Visiting Scholars

Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Professor and Director of Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Dr. Winstein runs an interdisciplinary research program focused on understanding control, rehabilitation and recovery of goal-directed movements that emerge from a dynamic brainbehavior system in brain-damaged conditions. With NIH funding, she and her team are leading a multi-site phase III randomized controlled trial—ICARE (Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Recovery Evaluation) stroke initiative--to improve outpatient therapy for arm paresis after stroke. With funding from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, she led the first Physical Therapy Clinical Research Network, PTClinResNet that supported clinical research on the effectiveness of task-specific/muscle-specific training to enhance muscle performance and functional activities across four disability groups including adult spinal cord injury, children with cerebral palsy, adult stroke, and low back pain. In 2008, with NIDRR/DoE funding, she and her colleagues at USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital established a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) to study the challenges of growing older with and into disabilities and the positive effects that new technologies can have on independence, health and quality of life. Recently with funding from NICHD and in collaboration with colleagues at USC, Winstein launched a new development-of-concept trial, Optimizing Dosage of Rehabilitation after Stroke (DOSE) to ultimately determine prospectively the dose of therapy that maximizes the efficacy of treatment—determine the smallest effective dose for individual patients.

Learning and Memory Processes: Mechanisms and Application to NeuroRehabilitation (YouTube Video: 54 minutes)
Presentation April 6, 2012


Julius Fridriksson, PhD
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina

Julius Fridriksson, PhD

Julius Fridriksson is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina. A native of Iceland, Fridriksson received his PhD from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Dr. Audrey Holland. His research is mostly focused on the neurophysiology of aphasia recovery in stroke and speech processing in normal individuals. Research in Fridriksson’s lab is supported by grants from the NIDCD and NINDS.

Using tDCS to Improve Aphasia Treatment Outcome (YouTube Video: 40 min.)
Presentation June 8, 2011


Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD
Director, Health & Disabilities Research Institute - Professor, Health Policy & Management , Boston University School of Public Health

Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD

Alan M. Jette currently directs the Health & Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health where he also serves as Professor of Health Policy & Management. He received his BS in PT from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973. He has a M.P.H. and Ph.D. in public health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Jette's research interests include late-life exercise, evaluation of treatment outcomes, and the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability. Dr. Jette is Research Director for the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, Associate Director of the Boston Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and Director of the Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center funded by the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research.

Contemporary Measurement Theory & Computer Adaptive Tests (YouTube Video: 1 hour 1 min)
Presentation April 20, 2011


Lawrence W. Barsalou, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Emory University

Lawrence W. Barsalou, PhD

Lawrence Barsalou is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University. He received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1981. Barsalou's research addresses the nature of human knowledge, and its roles in perception, memory, language, and thought. The current theme of his research is that the human conceptual system is grounded in the brain's modal systems. Barsalou's research has been funded primarily by the National Science Foundation.

Language and Simulation in the Representation of Abstract Concepts (YouTube Video: 1 hour 12 min)
Presentation October 1, 2010


Anna Borghi, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Bologna

Dr. Borghi is also an associate researcher at the Laboratory of Autonomous Robotics and Artificial Life (LARAL), Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), National Reserch Council (CNR), Rome. She obtained her PhD in Psychology with a dissertation on the role of perception and action in categorization. Dr. Borghi is currently the coordinator of an FP7 project ROSSI (Emergence of communication in Robots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction). Dr. Borghi's main area of research is embodied cognition and the interaction between knowledge and perception and action. Her current interests focus on the relationships between object concepts and action, the role of affordances in categorization, the grounding of language in sensorimotor processes. She works using both experimental methods and computer simulations.

Seeing Hands, Seeing Objects, Seeing Words - PDF (1.5mb / 52 pages)
Presentation October 1, 2009


Karalyn Patterson, PhD
Senior Research Scientist at the MRC-CBU (Medical Research Council Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit) in Cambridge UK

Karalyn Patterson, PhD

Karalyn Patterson is a senior research scientist at the MRC-CBU (Medical Research Council Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit) in Cambridge UK, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Her educational background is in experimental psychology, with degrees from the Universities of Toronto (Canada), Michigan and California (USA) and Cambridge (UK). Her research on language and memory disorders includes cognitive testing of different patient groups, to obtain detailed patterns of processes that are impaired and those that are still relatively preserved, combined with structural and sometimes functional brain imaging to reveal malfunctioning brain regions.

Beyond the Scores: Clues to the nature of semantic disorders from the things patients say and do (YouTube Video: 59 min)
Presentation September 10, 2009


Lisa A. Edmonds, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders University of Florida

Lisa A. Edmonds, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lisa Edmonds, CCC-SLP, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida. Her primary research interests relate to lexical retrieval across a variety of language contexts (from single words to discourse) and modalities (e.g., spoken and writing) in monolingual English speakers and bilingual Spanish-English speakers and in persons with aphasia/bilingual aphasia. She is particularly interested in developing theoretically motivated treatments for aphasia, particularly Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST), to increase efficiency and communicativeness of lexical retrieval in sentences and discourse in persons with aphasia/bilingual aphasia.

