ANCDS Podcasts


The purposes of the Academy are professional, clinical, educational, scientific and charitable and are ultimately to encourage the highest quality of life for those with communication disorders.

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Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, CCC-SLP, uses sociolinguistic description and theory about talk at work to develop new ways to assess and treat persons with TBI who hope to return to stable employment. He runs the Social Communication and Cognitive Abilities Lab where he has developed online assessment and treatment tools for social communication deficits after TBI. He is interested in increasing life participation after brain injury through employment and volunteer options. At the time of this interview, he was the chair of the ANCDS Writing Group for Traumatic Brain Injury and is currently the Editor for SIG2 Perspectives Journal as well as Assistant professor at The University of Kentucky.

Jul 21

59 min 56 sec

Nayiri Adessian is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from Montclair State University and her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in May 2018. Nayiri completed her clinical fellowship at Nancy Sedat and Associates, an out-patient private practice, and continues to work there as a therapist. She evaluates and treats patients with adult neurogenic communication, voice and swallowing disorders. She has a special interest in working with individuals with aphasia. Zack DeWall is a clinical fellow in speech pathology at the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute within the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his master’s degree in speech pathology from Vanderbilt University in August of 2019 Hillary X. Enclade is currently a speech-language pathologist at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. She received her master’s degree in communicative disorders from California State University, Northridge in Spring of 2018 and completed a clinical fellowship at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in August 2019.

Jul 2020

1 hr 3 min

Brendan Constantine is a nationally recognized poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in many of the nation’s poetry standards, including Best American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Poem-a-Day. His first book, ‘Letters to Guns’ (2009 Red Hen Press) received wide acclaim and is now taught in schools across the country. His most recent collections are ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016) from Red Hen Press, and a chapbook ‘Bouncy Bounce’ (2018) from Blue Horse Press. Mr. Constantine has received support and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on TED ED, NPR's All Things Considered, KPFK's Poet’s Café, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches at the Windward School. “The Opposites Game” - Brendan Constantine reads at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival - "The Translation" by Brendan Constantine -

Nov 2019

51 min 2 sec

Ronda Winans-Mitrik, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2009. She began her career at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) by providing intensive, evidence-based aphasia treatment to veterans and active duty service members from across the United States through the Program for Intensive Aphasia Treatment & Education (PIRATE). Since that time, she has provided countless hours of aphasia assessment and intervention services to patients with a wide range of aphasia severities. During her time with PIRATE, she developed the clinical processes for in-person and remote candidacy evaluations and follow-up using tele-practice technology. She is a recipient of the 2012 Association of Veteran Affairs Speech Language Pathologists (AVASLP) Outstanding Achievement Award for her work with the PIRATE Clinical Team and co-authored a peer-reviewed manuscript in 2014 that details the PIRATE program’s description, rationale, clinical processes, and outcomes. Dr. Patrick J. Doyle is a Speech Language Pathologist whose clinical and research work is focused on the rehabilitation of language processing disorders following brain injury. He is an Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and has received the Honors of the Association of VA Speech Language Pathologists. Dr. Doyle previously served as a Visiting Scientist in the Assessment, Classification and Epidemiology Unit of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where he collaborated on the revision of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF). He is the developer of the Burden of Stroke Scale (BOSS) and the Founding Director of the Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education (PIRATE).

Jul 2019

1 hr 8 min

Heather Clark, PhD, BC-ANCDS, is Chair of Speech Pathology in the Department of Neurology and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is board-certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical responsibilities include differential diagnosis of communication and swallowing disorders in adults and children. Dr. Clark serves as co-investigator in several projects examining the nature of speech, language, and swallowing impairment in degenerative neurologic disease.

