Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Jamie Reilly

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Associate Professor




Director of The Memory, Concepts, and Cognition Lab

Course Involvement

CSC+DIS 4979 Honors in Communication Sciences

Neurolinguistics & Neurotrauma: Design & Disorders


Journal Articles (published, forthcoming, & in review)                                                          

*denotes student co-author

  1. Reilly J, *Hung J, & Westbury C (in preparation).  Making the jump from word form to meaning: Listener sensitivity to formal markers of word concreteness across seven natural languages.  
  2. *Hung J, Reilly J, & Edmonds L (in preparation). An eyetracking investigation of semantic associative relations among static actions and objects.
  3. *Troche J, Crutch SJ, & Reilly J (under review). Hierarchical organization in the topography of English abstract and concrete words. Frontiers in Cognitive Science.
  4. Reilly J, Harnish S, *Garcia A, *Hung J, Rodriguez A, & Crosson B (revision under review).  Lesion correlates of generative naming of manipulable objects in aphasia: Implications for embodied cognition. Cognitive Neuropsychology.
  5. Benjamin ML, Towler S, *Garcia A, *Park H, Sudhyadhom A, Harnish S, McGregor KM, Reilly J,  Rosenbek JC, Gonzalez -Rothi LJ, Zlatar Z, & Crosson B (in press).  Intention manipulation creates rightward shift in lateral frontal activity for word production in aphasia treatment. Neural Regeneration and Neural Repair.
  6.  Crutch SJ, *Troche J, Reilly J, & Ridgway G (2013). Abstract conceptual feature ratings: the role of emotion, magnitude and other cognitive domains in the organization of abstract conceptual knowledge. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:186. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00186.
  7. Chrysikou L, Ramey CH, & Reilly J (2013).  Snapshots of children’s changing biases during language development: Differential weighting of perceptual and linguistic factors predicts noun age-of-acquisition.  Journal of Cognition and Development.
  8. Reilly J, Westbury C, Kean J, & Peelle JE (2012).  Natural language arbitrary symbolism revisited: when word forms carry meaning.  PLoS One, 7(8): e42286, 1-15.
  9. *Rodriguez A, McCabe M, Nocera J, & Reilly J (2012). Effects of word meaning on standing balance and finger tapping: Further evidence for language-motor interaction.  PLoS One, 7(5), 370-394.
  10. *Troche J, Troche M, Berkowitz R, Grossman M, & Reilly J (2012).  Tone discrimination as a window into acoustic perceptual deficits in Parkinson’s Disease.  American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21, 258-263.
  11. Martin N & Reilly J (2012).  Short-term/working memory impairments in aphasia: Data, models, and their application to rehabilitation.  Aphasiology, 26(3-4), 253-257.
  12. Reilly J, *Troche J, *Paris A, *Park H, Kalinyak-Fliszar M, & Martin N (2012). Lexicality effects in word and nonword recall of semantic dementia and progressive nonfluent aphasia. Aphasiology, 26(4), 404-427.
  13. Reilly J & *Fisher J (2012). Sherlock Holmes and the strange case of the missing attribution: A historical note on the Grandfather Passage. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 84-88.
  14. *Park H, Rogalski Y, Rodriguez A, *Benjamin M, *Zlatar Z, Bennett J, Harnish S, Rosenbek JC, Crosson B, & Reilly J (2011).  Discriminating fluent from nonfluent aphasia: Which perceptual features count? Aphasiology, 25(9), 998-1015.
  15. *Rogalski Y, Peelle JE, & Reilly J (2011). Effects of perceptual enrichment on visual confrontation naming in adult aging. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1349-160.
  16. Reilly J & Kean J (2011). Information content and word frequency: Word length matters.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. [author reply] doi pnas.1103035108.
  17. Reilly J, Antonucci S, Peelle JE, & Grossman M (2011).  Anomia as a marker of distinctive semantic impairments in Alzheimer’s Disease and Semantic Dementia. Neuropsychology, 25(4), 413-426.
  18. Reilly J, *Rodriguez A, Peelle JE, & Grossman M (2011). Frontal lobe damage impairs process and content in semantic memory: Evidence from category specific effects in progressive nonfluent aphasia. Cortex, 47, 645-658.  
  19. Harnish S, Neils-Strunjas J, Eliassen J, Reilly J, Meinzer M, Clark J, & Joseph J (2010). Visual discrimination predicts naming and semantic association accuracy in Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 23(4), 231-239.
  20. Reilly J, *Rodriguez A, Lamy M, & Neils-Strunjas J (2010). Cognition, language, and clinical pathological course of non-Alzheimer’s dementias: An overview.  Journal of Communication Disorders, 43, 438–452.
  21. Antonucci S & Reilly J (2008). Semantic memory and language: A primer. Seminars in Speech and Language, 29(1), 1-17.
  22. Reilly J & Peelle JE (2008). Effects of semantic impairment on language processing in semantic dementia. Seminars in Speech and Language, 29(1), 32-43.
  23. Reilly J (2008). Semantic memory and language processing in dementia and aphasia: Preface. Seminars in Speech and Language, 29(1), 1-4.
  24. Reilly J, Chrysikou E, & Ramey CH (2007). Support for hybrid models of the age of acquisition of English nouns. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14(7), 1164-1170.
  25. Reilly J, Troiani V, Grossman M, & Wingfield A (2007). An introduction to hearing loss and screening procedures for behavior research. Behavior Research Methods, 39(3), 667-672.
  26. Reilly J, *Cross K, Troiani V, & Grossman M (2007). Single word semantic judgments in semantic dementia: Do phonology and grammatical class count? Aphasiology, 21(6), 558-569.
  27. Reilly J & Kean J (2007). Formal distinctiveness of high- and low-imageability nouns: Analyses and theoretical implications. Cognitive Science, 31, 1-12.
  28. Reilly J, Martin N, & Grossman M (2005). Verbal learning in semantic dementia: Is repetition priming a useful strategy? Aphasiology, 19(3/4/5), 329-339.
  29. Reilly J & Donaher J (2005). Verbal working memory skill and strategy use of children who stutter: A preliminary investigation. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 32, 38-42.

Book Chapters

  1. Reilly J (forthcoming 2013). Language disorders.  In H Miller (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Press.
  2. *Garcia A & Reilly J (forthcoming 2013). Linguistic disruption in Alzheimer’s Disease and associated dementias.  In R Bahr (Ed), Handbook of Communication Disorders. London, UK.  Routledge Press.
  3. Reilly J & *Hung J (forthcoming 2013). Communication in the dementias. In L. Cummings (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders.  Cambridge, UK.  Cambridge University Press.
  4. Reilly J & Martin N (forthcoming 2013). Transcortical sensory aphasia and semantic processing. In LJ Gonzalez- Rothi & AM Raymer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Aphasia and Language Disorders. Oxford, UK. Oxford University Press.
  5. Reilly J, *Troche J, & Grossman M. (2011). Language processing in dementia (pp 336-368). In A. Budson and N. Kowell (Eds.), The Handbook of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, Inc.
  6. Lamy M, Reilly J, & Neils-Strunjas J (2011).  The Dementias: An overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. In M. Kimbarow (Ed.), Cognitive Communication Disorders (pp 169-218). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.


  1. Martin N & Reilly J (Eds). (2012). Short term and working memory impairments in aphasia.  London:  Routledge/Psychology Press.  ISBN-10: 184872764X.

Grants & Contracts

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.