Gloria S. Waters, PhD

Gloria S. Waters, PhD

BA, Honors Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
MA, Applied Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
PhD, Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
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Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Reading
  • Adult Language Disorders
  • Aging and Communication
  • Language Learning Disabilities
  • Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology
  • Research Methods

Scholarly Interests

  • Language comprehension in aging and after neurological disorders
  • Neural localization of language functions
  • Development of psycholinguistically oriented assessment tools of language comprehension and production
  • Structure and role of working memory in language comprehension
  • Development of reading and spelling skills in normal and disordered populations

Selected Publications

McAllister, T., Bachrach, A., Waters, G., Michaud, J. & Caplan, D. (2009). Production and comprehension of unaccusatives in aphasia.Aphasiology, 23(7-8), 989-1004.

Caplan, D., Chen, E. & Waters, G. (2008).Task-dependent and task-independent neurovascular responses to syntactic processing. Cortex, 44(3), 257-275.

Caplan, D., Stanczak, L., Waters, G. (2008). Syntactic and thematic constraint effects on blood oxygenation level dependent signal correlates of comprehension of relative clauses. J Cogn Neurosci. 20(4), 643-56.

Caplan, D., Waters,G., Dede, G., Michaud, J. & Reddy, A. (2007).  A study of syntactic processing in aphasia I: behavioral (psycholinguistic) aspects.  Brain Lang. 101(2), 103-150.

Caplan, D., Waters, G., Kennedy, D., Alpert, N., Makris, N., Dede, G., Michaud, J. & Reddy, A. (2007).  A study of syntactic processing in aphasia II: neurological aspects.  Brain Lang. 101(2), 151-177.

Chen, E., Caplan, D., West, W.C. & Waters, G.S. (2006). Determinants of BOLD Signal Correlates of Processing Object-Extracted Relative Clauses,Cortex, 42, 591-604.

Stanczak, L., Waters, G. & Caplan, D. (2006). Typicality-based learning and generalization in aphasia: two case studies of anomia. Aphasiology, 20, 374-383.

Caplan, D., Chen, E., Waters, G. & Robakis, D. (2005). Syntactic and semantic influences on BOLD signal responses to comprehension of relative clauses. Brain and Language, 95, 72-73.

Waters, G.S. & Caplan, D. (2005). The relationship between age, processing speed, working memory capacity and language comprehension.Memory, 13, 403-413.

Caplan, D., Waters, G., DeDe, G., Michaud, J. & Reddy, A. (2004). A Study of Syntactic Processing in Aphasia I: Behavioral (Psycholinguistic) Aspects, Brain and Language, 91, 64-65.

Caplan, D., Waters, G., Kennedy, D., Alpert, N., Makris, N., DeDe, G., Michaud, J. & Reddy, A. (2004).   A Study of Syntactic Processing in Aphasia II: Neurological Aspects, Brain and Language, 91, 66-67.

DeDe, G., Caplan, D., Kemtes, K. & Waters, G.S. (2004). The relationship between age, verbal working memory, and language comprehension.  Psychology & Aging, 19, 601-616.

Waters, G.S. & Caplan, D. (2004) The reliability and stability of verbal working memory measures. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers35, 550-564.

Waters, G.S., & Caplan, D. (2004) Individual differences in working memory capacity and on-line syntactic processing: Evidence from self-paced listening. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology A, 57, 129-163.

Waters, G.S., Caplan, D., & Yampolsky, S. (2003). On-line syntactic processing under a concurrent memory load. Psycholnomic Bulletin and Review10, 89-95.

Waters, G.S., Caplan, D., Alpert, N. & Stanczak, L. (2003)  Individual differences in rCBF correlates of syntactic processing in sentence comprehension: Effects of working memory and speed of processing. Neuroimage19, 101-112.

DeDe, G., Parris, D. & Waters, G.S. (2003). Teaching Self-Cues: A treatment approach for verbal naming. Aphasiology17, 465-480.

Caplan, D., Waters, G.S., & Alpert, N. (2003). Effects of age and speed of processing on rCBF correlates of syntactic processing in sentence comprehension. Human Brain Mapping. 19, 112-131.

