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Mary Boyle


Mary Boyle, PhD., CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and Professor/Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University. Dr. Boyle received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University, she was Director of the Speech, Language, & Audiology Department at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY. Her career encompasses more than 30 years of working with adults with aphasia in a variety of medical, home-care, and university-based settings.

Dr. Boyle directs the Aphasia Research Lab at Montclair State University. This lab investigates all aspects of aphasia, with an emphasis on: 1) developing and testing treatments for word retrieval problems in aphasia at single-word and connected speech levels, 2) developing and testing outcome measures of word retrieval treatment in connected speech, and 3) developing and testing clinician-friendly discourse outcome measures. With funding from the Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute and Montclair State University, Dr. Boyle completed the first studies to apply Semantic Feature Analysis treatment to people with aphasia. These projects demonstrated the efficacy of that treatment, and their results have since been replicated by independent research labs around the world. Dr. Boyle has also been among the first to assess outcomes of word retrieval treatment in connected speech. Results of her research have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Dr. Boyle's research has always been clinically focused. Her goal with this course is to share clinically relevant information, and she welcomes questions and comments via email.

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Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment for Individuals with Aphasia

Presented by Mary Boyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, ASHA Fellow

Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment for Individuals with Aphasia

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Word-retrieval impairment is a pervasive and frustrating problem for the 2.7 million Americans with aphasia. Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) treatment, which aims to improve the word retrieval process in single words and discourse, has been replicated by different research teams and in different languages around the world. This course reviews the theory behind the treatment, the treatment protocol, and the outcomes that have been reported. Videotapes showing people with aphasia participating in SFA are used to demonstrate the method.

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Word Retrieval in Aphasia

Presented by Mary Boyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, ASHA Fellow

Word Retrieval in Aphasia

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Word retrieval difficulty is the most frequent impairment in stroke-induced aphasia, affecting every one of the more than 2.7 million people with aphasia in the United States. This course will provide a review of how word retrieval occurs in neurologically healthy adults and how it is impaired in people with aphasia. It will also review how the cognitive domains of language and memory interact during word production, from the single word to the discourse level of language. Finally, methods of assessing word retrieval problems and treatment outcomes will be reviewed.

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