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Past Recipients of the New Investigator Award

The New Investigator Award honors an Institute faculty member who has achieved distinction in the early stages of a research career. It is presented in the fall at the Faculty Convocation. The award was first given in 2016.

In 2019, Sofia Vallila Rohter, an assistant professor of speech-language pathology and co-director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group (CNG), received the New Investigator Award. Dr. Valilla Rohter, who also is a faculty member in the Speech Hearing & Biosciences and Technology program at Harvard University, a research associate at Spaulding Rehab, Boston University, and MIT, received the award for her efforts in using event-related potentials, neuroimaging, and behavioral methods to investigate learning in people with and without aphasia.

Photo of Sofia with two students in a lab


  • 2018: Yael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group.
  • 2017: Andrea Fairman, PhD, OTR/L, CPRP​, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy,  for her research in the use of mobile digital devices to improve the medical management of patients with chronic conditions and disabilities.
  • 2016: Joanna Christodoulou, EdD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Director of the BEAM Team.