Researchers

  • Martin L. Albert, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Language in the Aging Brain Laboratory, is Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center at the VA Medical Center in Boston. He earned his MD degree at Tufts Medical School and his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and Neurolinguistics at the University of Paris. He has served as national Director of Biomedical Research for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Science Consultant to the President of the United States in the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. His current research focuses on novel approaches to aphasia therapy, including pharmacotherapy, and on the language and communication capabilities of healthy elderly people. His eight books and more than 175 scientific journal articles are in the fields of behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience, with a special emphasis on aphasia, dementia, language in aging, and the aging brain.
  • Loraine Obler, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Language in the Aging Brain Laboratory, is Distinguished Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at City University of New York Graduate Center, and Research Associate in Psycholinguistics, Department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She is a linguist specializing in neurolinguistics with over 125 publications in her areas of expertise on such topics as the language changes of healthy aging and dementia, bilingualism, dyslexia, and cross-language studies of aphasia.
  • Mira Goral is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also a Research Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. A speech-language pathologist she earned her B.A. in Linguistics from Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. in Neurolinguistics from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her research interests include language in aging, multilingualism, and aphasia.
  • Avron Spiro is a Research Scientist for VA Boston Healthcare System, working primarily with the Normative Aging Study, and has academic appointments in the Schools of Public Health and Dental Medicine at Boston University. In 1973, he received his B.A. from Emory University. He went on to study at Pennsylvania State University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in 1978 and 1982, respectively, in human development and family studies. Dr. Spiro has been a consultant for the Aphasia Research Center and the Language in the Aging Brain Laboratory since 1996, specializing in Statistics and Design. His areas of interest include the longitudinal study of human development, mental health, and the impact of health on cognition in adulthood and aging.
  • Dalia Cahana-Amitay is the Associate Director for the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center at VA Boston Healthcare System. She completed her B.A. in Linguistics and English Literature at Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. in Applied Psycholinguistics at the Boston University Program in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include aphasia, language across the life span, and language and anxiety.