Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from neurological damage, typically stroke. Reading, writing, speaking, and understanding language can all be affected to different degrees. There are many different types of aphasia, such as Broca’s aphasia or Wernicke’s aphasia. Although it has been studied for centuries, there remain many questions about recovery.
Motor Speech Disorders
Acquired motor speech disorders are a group of communication disorders resulting from neurological disease or damage. Motor speech disorders can either be a problem with speech production (dysarthria) or motor planning/programming (apraxia of speech). There are many different treatment approaches to dysarthria and apraxia of speech. Research continues to investigate effective interventions and to better understand the mechanisms that result in decreased speech intelligibility.
Researchers in the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory explore topics such as variables affecting recovery, intervention, community groups, aprosodia in dysarthric speakers and foreign accent syndrome. Learn more about our projects below.
Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Aphasia Access Conversations
Aphasia Access Conversations brings you the latest aphasia resources, tips and a-ha moments from Life Participation professionals who deliver way more than stroke and aphasia facts. Topics include aphasia group treatment ideas, communication access strategies, plus ways to grow awareness and funds for your group aphasia therapy program. This podcast is produced by Aphasia Access. Search our courses, resources and events by keywords at https://bit.ly/aphaccacademy.
The SLP-Minded Podcast
In this episode, Dr. Laures-Gore discusses her current research in the area of depression and stress in people with aphasia and the various assessments SLPs have at their disposal. Don’t forget to download the References and Resources page on the podcast website at https://theslpmindedpodcast.podbean.com/!
How You Can Get Involved
If you or your loved one is living with aphasia, please contact Dr. Laures-Gore at [email protected].
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for research experience, contact Dr. Laures-Gore for more information.
We welcome Georgia State University undergraduate and graduate students wishing to gain more research experience. If you would like to volunteer to work in the lab, contact Dr. Laures-Gore at [email protected]
Graduate Research Assistantship
Research assistants have the opportunity to assist with current studies underway in the lab. Assistantships are offered to students annually on a competitive basis.
Students are encouraged to develop guided research projects under the supervision of Dr. Laures-Gore. These projects are student-driven and do not require a formal committee.
Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Laboratory Research Projects
Current collaborative research projects (with Georgia Institute of Technology, Grady Memorial Hospital, St. Louis University, Boston University) include the following:
- Identifying Stress and Depression via the Speech Signal
- Diurnal Variation of Cortisol
- Perceived Stress in Aphasia
- Development of Stress and Coping Scales in Aphasia
Current research projects include the following:
- The use of an imagery app to improve naming in aphasia
- Mindfulness Meditation
Current collaborative research projects (with Grady Memorial Hospital, Northeastern University) include the following:
- Identifying dialectal markers in dysarthric speech
Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a recipient of Honors of the Association from the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Laboratory at Georgia State University, where current projects include understanding and addressing stress in persons with aphasia, post-stroke depression, integrative health practices and the Atlanta Motor Speech Disorders Corpus. She believes community engagement is crucial to improving the lives of persons with communication disorders; she leads the annual Good Morning Aphasia event at Georgia State and spearheads Aphasia Friendly Atlanta.