Ann Marie Finley's research path started as an undergraduate at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During her first two years at Emory, she worked as a research assistant studying child language development in the Psychology Department. While working in the Psychology Department, she completed an independent project and presented it in a poster at a university symposium. In her last years at Emory, Ann Marie shifted to more clinically-focused research with adults at the Emory Voice Center, where she worked to develop a novel scale examining patient satisfaction for treatment of a voice disorder. Ann Marie shared this research at multiple national conferences during her time at the Emory Voice Center. Subsequently, she completed her master of science in speech-language pathology at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. While at Rush, she designed and completed a thesis project examining swallow rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease using a motor learning framework. This novel swallowing intervention resulted in quantitative improvement in swallow function across a six week treatment window.
Currently, Ann Marie studies semantic memory in Dr. Jamie Reilly's Concepts and Cognition Lab at Temple University. Her focus is on integrating behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to study neural substrates of language. Ann Marie is particularly interested in changes in semantic memory secondary to normal aging and in neurodegenerative disease. In particular, she is interested in how subtle shifts in language use and access may predict abnormal cognitive decline in aging.