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Gerry A. Stefanatos

Gerry A. Stefanatos, D.Phil. Temple University Department of Communications Sciences

Associate Professor

Contact

Weiss Hall 161
1701 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-8402
stefang@temple.edu

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada)
  • DPhil, Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Oxford (Oxford, England, UK)
  • BA, Psychology, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Biography

Gerry A. Stefanatos, DPhil, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal and his doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Oxford in England. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario, he taught at Trinity University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He then moved to Philadelphia to become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Director of Neuropsychological Services at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. In 1993, he accepted a position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and began his own Center for Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology. He then went on to pursue a research career as Director of the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and collaborated on functional neuroimaging studies with colleagues at the Center for Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University in 2007 and heads the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory. Dr. Stefanatos has received funding from the National Institute on Deafness and Communicative Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Albert Einstein Society.

Research

Dr. Stefanatos’ recent explorations of the nature and basis of neurogenic language disorders integrate neuropsychological/neurolinguistic approaches to the study of brain function with advanced functional neuroimaging techniques, such as brain electrical source localization and functional magnetic resonance imaging. His interdisciplinary work on acquired epileptiform aphasia and regressive autism resulted in passage of a congratulatory resolution (HR 307) (click here) by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1997, in recognition of his scientific and clinical contributions. He has extended his work in this area to studies seeking to understand brain plasticity and the changes that accompany recovery from stroke and other cerebrovascular insults to the brain. Among the studies currently under way, he is examining the extent to which pharmacologic and behavioral interventions promote adaptive functional and structural changes in brain organization and enhance recovery of function.

Dr. Stefanatos has written numerous articles published in scientific journals and has authored several chapters in textbooks in the field of neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. These have covered conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, Asperger's disorder, developmental language disorder, and aphasia. His editorial responsibilities have included reviewing research papers for "Brain and Development, “Brain and Cognition, Neuropsychologia, Biological Psychiatry, Child Neuropsychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, Neurocase, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Journal of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. He has also served on scientific review committees for the National Institute of Health.

Areas of Specialization

  • Pediatric and adult neuropsychology
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging of auditory and language processing
  • Cognitive neurophysiology (Event-Related Potentials)
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Developmental disorders
  • Aphasia