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One of the most memorable and defining days of Emily's professional career occurred on her first day of graduate school: she met a patient with aphasia for the first time and observed as her clinical supervisor. She communicated with an individual who had much to say but limited means to do so. Watching this connection between the patient and clinician, she felt that she had truly discovered her passion in the broad field of speech language pathology (SLP). One major motivation supporting her decision to complete a PhD was, and still is, to investigate ways to maximize patient outcomes in a clinical population that she cares deeply about – individuals with aphasia. She hopes to positively impact the lives of patients through her clinical research.


Department of Communication Science and Disorders


Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Science and Disorders

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Post-stroke aphasia language recovery

  • The relationship between functions of the hippocampus, such as information encoding and consolidation, and treatment outcomes in post-stroke aphasia.

  • Sleep disturbance and its influence on language function and recovery following stroke