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South Carolina: Communication Sciences and Disorders Doctoral Student Leads Development of Top 10 Paper

Members of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ (COMD) Aphasia Laboratory, an interdisciplinary groups of researchers working to improve communication function following stroke based at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, have published a paper included in the top ten list for the most downloaded/read articles of the 750 papers published by American Speech and Hearing Association journals in 2019. The article, “Progression of Aphasia Severity in Chronic Stage of Stroke,” was published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Working closely with COMD PhD alumna and current research assistant professor Dr. Alexandra Basilakos, doctoral student Ms. Lisa Johnson served as lead author on the paper. “It’s really amazing that a PhD student served as first author on such a high-impact article during her first year in the program,” says Dr. Julius Fridriksson, director of the Aphasia Lab and a professor in the COMD department. “I have no doubts that this paper will get lots of citations and will continue to be downloaded at a high rate.”

Ms. Johnson became interested in the COMD field after her grandmother lost her ability to communicate as a result of advancing dementia. “From that experience, I became very interested in the brain and how we communicate following brain damage,” Ms. Johnson says.

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