Ruth Fink, MA, CCC-SLP

Ruth Fink

Ruth Fink, MA, CCC-SLP, is Clinical Director of MossRehab Aphasia Center and Research Associate of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute. As a clinical researcher specializing in aphasia rehabilitation, she has served as Co-PI and Project Director on federally funded treatment grants in the areas of sentence processing and word retrieval disorders and has also received funding from private foundations for her work in developing and investigating theoretically motivated computer-assisted applications in aphasia rehabilitation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aphasia assessment and rehabilitation including: sentence processing and word retrieval deficits; technological approaches to aphasia rehabilitation; social/functional approaches in aphasia rehabilitation
  • Software design and development
  • Translational research/program development: integrating research findings into a clinical rehabilitation program for individuals with chronic aphasia

Programs of Research

  • Developing and testing new computer technology to serve the needs of providers and consumers of aphasia therapy.
  • Testing the efficacy of a portable AAC system for functional communication
  • Investigating the effects of speech recognition technology in a computer-assisted naming treatment
  • Investigating the efficacy of a computer-assisted naming treatment
  • Investigations of lexical retrieval, verbal short term memory and learning


Schwartz, M.F., Saffran, E.M., Fink, R.B., Myers, J.L. & Martin, N. (1994). Mapping Therapy: A treatment program for agrammatism. Aphasiology, 8, 19-54. 

Fink, R.B., Martin, N., Schwartz, M.F., Saffran, E.M. & Myers, J.L. (1993). Facilitation of Verb Retrieval Skills in Aphasia: A Comparison of Two Approaches. M.L. Lemme (ed). Clinical Aphasiology, Austin, TX: Pro-ed. 21.

Fink, R.B., Schwartz, M.F., Rochon, E., Myers, J.L., Socolof, G.S. & Bluestone, R. (1995). Syntax stimulation revisited: An analysis of generalization of treatment effect. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 4, 99-104.

Schwartz, M.F., Fink, R.B. & Saffran, E.M. (1995). The Modular Treatment of Agrammatism. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 5, 93-127.

Schwartz, M.F., & Fink, R.B. (1996). Rehabilitation of Aphasia. In Feinberg, T. & Farrah, M. (eds). Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology. McGraw-Hill.

Fink, R.B., Schwartz, M.F., Sobel, P.R., Meyers, J.L. (1997). Effects of multilevel training on verb retrieval: Is More Always Better? Brain and Language (Academy of Aphasia Conference Proceedings) 60,1, 41-44.

Fink, R.B., & Schwartz, M.F. (2000). MossRehab Aphasia Center: A collaborative model for long term rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 7, 2, 32-43.

Fink, R.B., Lowery, J., Sobel, P. (2002) Clinical Narrative. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Newsletter: Special Interest Division 2, 12, 3, 25-29.

Fink, R.B., Brecher, A., Schwartz, M.F., & Robey, R.R. (2002). A computer implemented protocol for treatment of naming disorders: Evaluation of clinician-guided and partially self-guided instruction. Aphasiology, 16, 1061-1086.

Martin, N., Fink, R.B., Laine, M., Ayala, J. (2004) Immediate and short term effects of contextual priming on word retrieval impairments in aphasia. Aphasiology, 18, 867-898.

Martin, N., Fink, R.B., Laine, M. ( 2004) Treatment of word retrieval deficits with contextual priming. Aphasiology, 18, 457-475. 

Fink, R.B., Brecher, A., Sobel, P. and Schwartz, M.F. (2005) Computer-assisted treatment of word retrieval deficits in aphasia. Aphasiology, 19, 943-954.

Martin, N., Fink, R.B., Renvall, K., and Laine, M. (2006). Effectiveness of contextual priming treatments for anomia depends on intact access to semantics. Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 12, 853-866. PMID 17064448

Bartlett, M.R., Fink, R.B., Schwartz, M.F., & Linebarger, M. (2007). Informativeness ratings of messages created on an AAC processing prosthesis. Aphasiology, 21 (5), 475 - 498. PMID 18648580

Fink, R.B., Bartlett, M.R., Lowery, J.S., Linebarger, M.C., and Schwartz, M.F. (2008) Aphasic speech with and without SentenceShaper: Two methods for assessing informativeness. Aphasiology, 22, 679-690. PMID 18846247

Linebarger, M.C., Romania, J.F., Fink, R.B., Bartlett, M.R, Schwartz, M.F. (2008). Building on residual speech: A portable processing prosthesis for aphasia. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45, 1401-1414. PMID 19319763