Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLPOffice Location:
B36 - 422
Phone: (617) 726-0685
Associate Chair, Associate Professor, Comm. Sci. & DisordersFull-Time Faculty
Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is an associate professor specializing in adult neurogenic communication disorders.
She also is Director of the MGH Institute's onsite Aphasia Center, which provides diagnostic and treatment services to adults with aphasia and related neurological communication impairments.
Dr. Nicholas is also a research assistant professor in the Neurology Department of Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the MGH Institute faculty, she was a speech-language pathologist for over 15 years at the VA Boston Healthcare System.
She has co-authored research articles on language in normal aging, aphasia, and dementia and is co-author of various assessment and treatment materials for aphasia including the Boston Assessment of Severe Aphasia (BASA), the Sentence Production Program for Aphasia (SPPA), and the C-Speak Aphasia software program.
BA, Linguistics, Brown University, Providence, RI
MS, Communication Disorders, Boston University, Boston, MA
PhD, Communication Disorders, Emerson College, Boston, MA
Dr. Nicholas' research interests focus on the treatment of severe aphasia, and in particular on the cognitive and neuroanatomical mechanisms underlying successful use of augmentative and alternative communication systems by people with aphasia.
She also conducts research on nonverbal cognition in people with aphasia and on the relation between cognitive and linguistic impairments to quality of life in people with aphasia.
Publications & Presentations:
Nicholas, M. (2012). Treatment of people with moderate to severe aphasia: Current evidence-based approaches for improving communication. Day Institutes presentation at the Missouri Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, Osage Beach, MO.
Vaughan, E. and Nicholas, M. (2009). Nonverbal event processing and language impairment in aphasia. Poster at the American Speech Language Hearing Association convention, New Orleans, LA.
Helm-Estabrooks, N., Albert, M.L. and Nicholas, M. (Book in press, 2013). Manual of Aphasia and Aphasia Therapy, 3rd Ed. Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
Nicholas, M. (2012). The importance of aphasia community programs in supporting self-determination in people with aphasia (PWA). Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 22(1), 36-43.
Nicholas, M., Sinotte, M.P., & Helm-Estabrooks, N. (2011). C-Speak Aphasia alternative communication program for people with severe aphasia: Importance of executive functioning and semantic knowledge. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21(3), 322-366.
Mackey, J., Nicholas, M., & Maxwell, L. Student learning in a faculty-student practice clinic. In M.J. Bradshaw & A.J. Lowenstein, (Eds.), Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions, 5th Edition. Boston: Jones & Bartlett, 2011.
See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.
PubMEd has 11 Nicholas publications with abstracts.