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Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders
Family Research Scholar 2009-10
Jacquie Kurland is interested in the psychosocial effects of stroke induced aphasia (acquired neurogenic language impairment). Her work investigates brain reorganization following intensive therapy for individuals with aphasia. This research centers around the idea that family members of affected individuals can be highly influential in improving outcomes of intensive language therapy for those with aphasia. As a Scholar, Kurland developed several grant proposals in order to fund and administer a residential summer program of intensive language therapy. Family members would receive counseling and training in conversation techniques aimed at reinforcing the therapeutic gains of individuals receiving the therapy. Little is known about the changes to quality of life associated with aphasia. Kurland hopes to develop a formal tool for assessment of changes in quality of life for those with aphasia.
National Institutes of Health
"Overcoming Learned Non-Use in Chronic Aphasia: Behavioral, fMRI, and QoL Outcomes"