People

Personnel

Maya Henry's portrait

Maya Henry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lab Director

Dr. Henry is a speech-language pathologist by training. She did her master's and doctoral work at the University of Arizona, in the lab of Dr. Pelagie Beeson. Subsequently, she completed postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Her research interests lie in the nature and treatment of aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, with a special focus on primary progressive aphasia.

Heather Dial's portrait

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., CF-SLP

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Europa is a postdoctoral scholar and clinical fellow in speech-language pathology. He 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, and treatment-induced neural and behavioral changes in primary progressive aphasia.

Graduate Students, Clinical Fellows and Research Staff

Stephanie Grasso's portrait

Stephanie Grasso, M.A., CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Stephanie Grasso graduated with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands, and a M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the nature and treatment of bilingual aphasia caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease. In addition, she uses neuroimaging techniques to inform variability in treatment responsiveness in these populations.

Kristin Schaffer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Research Speech-Language Pathologist

Kristin is a research speech-language pathologist. She earned a bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida and a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at 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 the treatment of aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders.

Alex Pacl

Alex Pacl

Lab Manager

Alex Pacl is the ART Lab Manager and is currently completing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology at UT Austin. She earned a B.A. in English at Texas State University. Her research interests include the nature and treatment of acquired cognitive-linguistic communication disorders.

Charlotte Betteridge

Charlotte Betteridge

Assistant Lab Manager

Charlotte graduated with a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University. She is currently working on her masters degree in speech-language pathology at UT Austin. Her research interests include treatments of neurogenic communication disorders caused by stroke or neurodegenerative disease.

Ariane Welch

Ariane Welch, M.S.

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).

Lindsey

Lindsey Wineholt, M.A.

Clinical Fellow

Lindsey Wineholt is a Clinical Fellow at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences’ Cognitive Disorders Center at Dell Medical School, UT Health Austin and the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas, Austin. Lindsey specializes in the assessment and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders for individuals with neurodegenerative disease. Previously, she has worked as a Research Coordinator and Clinical Fellow at the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab under the direction of Maya Henry, PhD, CCC-SLP with a primary role in assessment and treatment of individuals with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and other forms of dementia.

Karinne Berstisk

Karinne Berstisk

Video Specialist

Karinne graduated from UT Austin with a degree in film production in 2010 and is now enrolled as a leveling student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. She currently assists in the Aphasia Research and Treatment lab with video script treatment creation.

Undergraduate Students

Alli Reibach's portrait

Alli Reibach

Greg Jebaily

Greg Jebaily

Madison Lee

Madison Lee

Meredith Davis

Meredith Davis

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

See Beeson's profile at The University of Arizona

Bharath Chandrasekaran's portrait

Bharath Chandrasekaran, Ph.D

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas, Austin

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

Alumni

Isabel Hubbard's portrait

Isabel Hubbard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Kaleigh Shuster's portrait

Kaleigh Shuster

Wylin Daigle's portrait

Wylin Daigle

Diana Cruz's portrait

Diana Cruz

Caroline Beltran's portrait

Caroline Beltran

Holly Hinshelwood's portrait

Holly Hinshelwood

Jessica Bauman