Erin Meier

Email: emeier@bu.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Boston University (in progress)
  • M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, Purdue University (2008)
  • B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Augustana College (2006)

Credentials

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • Speech-language pathologist state licensure in Massachusetts and Illinois

Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is to advance our understanding of the nature of beneficial neural reorganization of language in stroke-induced chronic aphasia. Specifically, I hypothesize that the current debate of whether successful language processing in persons with aphasia (PWA) necessitates recruitment of isolated regions in the left versus right hemisphere oversimplifies complex recovery phenomena. Instead, I propose an alternative, working hypothesis (see below) and am using methods of structural and effective brain connectivity to determine how brain structure-function dynamics relate to behavior. My long-term goal is to use such methods to improve prognostication of PWA response to therapy and recovery outcomes.

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Publications

  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (in press). 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]
  • Johnson, J. P., Meier, E. L., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. Effects of semantic feature-based naming therapy on anatomical and functional regions of interest in people with aphasia. [under revision]
  • Meier, E. L., Kapse, K. J., & Kiran, S. (2016). The relationship between frontotemporal effective connectivity during picture naming, behavior, and preserved cortical tissue in chronic aphasia. Front. Hum. Neurosci., 10, 109. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00109. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00109/full
  • Meier, E. L., Lo, M., & Kiran, S. (2016). Understanding semantic and phonological processing deficits in adults with aphasia: Effects of category and typicality. Aphasiology, 30(6), 719-749. DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1081137.
  • Kiran, S., Meier, E., Kapse, K., & Glynn, P. (2015). Changes in task-based effective connectivity in language networks following rehabilitation in post-stroke patients with aphasia. Front. Hum. Neurosci., 9, 316. DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00316. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00316/full

Peer-Reviewed Conferences

  • Buckshaw, R., Meier, E. L., & Kiran, S. (2017, March). Effective connectivity of aphasic bilingual semantic processing. Accepted for poster presentation at the 2017 Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gilmore, N., Johnson, J., Meier, E., Cardullo, S., & Kiran, S. (2016, December). Treatment and generalization effects of training atypical exemplars of well-defined categories for patients with chronic aphasia. Oral presentation at the 2016 International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, London, England, United Kingdom.
  • Meier, E. L., & Kiran, S. (2016, October). Frontotemporal effective connectivity during semantic feature judgments in patients with aphasia versus healthy controls. Poster presentation at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom.
  • Johnson, J. P., Meier, E. L., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. (2016, June). Treatment-induced changes in anatomical and functional regions of interest in people with aphasia. Accepted for a poster presentation at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Villard, S., & Kiran, S. (2016, May). Does naming therapy make ordering in a restaurant easier?: Dynamics of co-occurring change in cognitive-linguistic and functional communication skills in aphasia. Accepted for oral presentation at the 46th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Johnson, J. P., Meier, E. L., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. (2016, May). Effects of semantic feature-based naming therapy on anatomical and functional regions of interest in people with aphasia. Accepted for oral presentation at the 46th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Meier, E., Villard, S., Johnson, J., & Kiran, S. (2015, November). Does naming therapy make ordering in a restaurant easier?: Impairment versus function in aphasia. Oral presentation at the 2015 American Speech Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.
  • Meier, E., Kapse, K., & Kiran, S. (2015, October). Effective connectivity of the naming network in post-stroke chronic aphasia. Poster presentation at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Chicago, IL. Effective-connectivity-of-the-naming-network-in-chronic-aphasia_SNL-2015_FINAL.pdf
  • Kiran, S., Kapse, K., Johnson, J., Martin, K., & Meier, E. (2015, June). Task based reorganization of function after rehabilitation in post-stroke aphasia. Poster presentation at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, HI.
  • Kiran, S., Kapse, K., & Meier, E. (2015, June). Effective connectivity analysis of language networks in healthy adults and in chronic aphasia. Poster presentation at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, HI.
  • Kiran, S., Kapse, K., & Meier, E. (2015, June). Effective connectivity analysis of language networks in healthy adults and in chronic aphasia. Poster presentation at NeuroHAM, Boston, MA.
  • Meier, E., Lo, M., & Kiran, S. (2015, November). Understanding semantic and phonological processing deficits in adults with aphasia: Effects of category and typicality. Poster presentation at the 45th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Monterey, CA. CAC-2015-poster_E-Meier.pdf
  • Meier, E., & Weber-Fox, C. (2008, November). Maturation of neural indices for processing verb-agreement violations: Evidence from event-related potentials elicited in adolescents and adults. Poster presentation at the 2008 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Meier, E., & Haskill, A. (2006, November). A detailed analysis of final cluster production skills in subgroups of preschool children with language impairment. Poster presentation at the 2006 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Miami, FL.
  • Meier, E., & Haskill, A. (2006). A detailed analysis of final cluster production skills in subgroups of preschool children with language impairment. Poster presentation at the 2006 Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Lake of the Ozarks, MO.