The team members in the Communication and Cognition Lab conduct interprofessional, clinically relevant research aimed at improving communication effectiveness and quality of life for people with aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders. Aphasia a symbolic processing disorder, typically caused by brain damage following a stroke, and characterized by impairments in multiple language areas including speaking, understanding, reading, and writing.
We currently are conducting research focused on the following aims:
· Developing compensatory strategies that support reading and auditory comprehension in people with aphasia.
· Leveraging interprofessional collaboration to increase participation of people with aphasia in research studies and home practice programs.
· Identifying and implementing ways in which speech-language pathologist can address social isolation in people with aphasia and their care partners.
· Developing a multimodal intervention program to assist people with neurogenic communication disorders to successfully resolve communication breakdowns.
· Exploring the integration of technology into clinical services for individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.
· Investigating interprofessional education activities that increase collaborative practices, particularly for speech-language pathologists.