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.

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Heather Dial, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Dial received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston (2010, Summa Cum Laude with University Honors and Honors in Major) and her PhD in Psychology from Rice University (2016) working under the guidance of Dr. Randi Martin. In her graduate research, she investigated models of speech perception and phonological short-term memory using evidence from behavior, eye-tracking, and structural neuroimaging in individuals with stroke-induced aphasia. Her current research interests lie in developing effective behavioral treatments for individuals with primary progressive aphasia and defining the neural bases of treatment-induced gains.

Eduardo Europa

Eduardo Europa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Europa has a BA with high honors in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley, and received a MA and PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University under the guidance of Dr. Cynthia K. Thompson. His research interests include the neurobiological mechanisms of language processing, as well as longitudinal and treatment-induced neural and behavioral changes in primary progressive aphasia.

Karinne Berstisk

Karinne Berstis, M.A., CF-SLP

Clinical Fellow

Karinne has worked for the Aphasia Lab since 2017 and is currently a clinical fellow and research speech-language pathologist. 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. Carly is currently based out of the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests include investigating treatments for aphasia and alexia caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease.

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Liz Chinchilla, B.A.

Research Associate and Lab Manager

Liz received a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Oklahoma. She is a research associate in the Multilingual Aphasia and Dementia Research Lab under Dr. Stephanie Grasso. She is interested in learning more about treatment approaches for bilingual and multilingual adults with neurogenic communication disorders. Liz is passionate about the ways narratives and data intersect to better advocate for patients from diverse backgrounds.

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

Ariane Welch

Ariane Welch, MSLP

Clinical Fellow

Ariane Welch is a clinical fellow in speech-language pathology. She has a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons & University Medal) in Semiotics from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include motor speech disorders and the treatment of Primary Progressive Aphasia via transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Collaborators

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini's portrait

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, MD, Ph.D

Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Albalab

Stephen Wilson, Ph.D's portrait

Stephen Wilson, Ph.D

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Language Neuroscience Laboratory

Pelagie Beeson's portrait

Pelagie Beeson, Ph.D

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona

Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona

Bharath Chandrasekaran's portrait

Bharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D

Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh

Chandrasekhan Lab

Borna Bonakdarpour's portrait

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