Dec 2018

1 hr 26 min

Ramani Voleti, M.S., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is an assistant teaching professor and speech language pathologist at the Gebbie Clinic at Syracuse University. She has several years of experience working in different settings and in different countries (India, Malaysia, Botswana, and US). Her clinical and research interests include acquired neurogenic speech/language disorders, dysphagia, and voice disorders in adults. She teaches courses in neurogenic communication disorders and professional issues in medical settings. She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and is board certified in neurogenic communication disorders in adults by ANCDS. Clinic webpage:

Oct 2018

1 hr 7 min

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State University. She received her PhD in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab at Georgia State University ( Her research interests include aphasia, stress, depression, and integrative health. Her work has been funded by the NIH, ANCDS, as well as other entities. Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD (CCC-SLP) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Special Education at the University of Georgia. She is also a mindfulness instructor, certified life coach and yoga instructor, reiki master, and shamanic practitioner. Her primary research interests include integrative treatments such as mindfulness for aphasia, attention, and aging. Dr. Marshall's Aphasia and Aging Research Lab - Dr. Marshall's Profile -

Apr 2018

1 hr 8 min

Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders after right hemisphere brain damage (RHD) and mild traumatic brain injury. Her work includes basic research on underlying deficits and treatment studies. She is the author of The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication as well as numerous articles and chapters on RHD. Dr. Blake has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based practice for disorders associated with RHD as well as ethics for speech-language pathologists. She served as the President of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences (ANCDS) in 2014, and has held leadership roles in the Clinical Aphasiology Conference and the Neurogenic Communication Disorders special interest group of ASHA. UH Communication Sciences & Disorders The Awareness of Social Inferences Test Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning & Executive Strategies The Montreal Protocol for the Evaluation of Communication

Oct 2017

1 hr 8 min

McKay Moore Sohlberg is a Full Professor and Director of the Communication Disorders & Sciences Program at University of Oregon, and a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Sohlberg has published numerous articles, chapters, and manuals on managing cognitive impairments following acquired brain injury and is co-author of two leading textbooks in the field. She has been funded on a number of federal projects supporting the development and evaluation of assistive technology to deliver cognitive rehabilitation, and to help individuals with cognitive impairment more fully integrate into their communities. EGAS evaluation The eGAS app is available as a beta app using Apple’s TestFlight service. We can add a bunch of email addresses to a 60 day test session, and then an invitation code will be sent to all the email addresses. Then, you just download the Apple TestFlight app, paste in the invitation code, and you’ll get the app for 60 days. After 60 days, if you want to keep trying it out, we can start a new test session. If people want to try it, they can send their email address

Aug 2017

57 min 52 sec

Dr. Julie Wambaugh, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah and is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. She teaches graduate courses in Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders. She has been conducting research focused on clinically-applicable treatments for apraxia of speech and aphasia for many years and has published extensively on these topics. Her research has been funded for many years by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has been Chair of the AOS Treatment Guidelines writing committee and is currently an active member of that committee. Dr. Wambaugh is an ASHA Fellow. Strand, E. A., Duffy, J. R., Clark, H. M., & Josephs, K. (2014). The apraxia of speech rating scale: a tool for diagnosis and description of apraxia of speech. Journal of Communication Disorders, 51, 43-50. Full article at: Ballard, K. J., Azizi, L., Duffy, J. R., McNeil, M. R., Halaki, M., O’Dwyer, N., . . . Robin, D. A. (2016). A predictive model for diagnosing stroke-related apraxia of speech. Neuropsychologia, 81, 129-139. Full article at:

Jun 2017

1 hr 3 min

In this interview, we talk to Dr. Natalie Douglas about implementation science, treating cognition in nursing home residents with dementia, and the challenges of being an SLP in a skilled nursing facility. Dr. Douglas is an assistant professor in the Communication Disorders Department of Central Michigan University. Her research aims to advance implementation science, communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, and life participation approaches to the treatment of aphasia. She is actively involved with the Global Implementation Initiative and serves on an international committee charged with consolidating tools to drive both organizational and individual change as it relates to evidence-based practice implementation.

