cognitive approaches. If interested in Ph.D. work with Dr. van Leer, contact her at [email protected].
The MINT Lab
Mechanisms of Individualized Neurorehabilitation Treatment Lab (MINT) hopes to inspire a future where neurorehabilitation treatment is individualized for post-stroke impairments based on an individual’s unique features. Dr. Rachael Harrington is the director of the lab. Her work focuses on the neurobiology of language and literacy and the rehabilitation of aphasia and alexia.