Maya Henry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Henry is a speech-language pathologist by training. Her clinical and research interests lie in the nature and treatment of aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, with a special focus on primary progressive aphasia.
Stephanie Grasso, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Stephanie completed her master’s and doctoral training (mentor: Dr. Maya Henry) in the department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at UT Austin. Her research investigates neurologically-based communication disorders within the context of bilingualism. She also examines bilingualism as a contributor to cognitive reserve in neurodegenerative disorders affecting language and cognition.
Carly Millanski, M.S., CCC-SLP
Research Speech-Language Pathologist
Carly earned a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. Prior to joining the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab in 2019, she worked clinically at a post-acute rehabilitation center for patients with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Her research interests include investigating treatments for aphasia and alexia caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease.
Alexia works as a part-time Research Coordinator in the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab. She is an undergraduate student in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her research interests include neurodegenerative disorders and she hopes that her experience with the ART Lab will prepare her for her future career as a speech-language pathologist.
Lisa Wauters, M.A. CCC-SLP
Lisa is a doctoral student in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and works as a research speech-language pathologist at the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab. She earned her BA in English with a minor in Linguistics from Boston University in 2009 and her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from UT Austin in 2016. She has practiced speech pathology in a variety of settings, including a rehab hospital, home health and private practice. Her primary areas of research include assessment and treatment of aphasia and cognitive-communication disorders associated with stroke, neurodegenerative disease and traumatic brain injury.
Rachel Tessmer, M.A., CF-SLP
Doctoral Student and Clinical Fellow
Rachel is a doctoral student in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and a clinical fellow in the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics and a M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research uses behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging methods to investigate speech and language processing, category learning, and rehabilitation of aphasia caused by stroke or neurodegenerative diseases.
Gary Robinaugh, M.S., CCC-SLP
Gary earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders with minors in Linguistics and Spanish from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab, Gary worked as a speech language pathologist for several years in skilled nursing, private practice, and school settings. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Gary’s research interests center around aphasia caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease, including treatment for multilingual individuals, analysis of connected speech, and multi-modal treatments for severe aphasia
Zoe Ezzes, M.S., CCC-SLP
Research Speech-Language Pathologist
Zoe has a BS degree in Cognitive Science with a specialization in neuroscience from UC San Diego and an MS degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. She provides speech and language therapy for patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) in the ARTLab and conducts diagnostic speech and language assessments for research participants at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, MD, Ph.D
Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
Stephen Wilson, Ph.D
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Language Neuroscience Laboratory
Pelagie Beeson, Ph.D
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona
Borna Bonakdarpour, MD
Department of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
See Bonakdarpour's profile at Northwestern Medicine
Lindsey Wineholt M.A., CCC-SLP
Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, UT Health Austin
See Lindsey's profile at UT Health Austin
Heather Dial, Ph.D.
Dr. Dial was a postdoctoral researcher with the lab and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston.
Eduardo Europa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Europa was a postdoctoral researcher with the lab and is now an Assistant Professor at California State University, Chico.
Karinne Berstis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Karinne was a PhD student with the lab and is now a Research Scientist Associate at Dell Medical School.
Kristin Schaffer Mendez, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Mendez was a Ph.D. student with the lab and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
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The ARTlab is located on the main University of Texas at Austin campus in CMB 1.110.