Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences

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Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Overview

The lab of the Aphasia Resource Center in the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is conducting a randomized controlled trial studying the effects of conversation group treatment for individuals who have aphasia as a result of stroke. The proposed research will test the efficacy of conversation treatment for individuals with aphasia and explore whether the effects of treatment differ as a result of treatment size (large group or dyad), group composition and/or the severity of aphasia. In the first cycle of the study, we will offer 10 weeks of group interventions to participants with varied profiles of aphasia in the summer of 2022. The student research assistant will be involved in fidelity testing of the treatment, data collection and conversation transcription of testing data and treatment data.
The results of the study will inform health care delivery models to optimize both treatment outcomes and utilization of financial and other resources. The results will also help refine a hypothesized model about the mechanisms underlying conversation treatment

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