National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), 2014-2019
Role: Principal Investigator (R01 DC013063)
This project will investigate the effectiveness of a unique language therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. We will train patients on a finite vocabulary of 100 words during early stage dementia and gauge maintenance and functional benefits as disease severity worsens. We will identify neural and behavioral correlates of treatment effectiveness and investigate the nature of the semantic impairment associated with these patient populations using eyetracking and structural MRI.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), 2009-2014
Role: Principal Investigator (K23 DC010197)
Title: Structure of semantic memory and its measurement in dementia and aphasia
This career development award has both training and research components. For the training component I will gain expertise in imaging, electrophysiology and clinical research methods. For the research component, we will investigate the structure of semantic memory using fMRI and event related potentials. An additional aim is development and validation of a standardized measure of semantic memory.
Veterans Administration Sensory Systems & Communicative Disorders: Merit Review, 2013-2017
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Title: Dosage and predictors of naming treatment response in aphasia
This project will examine neural and behavioral correlates of response to a semantically-oriented naming treatment in post stroke aphasia. I will be aiding in voxel-based lesion symptom mapping analyses at the Pittsburgh site.