Caplan, D. & Waters, G. (2003). On-line syntactic processing in aphasia: Studies with auditory moving window presentation. Brain & Language,84, 222-249.

Waters, G.S., & Caplan, D. (2002). Verbal working memory and language comprehension. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science.  Nature Publishing Group, Macmillan Publishers, Basingstoke, England.

Waters, G.S. & Caplan, D. (2002). Working memory and on-line syntactic processing in Alzheimer’s disease: Studies with auditory moving windows presentation. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 57B, 298-311.

Caplan, D. & Waters, G.S., (2002). Working memory and connectionist models of parsing: A response to MacDonald and Christiansen.Psychological Review, 109, 66-74.

Caplan, D., Vijayan, S., Kuperberg, G., West, C., Waters, G., Greve, D., Dale, A.M. (2002). Vascular response to syntactic processing: an event-related fMRI study of relative clauses. Human Brain Mapping. 15, 26-38

Yampolsky, S. & Waters, G. (2002). Treatment of single word oral reading in an individual with deep dyslexia. Aphasiology16, 455-471.

Yampolsky, S., Waters, G., Caplan, D., Matthies, M., & Chiu, P. (2002). Effects of acoustic degradation on syntactic processing: Implications for the nature of the resource system used in language processing. Brain and Cognition48, 617-625.

Seidenberg, M.S. & Waters, G.S. (1989). Reading nonwords aloud – A mega study.  Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 27(6), 489.

Waters, G.S., & Bruck, M. & Malus-Abramowitz, M.  (1988).  The role of linguistic and visual processes in spelling:  A developmental study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology45, 400-421.

Bruck, M. & Waters, G.S. (1988).  An analysis of the spelling errors of children who differ in their reading and spelling skills. Applied Psycholinguistics9,  77-92.

Waters, G.S., Caplan, D., & Hildebrandt, N. (1987). Working memory and written sentence comprehension. Attention and Performance XII, 531-555.

Waters, G.S., Komoda, M.K. & Arbuckle, T.Y. (1985). The effects of concurrent tasks onreading:  Implications for phonological recoding. Journal of Memory and Language24, 27-45.

Waters, G.S.,  & Seidenberg, M.S. (1985). Spelling-sound effects in reading:  Time course and decision criteria. Memory and Cognition13, 557-572.

Waters, G.S., Bruck, M. & Seidenberg, M. S. (1985).  Do children use similar processes to read and spell words?  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology39, 511-530.

Seidenberg, M.S., Waters, G.S., Barnes, M., & Tanenhaus, M.K.(1984).  When does irregular spelling or pronunciation influence word recognition?Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior,  23, 383-404.

Seidenberg, M.S., Waters, G.S., Sanders, M., & Langer, P. (1984). Pre- and post-lexical loci of contextual effects on word recognition. Memory and Cognition, 1984, 12(4), 315-328.

Waters, G.S., Seidenberg, M.S., & Bruck, M. (1984). Children’s and adults’ use of spelling-sound information in three reading tasks. Memory and Cognition12(3), 293-305.

Current Research Funding

U.S. Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences 2010-14

“Assessment of Comprehension in Older Struggling Readers”

(Principal Investigator: G. Waters, Co-PI: D. Caplan)


National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (R21/R33) 2009-14

“Theoretically Based Treatment for Sentence Comprehension in Aphasia”

(Principal Investigator: S. Kiran, Co-PI’s: D. Caplan, G. Waters)


National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (R01) 2007-10

“Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Syntactic Comprehension”

(Principal Investigator: D. Caplan, Co-PI: G. Waters)


U.S. Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences 2005-09

“Assessment of Comprehension in Older Struggling Readers”

(Principal Investigator: G. Waters, Co-PI: D. Caplan)


Awards and Honors

  • Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • Medical Research Council of Canada Centennial Fellowship (Awarded but not accepted)
  • National Health and Welfare Canada National Health Scholar Award (Awarded but not accepted)
  • Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec Chercheur Boursier Award
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada,  Faculty Award for Women
  • Royal Society London, U.K./Natural Sciences and Engineering,  Research Council of Canada Bilateral Exchange Fellowship