Malcolm McNeil is a VA Research Speech Pathologist and Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. His research has a primary focus on the cognitive and linguistic mechanisms of aphasia and their diagnosis and treatment and on the cognitive-motor mechanisms for apraxia of speech and its assessment, differential diagnosis and treatments. His current efforts are directed primarily toward: 1) evaluating the attentional (executive) and memorial (working and short-term) cognitive mechanisms subtending language comprehension impairments in persons with aphasia [currently funded by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development]; 2) the development of computerized listening, reading and perceptual-motor reaction time measures for the quantitative and qualitative assessment of persons with aphasia and other neuro-cognitive-linguistic impairments; and 3) the study of the mechanisms and differential diagnosis of apraxia of speech. Current research also compares normal healthy aging across the life span to explore the effects of aging on cognitive and linguistic disorders.
McNeil is the author/editor of several books, more than 40 book chapters and over 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has given over 290 peer reviewed presentations and more than 165 national and international invited talks and workshops. He has held multiple grants from both the NIH and Veterans Administration. He has directed 28 Masters theses and 20 PhD Dissertations.