Effects of Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) on Lexical Retrieval of Content Words in Sentences in Individuals with Aphasia (YouTube Video: 1 hour 40 min)
Presentation April 15, 2009


Caroline Schnakers, PhD
Research Fellow, Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center, New Jersey

Caroline Schnakers, PhD

Graduated as a Neuropsychologist from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 2003, Dr Schnakers joined the Coma Science Group in 2002 (www.comascience.org) and obtained her PhD in Psychological Sciences in 2008. She has an expertise in behavioural and electrophysiological assessments and is interested in the detection of early signs of consciousness in coma survivors.

Language and Simulation in the Representation of Abstract Concepts (YouTube Video: 46 min)
Presentation April 6, 2009


Joseph T. Giacino, PhD
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute Department of Neuroscience, Seton Hall University

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD is the Associate Director of Neuropsychology at the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Seton Hall University. Dr. Giacino is the primary author of the JFK Coma Recovery Scale-Revised and was instrumental in establishing a case definition for the minimally conscious state. His current research is focused on functional neuroimaging strategies and neuromodulatory interventions designed for patients with disorders of consciousness.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Preliminary Results of a Pilot Study (YouTube Video: 47 min)
Presentation July 21, 2008


John W. Krakauer MD
The Neurological Institute, Columbia University

John Krakauer, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of the Motor Performance Lab at the Neurological Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His research interests include experimental and computational approaches to motor learning and motor control; functional brain imaging of motor learning and motor recovery after stroke; and psychophysical studies of motor rehabilitation in patients with stroke.

Some New Thoughts About Motor Recovery After Stroke (YouTube Video: 1 hour 12 min)
Presentation March 6, 2008


Christopher D. Chambers, PhD
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Christopher D. Chambers, PhD

From 2002-2006, I was Coordinator of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Since January 2006, I have held a David Phillips Fellowship of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (U.K.), and am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. My research focuses principally on understanding the neural basis of human attention and cognitive control, using TMS, concurrent TMS/fMRI, and behavioural genetics.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and the Rehabilitation of Spatial Cognition. (YouTube Video: 54 min)
Presentation November 20, 2006


Patricia Gough, DPhil
Department of Exp. Psychology, University of Oxford

Patricia Gough, DPhil

Patricia Gough has just completed a DPhil with Prof. Kia Nobre and Dr. Joe Devlin at the University of Oxford U.K. Her DPhil work was on the role of the left inferior frontal gyrus in language processing. She used TMS, fMRI, and ERP to investigate the possibility of fractionating the inferior frontal gyrus into regions with varying involvement in semantic, phonological, and grammatical processing. She is currently working as a postdoc, with Dr. Kate Watkins at Oxford, on a project investigating developmental stuttering.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and its application to the Cognitive Neuroscientific study of Language. (YouTube Video: 32 min.)
Presentation September 13, 2006


Sarah H. Creem-Regehr, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Utah

Sarah H. Creem-Regehr, PhD

My research program involves several focus areas in space and object perception that are tied together by a common perspective that studying action representations is essential for studying visual cognition. One line of research asks how to define the modularity of the visual system with respect to functionally separate but interactive visual processing streams for perception and action. My second line of research examines the neural and cognitive mechanisms involved in spatial transformations of the self and of the external world. Most recently, I have been using virtual environments to examine perception, action, and spatial cognition, and at the same time asking fundamental questions about how virtual environments are perceived. This work involves an active interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty and students in computer science. My approach is to use both cognitive and functional neuroimaging methods to obtain converging evidence for the processes defining visual cognition.

Representing Objects and Actions: What is special about tools? (YouTube Video: 53 min)
Presentation July 17, 2006


Matthew A. Lambon Ralph, PhD
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester

Matthew A. Lambon Ralph, PhD

I obtained my PhD from York University and then worked at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (Cambridge). Moved from there to the University of Bristol, Department of Experimental Psychology, as a Lecturer. I came to Manchester in 2001 as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience within the School of Psychological Sciences. I am also the Director of the University's Neuroscience Research Institute (NRI). I am an Action Editor for Cognitive Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and on the editorial board for Memory, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, Psychologia, Neurocase, and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. I was an executive committee member for The British Neuropsychological Society (2001-4) and was the vice-chair for the British Aphasiology Society (2000-2005). I was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2003.

A Role for Executive Functions in Errorful and Errorless Learning: Evidence from Aphasia (YouTube Video: 45 min)
Presentation July 10, 2006