Jan 2017

1 hr 6 min

Rebecca Lewthwaite received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management, and Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. Dr. Lewthwaite’s research focuses on the role of motivational enhancements in motor performance and learning, in diverse individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Wulf, G., & Lewthwaite, R. (2016). Optimizing performance through intrinsic motivation and attention for learning: The OPTIMAL theory of motor learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(5), 1382-1414. Freedman, S. E., Maas, E., Caligiuri, M. P., Wulf, G., & Robin, D. A. (2007). Internal versus external: Oral-motor performance as a function of attentional focus. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50(1), 131-136.

Oct 2016

1 hr 2 min

In this episode of the podcast, members of the ANCDS Board Certification Committee discuss what it means to be board certified in neurologic communications disorders, what the process is like, and what reviewers looks for in submitted cases. Joining this conversation are Kathryn Atkinson (SLP Clinical Supervisor, Central Michigan University), Edna Babbitt (Research SLP, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), and Gail Ramsberger (Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder). Go to for more information on Board Certification.

Sep 2016

1 hr 14 min

Shirley Morganstein first learned about aphasia while an undergraduate at NYU. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota, and, as she says, was privileged to have Hildred Schuell and her staff at the Minnesota VA Hospital as teachers. After her return to NYC, she worked at Rusk Institute, with Martha Taylor Sarno, The Mount Sinai Hospital, and then the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in New Jersey. In 2004, she and her long-time colleague, Marilyn Certner Smith, formed a Life Participation practice in Montclair, called Speaking of Aphasia. Now semi-retired, she continues to see patients and is an adjunct professor at New York University. She has published two aphasia workbooks with Marilyn Center Smith, and maintains a blog on Word Press called Relationship and Reflection in Aphasia Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys writing and exploring the art of Ikebana. Relationship and Reflection in Aphasia Therapy blog - Speaking Of Aphasia Twitter handle ‏@SOALLC -

Jun 2016

1 hr 10 min

ANCDS Podcast Ep. 4 - Treatment of Aphasia in Persons with Primary Progressive Aphasia Maya is a speech-language pathologist by training. She did her master’s and doctoral work at the University of Arizona, in the lab of Dr. Pelagie Beeson. Subsequently, she completed postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is the director of the Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab. She teaches courses on aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders as well as the cognitive and neural bases of speech and language. Her research interests lie in the nature and treatment of aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, with a special focus on primary progressive aphasia. Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

Jun 2016

1 hr 6 min

ANCDS Podcast Ep. 3 - An Interview With Leanne Togher: speechBITE and Challenges to Evidence-Based Practice Professor Leanne Togher is a speech pathologist and researcher based at The University of Sydney, Australia. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow of The University of Sydney. Leanne specialises in communication disorders following traumatic brain injury and stroke. Her research examines treatment efficacy and communication partner training for families, friends and carers of people with acquired brain injury. Leanne is also the Director of the evidence based practice speechBITE website ( Information about TBI Express partner training can be found at

May 2016

1 hr 9 min

ANCDS Podcast Ep. 2 - An Interview With Felicity Bright: The Patient’s Engagement and Experience with You, the Speech Pathologist Felicity Bright is a speech and language therapist and lecturer at Aukland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Felicity’s research is situated at the intersections of rehabilitation, professional practice and clinical education. Her current research focuses on how students and rehabilitation providers interact with and engage people in rehabilitation. In this episode, we discussed what engagement is, how to assess and promote it, along with the role of the therapeutic relationship and hope. Felicity can be found on twitter at @flissbright or at The following open-access papers related to our conversation are available for download: "A conceptual review of engagement in healthcare and rehabilitation": "Implementing a client-centred approach in rehabilitation: An autoethnography": "Hope in people with aphasia":

Mar 2016

53 min 44 sec

ANCDS Podcast Ep. 1 - Interview with Dr. Julius Fridriksson: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and the Treatment of Persons with Aphasia Topic: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in the Treatment of Persons with Aphasia Speaker: Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D. Professor Director, Aphasia Laboratory University of South Carolina Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Arnold School of Public Health Columbia, SC 29208

Nov 2015

32 min 3 sec