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Lab Team

Directors: 

Dr. Yael ArbelYael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Director

Telephone: (617) 974-7363
Email: yarbel@mghihp.edu

 

Dr. Arbel investigates the impaired learning mechanism in children with Developmental Language Disorder, with an emphasis on these children’s ability to learn from corrective feedback. Learn more about Dr. Arbel

Dr. Sofia Vallila Rohter

Sofia Vallila Rohter, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Director

Telephone: (617) 724-3824
Email:  svallilarohter@mghihp.edu

 

Dr. Vallila Rohter examines how nonlinguistic cognitive systems contribute to success with therapy in aphasia, and investigates factors that contribute to long-term outcomes and outcome predictability in aphasia. Learn more about Dr. Vallila Rohter.

Dr. Lauryn Zipse

Lauryn Zipse, PhD, CCC-SLP
Co-Director

Telephone: (617) 643 3245
Email:  lzipse@mghihp.edu

 

Dr. Zipse investigates language and other aspects of cognition in adults with brain injury, with a particular focus on the timing of cognitive processes. Learn more about Dr. Zipse. 

 

Research Study Coordinator

Isabelle Moore, Cognitive Neuroscience Group

Isabelle Moore, BS in Neuroscience and Psychology

Email: imoore@mghihp.edu

 

 

Doctoral Students:

Jeanne Gallée , CSD

 

Jeanne Gallée, BA in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

 

 

Jeanne Gallée is pursuing her doctorate at Harvard University in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program (SHBT) while enrolled as a non-degree student in the IHP's Communication Sciences and Disorders program, while completing her coursework for clinical certification in speech-language pathology at the IHP. Her clinical research interests are in the areas of aphasia with a focus on the cognitive factors that may impact treatment outcomes for the affected populations. Her previous research experience includes an independent neuroimaging study of how repeated exposure to particular syntactic structures may lead to changes in neural activity.  

Megan Schliep, CCC-SLP, MS

 

Megan Schliep, MS, CCC-SLP

 

 

Megan Schliep is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute.   She is interested in examining how language ability and patient-centered measures impact quality of life for individuals with aphasia. Learn more about Megan Schliep.

 

Image file Victoria Tilton-Bowosky, PhD '18 start cohort

 

Victoria Tilton-Bolowsky, MS, CCC-SLP

 

 

Victoria Tilton-Bolowsky is a doctoral student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the MGH Institute. She is interested in understanding how attention, memory, feedback, and awareness affect language recovery in the acute and chronic aphasia populations.

 

 

Graduate Students:

Rachel Aronovitz, CSD

 

Rachel Aronovitz, BS in Brain and Cognitive Science
Research Assistant

 

Rachel is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of child language development and disorders.

Nicole Choe, CSD

 

Nicole Choe, BS in Public Health Sciences, BA in Psychology & Social Behavior
Research Assistant

 

Nicole Choe is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience includes investigating whether animations facilitate understanding of symbols in children with autism, and healthcare professionals’ perception of communicative competence and attitudes towards persons with aphasia using AAC. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of learning in children with autism, language processing, and AAC.

Brendan Czupryna
Brendan Czupryna, BA
Research Assistant

 

 

Brendan is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is currently working on a thesis project entitled “Investigating Attentional Allocation with Eye Tracking During Category Learning in People with Aphasia” with a goal of shedding light on attentional deficits impacting learning following stroke.

Emily Feely, CSD

 

Emily Feeley
Research Assistant

 

Emily Feeley is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in the cognitive and language processing aspects of first and second language acquisition.

Maria Galassi, CSD

 

Maria Galassi, BS 
Research Assistant

 

Maria Galassi is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in Melodic Intonation Therapy, a music-based intervention for individuals with Aphasia. Her previous research experience includes the study of turtle ecology and population dynamics.

Jessica Hopkins, CSD

Jessica Hopkins
Research Assistant

 

 

Jessica is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in the cognitive factors that affect the severity of speech and language impairments in adults with stroke and traumatic brain injury and how to improve outcomes for these patients.

Jennifer Kensworthy, CSD

Jessica Kenworthy, BS in Psychology
Research Assistant

 

 

Jessica Kenworthy is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is working on her thesis project entitled "A Neurophysiological Examination of Feedback-Based Learning in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury." The goal of this study is to improve understanding of learning differences in TBI across different instructional conditions that vary in executive functioning demands.

