Sarah Villard

Sarah Villard photoEDUCATION

  • PhD in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Boston University (2016)
  • MS in Speech-Language Pathology, Boston University (2012)
  • MA in English: Language & Linguistics, University of New Hampshire (2009)
  • BA in English, Binghamton University (2003)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CCC-SLP
  • MA Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • The interplay between linguistic and cognitive processing in aphasia
  • The role of cognitive processes in aphasia rehabilitation
  • Intra-individual variability in task performance in aphasia

PUBLICATIONS

  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (in press). Between-Session and Within-Session Intra-Individual Variability in Attention in Aphasia. Neuropsychologia.
  • Meier, E., Johnson, J., Villard, S., & Kiran, S. (2017). Does naming therapy make ordering in a restaurant easier?: Dynamics of co-occurring change in cognitive-linguistic and functional communication skills in aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(2), 266-280.
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2017). To what extent does attention underlie language in aphasia? Aphasiology, 31(10), 1226-1245.
  • Villard, S. (2017). Potential Implications of Attention Deficits for Treatment and Recovery in Aphasia. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2(2), 7-14.
  • Des Roches, C. A., Vallila-Rohter, S., Villard, S., Tripodis, Y., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. (2016). Evaluating treatment and generalization patterns of two theoretically motivated sentence comprehension therapies. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25(4S), S743-S757.
  • Kiran, S., Des Roches, C., Villard, S., & Tripodis, Y. (2015). The effect of a sentence comprehension treatment on discourse comprehension in aphasia. Aphasiology, 29(11), 1289-1311.
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2015). Between-session intra-individual variability in sustained, selective, and integrational attention in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 66, 204-212. Villard & Kiran 2015
  • Kiran, S., Caplan, D., Sandberg, S., Levy, J., Berardino, A., Ascenso, E., Villard, S., & Tripodis, Y. (2012). Development of a theoretically based treatment for sentence comprehension deficits in individuals with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS/POSTERS

  • Gray, T., Vallila-Rohter, S., & Villard, S. (2017, November). Thinking Beyond Language: Bilingualism, Attention & Learning in Aphasia. Seminar at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention; Los Angeles, California.
  • Meier, E., Villard, S., Johnson, J., & Kiran, S. (2016, November). Does Naming Therapy Make Ordering in a Restaurant Easier? Impairment vs. Function in Aphasia. Presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention; Denver, Colorado.
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2016, February). Between-Session and Within-Session Intra-Individual Variability in Attention in Aphasia. Presentation at the International Neuropsychological Society; Boston, MA.
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2015, October). Now you’re with me, now you’re not: Between-session and within-session intra-individual variability in attention in aphasia. Presentation at the Academy of Aphasia; Tucson, Arizona.
  • Vallila-Rohter, S., Des Roches, C., Villard, S., Tripodis, Y., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. (2015, May). Evaluating treatment and generalization patterns of two theoretically motivated sentence comprehension therapies. Presentation at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference; Monterey, California.
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2014, June). Inter- and intra-individual variability in non-linguistic attention in aphasia. Poster presented at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference; St. Simons Island, Georgia. Villard CAC 2014
  • Kiran, S., Caplan, D., Villard, S., Des Roches, C., Ascenso, E., & Waters, G. (2013, November). The nature of cross-task and cross-structure generalization following sentence comprehension treatment in aphasia. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language; San Diego, California.
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2013, October). Consistency of sustained and selective non-linguistic attention in aphasia. Poster presented at the Academy of Aphasia; Lucerne, Switzerland. Villard AoA 2013
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. A comparison of two treatments for sentence comprehension deficits in aphasia. (2012, November). Technical research presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention; Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Kiran, S., Caplan, D., Villard, S., Ascenso, E., Waters, G. (2012, October). Effects of training sentence to picture matching and object manipulation to improve sentence comprehension in aphasia: Acquisition and generalization. Poster at the Academy of Aphasia; San Francisco, California Kiran et al AoA 2012
  • Villard, S. (2009, October). Postvocalic /r/ in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Presentation at New Ways in Language Variation; Ottawa, Canada.

AWARDS

  • Academy of Aphasia conference: finalist for Best Student Presentation 2015
  • ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship, 2014
  • Student Scholar Award, 9th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, 2014
  • NIDCD Research Symposium Student Fellowship at Clinical Aphasiology Conference, 2014
  • Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund Award, 2014
  • Boston University Scholars Day Poster Competition, 2014: tied for First Place
  • Boston University Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Travel Award, 2013, 2012

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