Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Georgetown University, 2017
M.S. in Neuroscience, Georgetown University, 2014
M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, 2011
B.A. in French Language and Literature, 2009
Neurobiology of language and reading
Non-invasive brain stimulation
Magnetic resonance imaging
Rachael Harrington is a certified speech-language pathologist and assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy.
Harrington completed her graduate work at Georgetown University focusing on neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation of the motor system after stroke. She completed her postdoctoral work at Georgia State University in the Department of Psychology through the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy. This work focused on the neurobiology of language and literacy and the rehabilitation of aphasia and alexia.
Harrington’s work has been funded by the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her work has been published in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Brain Stimulation, and Frontiers in Neurology among others.
We are currently recruiting for a study that looks at how the brain works during reading and we are looking for adults in the Atlanta, Ga. area to participate. We are looking for all levels of reading ability — general reading difficulties (dyslexia or poor reading abilities,) reading difficulties after stroke/aphasia and typical readers. The study involves two visits, each approximately three hours. In the first visit, we will test your reading skills and in the second visit, we will scan your brain in an MRI. Receive up to $65, based on the number of sessions completed (minimum $15).
If you are interested in learning more, e-mail [email protected].
Harrington, R, Dietz, A, Laures-Gore, J, Gilbert, S. Current clinical practice of speech-language pathologists in the treatment and evaluation of post-stroke alexia.
Harrington, R, Krishnamurthy, LC, Ossowski, A, Jeter, M, Davis, A, Morris, R, Arrington, CN (accepted). Observed timing and facilitation effects after theta-burst stimulation of the reading network. Frontiers in Psychiatry.
Harrington, R. & Dietz, A (2022). Systematic review draws limited conclusions regarding the effectiveness of reading comprehension interventions for people with aphasia but offers guidance for future research and practicing clinicians. Evidence Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 15(4), 207-213.
Krishnamurthy, LC, Champion, GN, McGregor, KM, Krishnamurthy, V, Turabi, A, Roberts, SR, Nocera, JR, Harrington, R, et al. (2021). The effect of time since stroke, gender, age, and lesion size on thalamus volume in chronic stroke: a pilot study. Scientific Reports, 10(1): 1-5.
Arrington, CN, Harrington, R, Morris, R. (2020) Effects of continuous theta burst stimulation on the reading network 20 and 50 minutes past stimulation of the middle temporal gyrus. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. 2020;24(4): 266-267.
Harrington, R, Chan, E, Wutzke, CJ, Mohapatra, S, Rounds, AK, Dromerick, AW, Turkeltaub, PE & Harris-Love, ML (2019). Roles of lesioned and nonlesioned hemispheres in reaching performance post-stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 34(1), 61–71.
Harrington, R, Roberts, SR, Krishnamurthy, LC, Krishnamurthy, V, Rodriguez, AD, McGregor, KM, Meinzer, M, Crosson, B (2019). Effects of active and sham tDCS on lexical decision in three persons with chronic aphasia. Brain Stimulation, 12(2), 116-117.
Harris-Love, ML & Harrington, R. (2017). Non-invasive brain stimulation to enhance upper limb motor practice post-stroke: A model for selection of cortical site. Frontiers in Neurology, 8.
Mohapatra, S, Harrington, R, Chan, E, Dromerick, AW, Breceda, EY, & Harris-Love, ML (2016). Role of contralesional hemisphere in paretic arm reaching in patients with severe arm paresis due to stroke: a preliminary report. Neuroscience letters, 617, 52-58.
Harrington, R, Chan, E, Turkeltaub, PE. Dromerick, AW, & Harris-Love, ML (2015). Simple partial status epilepticus one-day post Single-pulse TMS to the affected hemisphere in a participant with chronic stroke. Brain Stimulation, 8(3), 682-683.