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Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Shouse - 422

Phone: (617) 726-0685

Associate Chair, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Director, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation

Full-Time Faculty

Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is a professor specializing in adult neurogenic communication disorders, and Associate Director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation.

She founded 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 numerous research articles on aphasia, language in normal aging, and dementia and is co-author of various assessment and treatment materials for aphasia including the book, Manual of Aphasia and Aphasia Therapy (3rd edition), 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

Research Interest:

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. & Connor, L. (2015). Assessing life participation goals for people with aphasia (PWA). Poster presented at the AphasiaAccess Conference, March, 2015, Boston, MA.

Belville, A., Doherty, R., Guarino, A., Jodoin, A., Nicholas, M., Rocco, C. (2015). The effect of neurostimulants on functional recovery of individuals with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. APTA Combined Sections Meeting Indianapolis, IN.

Lapham, J., Ball, L., Nicholas, M., Hunsaker, E. (2014). Motor-Learning Guided Therapy for Acquired Apraxia of Speech: Targeting the Syllable. Poster at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Orlando, FL.

Nicholas, M. (2014). Beyond Impairment: Planning Evidence-Based Interventions for Aphasia Using the A-FROM Model. Duquesne University, Department of Speech-Language Pathology Symposium. Pittsburgh, PA.

Nicholas, M., Connor, L., & Jennelle, L. (2013). Assessing life participation goals for people with aphasia from an inter-disciplinary perspective (SLP and OT). Presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Chicago, IL.

Maguire, A., Nicholas, M. & Zipse, L.  (2012). Can Cognitive Flexibility Be Trained in People with Aphasia? Poster at American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Atlanta, GA.

Jennelle, L., Nicholas, M., Zipse, L., & Haynes, C.  (2012).  L!Ving with Aphasia: Activities, Caregivers and Quality of Life. Poster at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Atlanta, GA.


Carter, A., Nicholas, M., Hunsaker, E., & McCarthy-Jacobson, A. (2015). Modified Berg Balance Scale: Making assessment appropriate for people with aphasia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Vol. 22(2), 83-93.

Helm-Estabrooks, N., Albert, M.L. & Nicholas, M. (2014).  Manual of Aphasia and Aphasia Therapy, 3rd Ed.  Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

Tierney-Hendricks, C., Nicholas, M., & Zipse, L. (2013). Effects of phonological neighborhood on the treatment of naming in aphasia. Aphasiology. DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2013.866209

Nicholas, M. & Vaughan, E. (2013). Understanding of observed video action events by people with aphasia.  Aphasiology, 27 (5), 532- 545.

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.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.

PubMEd has 12 Nicholas publications with abstracts.

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