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Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders
Family Research Scholar 2010-11
Yu-Kyong Choe’s research interests include interdisciplinary stroke rehabilitation, computerized treatment in aphasia and apraxia, augmentative and alternative communication, and individual differences in understanding speech. Her past research supports the use of interactive computer technology as a tool to improve language and cognitive function. As a Family Scholar, Choe will continue this research by looking specifically at the impact of new humanoid robotic technology on three specific outcome measures (functional recovery, quality of life, and burden of care). In the initial phase of the study, she will work to develop a computer program that addresses speech-language deficits specific to individual stroke survivors. In the second and third phases, she will install this speech program into the robot and look at the impact of robot-mediated rehabilitation on arm functions as well as language and cognitive functions. If this technology proves helpful, she hopes to introduce it to clinical and residential settings for more intensive and consistent intervention.
American Heart Association - National Program
"Interdisciplinary Stroke Rehabilitation Delivered by a Humanoid Robot"