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Alex feels that the University of Pittsburgh provides excellent mentorship in an environment that facilitates cross disciplinary training. Through his acceptance to the program, he has been able to collaborate and gain valuable training at not only the University of Pittsburgh, but also the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Center and Carnegie Mellon. 



Department of Communication Science and Disorders


Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Science and Disorders

Representative Publications

  • Swiderski A, Dresang H, Hula W, Dickey M, Yeh F, Fernandez-Miranda J, Doyle P. Structural fragmentation of linguistic brain networks predicts aphasia severity, but not response to treatment. (2020). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13. DOI: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2019.01.00116 
  • Fergadiotis, G., Hula, W., Swiderski, A. M., Lei, C., Kellough, S. (2019). Enhancing the efficiency of confrontation naming assessment for aphasia using computer adaptive testing. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research.
  • Fergadiotis, G., Swiderski, A. M., & Hula, W. D. (2018). Predicting confrontation naming item difficulty. Aphasiology, 1-21.

Research Interests

  • Computational modeling of word production
  • Neuroimaging
  • Assessment and psychometrics

Research Grants

  • NIH Brain Initiative in Computational Neuroscience
  • NIDCD Saffran Student Scholar Award
  • NIDCD New Investigator Fellowship: Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology, 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference
  • Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC), sponsored by the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association
  • Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Sciences Student Fellowship, ANCDS Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado