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Rob is a certified speech-language pathologist and PhD student in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a TL1 predoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Clinical Research Education. He has worked in clinical inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, primarily with patients with neurogenic communication disorders stemming from stroke, traumatic brain injury and degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and dementia. His research currently focuses on the translation and clinical implementation of treatments for aphasia. He is also interested in advanced statistical methods to CSD research, health services research and clinical instruction. 


Department of Communication Science and Disorders


Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Science and Disorders


  • ANCDS Conference Student Fellowship
  • NIH-NIDCD Academy of Aphasia conference grant (R13 DC017375-01)
  • NIH-NIDCD Fellowship: Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology
  • Adult Communication Disorders Annual Scholarship, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Robert W. Peters Award for excellence in research, UNC-Chapel Hill

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Aphasia treatment outcomes

  • Implementation science

  • Statistical methods

Research Grants

  • (pending) NIH-NIDCD NRSA individual predoctoral fellowship: Determinants of multilevel discourse outcomes in anomia treatment for aphasia
  • The University of Pittsburgh CTSI–Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship: Comparing Treatment Intensity between Research and Clinical Practice in Post-Stroke Aphasia 
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Development Fund