Aphasia Rehabilitation & Bilingualism Research Lab

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Welcome to the Aphasia Rehabilitation & Bilingualism Research Lab

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder most often caused by stroke (as well as traumatic brain injury, dementia, and more). Aphasia results in impairments in the production and comprehension of language that can significantly compromise a person’s ability to communicate in all facets of life. At the heart of the lab’s mission is clinical research focused on the development and systematic evaluation of novel treatments for aphasia that aim to improve effective communication in persons with aphasia.

 

Our current and ongoing research involves projects that target:

    • Improved word retrieval in spoken and written/typed sentences and discourse (Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST)
    • Improved written discourse (Attentive Reading and Constrained Summarization-Writing (ARCS-W)
    • The effectiveness of some of aphasia treatment provided through telerehabilitation (where the participants are at home, and the clinicians are in the clinic), since there is a pressing need to provide access to treatment to people who cannot regularly get to a therapist.  
    • The development of assessment materials for persons with Spanish-English bilingual aphasia, as there is a shortage of materials to assess the effects of aphasia in this population
    • Assessment of writing impairments (dysgraphia) in the typed modality
    • Variables that affect reading comprehension (via eye tracking)

Contact Us

Aphasia Rehabilitation & Bilingualism Research Lab

Teachers College, Columbia University * Location: 954 Thorndike Hall
525 W 120th Street, New York, New York 10027-6696

Director: Dr. Lisa Edmonds * Email: aphasialab@tc.columbia.edu