Kathryn Kramedas, Research Assistant

 

Kathryn Kramedas, BA
Research Assistant

 

 

Shaz Kim, CSD

 

Shalom (Shaz) Kim, BA in English and Biology
Research Assistant

 

Shalom (Shaz) Kim is a second year graduate student pursuing a degree in the Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in neurogenic communication disorders. She is working on her thesis project entitled "Immediate and delayed declarative feedback-based learning in monolinguals and bilinguals" to evaluate at the neurophysiological level how monolinguals and bilinguals learn from corrective feedback. Her past research experience includes a study on youths' life experiences, emotional health, and self-regulation at the Laboratory of Youth Mental Health in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. 

Emmaleigh Loyer, CSD

 

Emmaleigh Loyer
Research Assistant

 

Emmaleigh Loyer is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to starting school at the IHP, she spent three years working in clinical research at Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. When at Northwestern, she contributed to research projects that employed neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to study individuals with Primary Progressive Aphasia. Emmaleigh’s research interests lie in the areas of memory and aphasia. 

Michelle Martinez, CSD

 

Michelle Martinez
Research Assistant

 

Michelle is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Prior to the IHP, she worked as a medicinal chemist researching new drug candidates for various disease targets.  Subsequently, she spent three years working with adults with developmental disabilities in the Day Habilitation setting.  Her clinical interests are in speech and language disorders in the cognitively impaired/developmentally delayed population.

Gwen Meredith, CSD

 

Gwendolyn Meredith, BS in Cognitive Science 
Research Assistant

 

Gwendolyn Meredith is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience includes archival library research for the Colored Convention Project and research into visuospatial working memory for the Spatial Cognition Lab at University of Delaware. She is interested in exploring the impact of aphasia and TBI on visuospatial working memory and semantic processing.

Ilanna Newman, CSD

 

Ilanna Newman, BA in Linguistics, BA in Hearing and Speech Sciences
Research Assistant

 

Ilanna Newman is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience includes work in children's verb learning, links between musical and linguistic abilities, and error patterns in non-native English speakers' accents. She is interested in applying linguistic and cognitive theory to research on populations with language disorders.

Elysia Ridener, CSD

 

Elysia Ridener
Research Assistant

 

Elysia Ridener is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her previous research experience includes neuroscience investigations into the interaction between post-traumatic stress disorder and nicotine addiction, and between abnormal error processing and attentional processes in animal models.

Amanda Sitren
Research Assistant

Amanda is a graduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is working on her thesis project entitled "How well do we know technology?: Examining iPad navigation skills in PWA and seniors" with the goal of examining the relationship between cognitive-linguistic ability, task performance and learning ability of iPad navigation in PWA and seniors.

Alumni:

James Borders CSD '16
James Borders, MS-SLP '16
 

 

 

Master’s thesis title: A Developmental Examination of Feedback Processing During Declarative Learning (chair of committee: Arbel). Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. 

Sarah Curtis
Sarah Curtis, MS-SLP '17
 

 

 

Master's thesis title: Tap Your Hand if You Feel the Beat: Differential Effects of Tapping in Melodic Intonation Therapy (chair of committee: Zipse).

Diana Dinh
Diana Dinh, MS-SLP '17
 

 

 

Master's thesis title: Implicit and rule-based learning in individuals with aphasia (chair of committee: Vallila Rohter).  Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. 

Lucia Hong, Research Assistant

 

Lucia Hong, MS '16

 

 

Master’s thesis title: Comparing Immediate versus Delayed Feedback Processing in Healthy Adults (chair of committee: Arbel). Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund.

Ayelet Kershenbaum, MS '16

Master’s thesis title: Spoken or intoned, Together or Alone: Is Unison Production Advantageous for People with Aphasia? (chair of committee: Zipse). Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund.

Annette Mitko
Annette Mitko, MS-SLP '17
 

 

 

Master's thesis title: Feedback processing in rule- based and probabilistic category learning in children with Specific Language Impairment (chair of committee: Arbel).  Thesis was supported by the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. 

Undergraduate Summer Interns:

  • Dani Marrissa Grant, Bunker Hill Community College

  • Sijju Karki, UMass Boston

  • Ivy M. Mwangi, Williams College

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