The Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab (ARTlab), under the direction of Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP, is housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. Research in the lab is directed at improving our understanding of how the brain supports speech and language processes and how targeted treatment programs may improve communication impairments caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease. The lab utilizes current approaches in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, and cognitive rehabilitation to address these issues. Read more about Dr. Henry and the ARTlab here.
Translating Cognitive Neuroscience into Clinical Intervention
What is aphasia?
Aphasia is an acquired impairment of language caused by damage to the brain. It can be caused by a stroke, a neurodegenerative process such as Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia, or a head injury.
Is there help available for people with aphasia?
Yes! In fact, a growing body of treatment research indicates that targeted behavioral treatments can improve communication skills in individuals with aphasia with both functionally meaningful and lasting effects.
Join Our Team
University of Texas, Austin and University of California, San Francisco Research speech-language pathologist (or Postdoctoral fellow)
The Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab at the University of Texas, Austin (PI: Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP) and Language Neurobiology Lab at the University of California San Francisco (PI: Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, MD, PhD) are seeking to fill full-time clinical research positions at both lab locations. Research in these two collaborating labs is directed at improving our understanding of how the brain supports speech and language processes; how the cognitive processes and neural structures involved in communication are affected by neurodegeneration; and how targeted treatment programs may ameliorate communication impairments caused by neurodegenerative disease. The labs utilize current approaches in cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience (EEG, structural and functional MRI, MEG), cognitive rehabilitation, and neuromodulation (tDCS) to address these issues.
Responsibilities will include:
- Participant screening/assessment, and treatment implementation for studies examining the nature and treatment of progressive aphasia and related disorders
- Neuroimaging and behavioral data collection and analysis (prior experience with neuroimaging is encouraged, but not required, as training will be provided)
- Generation of presentations and manuscripts from research findings
Requirements for the positions include:
- Graduate degree in speech-language pathology (CCC preferred)
- English proficiency
- Clinical (and, ideally research) experience with neurogenic cognitive/communication disorders
- Ability to work well in a collaborative environment
Preferred start date is Summer, 2018, but alternative dates will be considered. If interested, please send a cover letter and CV with references to: Drs. Maya Henry and Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini (firstname.lastname@example.org)