PhD '23 Alumni

What year did you start the program?  

List your prior degrees and institutions
BPhil in Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016
MS in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

What was your research setting(s), mentor’s name and name of lab (if appropriate)
Cognitive Neuroscience Group, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Mentor: Sofia Vallila-Rohter, PhD, CCC-SLP

What was your research focused on? 
My research aims to better understand the neuropsychological variables that influence treatment outcomes for individuals living with aphasia.  

What do you think is special about the PhD in RS program here at IHP?   
The PhD in RS program is interdisciplinary and offers the unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from researchers and clinicians across rehabilitation science disciplines. Not only does this collaboration challenge my thinking but it also allows me to hone my interdisciplinary discussion skills which are essential for sharing ideas within research and clinical settings. I also value that there are dedicated teaching courses in the curriculum as teaching is an essential skill for a future in academia. 

Why did you choose to come to this program rather than a doctoral research program in your specific profession?  
I chose to come to MGH-IHP for the opportunity to work with Dr. Sofia Vallila-Rohter as she is conducting novel and exciting research that answers clinical and theoretical questions related to aphasia. I was also eager to be a part of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group which would allow me to work closely with and learn from other speech-language pathologists conducting research in the domain of cognitive neuroscience.  

What are your plans & goals now that you have completed your PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences?
In July 2023, I began a post-doctoral fellowship in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. During this fellowship, I aim to continue developing research and clinical skills that will support me in submitting a VA career development award.