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Aphasia Research Treatment Lab: People

Personnel

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Maya Henry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
Lab Director

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

Stephanie Grasso, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Lab Co-Director

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.

Karinne Berstisk

Karinne Berstis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Karinne has worked for the Aphasia Lab since 2017 and is currently a doctoral student with the lab. She graduated from the MA program in speech-language pathology at UT Austin in May 2020. Her research interests include neurogenic speech disorders and applications for technology in treatment and assessment.

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Carly Miller, 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.

Kristin Shaffer

Kristin Schaffer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Kristin earned a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab, Kristin worked for several years in a variety of clinical settings including home health, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. These experiences shaped her research interests, which include assessment and multimodal treatment of aphasia resulting from neurodegenerative disease or stroke. Kristin is also interested in investigating the interaction between language and cognition and how that may inform clinical management of individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.

Lisa Wauters

Lisa Wauters, M.A. CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

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

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

Gary Robinaugh, M.S., CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

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

Collaborators

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Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, MD, Ph.D

Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
Albalab

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Stephen Wilson, Ph.D

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Language Neuroscience Laboratory

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Pelagie Beeson, Ph.D

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona

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Bharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D

Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh
Chandrasekhan Lab

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Borna Bonakdarpour, MD

Department of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
See Bonakdarpour's profile at Northwestern Medicine

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Lindsey Wineholt M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Collaborator,
Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, UT Health Austin
See Lindsey's profile at UT Health Austin

Lab Alumni

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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

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.

If you are interested in participating in one of our research studies, please visit our Participate page.

If you are a student interested in getting involved in the lab’s research projects, please email us!

Email: aphasialab@austin.utexas.edu​

Lab phone:
512-471-3420

Location:
The ARTlab is located on the main University of Texas at Austin campus in CMB 1.110.