Lauryn Zipse, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Research: Cognitive Neuroscience Group
(617) 643-3245
Office Location: 
Shouse - 427

Lauryn Zipse, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is also Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group.

She specializes in adult neurogenic communication disorders, and in using neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods to investigate these disorders.

Dr. Zipse received her PhD from the Harvard-MIT HST Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program, and took courses towards clinical certification in speech-language pathology at the MGH Institute. 

She went on to complete a postdoctoral and clinical fellowship at the Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Research Interests

Dr. Zipse’s research interests concern cognitive and language deficits due to stroke and other brain injury in adults. Her work addresses the prosodic and rhythmic processing abilities involved in speech planning, the degree to which these abilities may be preserved in aphasia, and how they may be used in speech and language therapy. In addition, she studies nonverbal cognitive disorders in adults who have experienced brain injury.

Current projects address the following questions:

  • Which aspects of music-based therapies for aphasia are particularly beneficial?
  • How do people with speech and language disorders after stroke use auditory feedback to monitor their own speech?
  • What prosodic abilities are retained by people with agrammatic aphasia?
  • How is cognition most commonly evaluated in people who have had a stroke, and are these assessments appropriate for people with aphasia?


AB, Dartmouth College
PhD, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology



Selected Publications

Curtis, S., Nicholas, M. L., Pittmann, R., & Zipse, L. (2020). Tap your hand if you feel the beat: differential effects of tapping in melodic intonation therapy. Aphasiology, 4(5), 580-602. doi: 10.1080/02687038.2019.1621983

Kershenbaum, A., Nicholas, M. L., Hunsaker, E., & Zipse, L. (2019). Speak along without the song: What promotes fluency in people with aphasia? Aphasiology, 33(4), 405-428. doi: 10.1080/02687038.2017.1413487

Murton, O., Zipse, L., Jacoby, N., & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2017). Repetition and a beat-based timing framework: What determines the duration of intervals between repetitions of a tapped pattern? Timing & Time Perception, 5, 244-259.

Zipse, L., Worek, A., Guarino, A. J., & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2014). Tapped out: Do people with aphasia have rhythmic processing deficits? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(6), 2234-2245.



Selected Presentations

Bachan, S., Canta, A., & Zipse, L. (2021). Effects of unison production on sound distortions in people with aphasia. Poster presentation at the ASHA Convention, Washington, D.C.

Mangione, C., Meredith, G., Kenworthy, J., Arbel, Y., & Zipse, L. (2020). How does feedback processing affect learning in people with traumatic brain injury? Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, virtual meeting.

Galassi, M., Reid, A., & Zipse, L. (2019). Speaking together: Metrical vs. conversational speech in people with aphasia. Poster presentation at the ASHA Convention, Orlando, FL.

Zipse, L. (2018). Moving along: Rhythm and entrainment in people with aphasia. Platform presentation at the ASHA Convention, Boston, MA.

Zipse, L., Dunn, K., Ko, J., & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2018). Speaking as entrainment: Where is the beat? Platform presentation at the annual New England Sequencing and Timing (NEST) meeting, Storrs, CT.

Vallila-Rohter, S., Zipse, L., & Nicholas, M. (2016). Nonverbal cognition in aphasia: Why SLPs should pay attention to learning. Platform presentation at the ASHA Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Curriculum Vitae