Courtney Jewell is a graduate research assistant in the Aphasia Laboratory. Currently, she is a first year MA-PhD student in the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The Ohio State University. Prior to attending OSU for graduate school, she graduated from Indiana University in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology, along with a minor in Gerontology. Her undergraduate honors thesis focused on the word retrieval deficits of adults with aphasia across different semantic categories. Due to her interest in word retrieval deficits and adults with aphasia, Courtney joined The Aphasia Laboratory. As mentioned, her current research interests are centered around neurological communication disorders in adults. In her free time, she enjoys playing sand volleyball, coaching volleyball to younger kids, running and baking.
Barry L. Baker, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a Ph.D. student in Speech/Language Science at OSU and a research assistant in the Aphasia Laboratory. He earned his master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Cincinnati in 2013, and holds undergraduate degrees in the fields of Piano Performance and Broadcasting. His clinical practice focuses on the geriatric population in inpatient rehab and long-term care settings. Research interests include: Development of methods that maximize patient carry-over/outcomes of treatment strategies, and novel techniques that preserve meaningful communication between people with neurogenic language disorders and their loved ones.
Krystal Archibald, MS, CCC-SLP is a research speech-language pathologist in the Aphasia Laboratory. In 2017, she received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to attending FAU, Krystal graduated with BA in Psychology & Sociology from Case Western Reserve University. Since graduating from FAU, she has been working as a Speech Language Pathologist in acute care, inpatient rehab, and skilled nursing. In her free time, Krystal enjoys painting and traveling.
Olivia Prexta, MA, CCC-SLP is a research speech-language pathologist in the Aphasia Laboratory. She graduated from OSU in 2016 with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science, then went on to Cleveland State University to earn her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology. Since graduating, Olivia has been working as a speech-language pathologist in the skilled nursing facility setting. In her free time, Olivia enjoys playing with her pets, gardening, and spending time with friends.
Jess Timog is a third year speech and hearing science student at OSU. She was selected as an ADNiR scholar through CCBBI and will be with the lab for the next two years. Her research interest is in neuroimaging of stroke and aphasia patients and other language disorders. In her free time, she is a big plant mom, loves thrifting, and leading the filipino cultural org on campus!
Tema Cohen is a recent graduate of Denison University, and is serving as a research assistant in The Aphasia Laboratory. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and French from Denison, with special interests in child development, aging, and language acquisition. She plans to attend graduate school in the coming year, and later hopes to explore the relationships between music, bilingualism and speech fluency. Tema enjoys working with a wide variety of ages, and is excited to be introduced to a newer population through The Aphasia Laboratory. In her free time, she loves doing yoga, going to farmers markets, hanging out with kiddos, and, of course, running and baking.
Graduated PhD Students
Deena Schwen Blackett, PhD, CCC-SLP graduated with her PhD in May of 2020. Deena has been an extremely valuable member of the Aphasia Laboratory for the past 8 years and will be missed tremendously! Deena’s research interests include examining the effect of emotion on language processing in neuro-typical, aging adults and people with aphasia. Beginning in Fall 2021 Deena will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina working with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha and his team. We cannot wait to see what Deena achieves in her next journey!
Alexandra Zezinka Durfee, PhD, CCC-SLP graduated with her PhD in December 2019. She was an integral part of the Aphasia Laboratory and will be missed very much! Her research interests include cognitive-linguistic changes following brain injury. Additionally, she is interested in developing ways to detect and treat acquired language and cognitive-communicative disorders through more implicit methods. Ally is now a post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins working with Dr. Argye Hillis in the S.C.O.R.E. Lab. Congratulations, Ally!
Jennifer P. Lundine, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS graduated with her PhD in August 2016. She was extremely valuable to the Aphasia Laboratory and we will miss her! Her research interests focus on cognition and communication difficulties experienced by children and adolescents following acquired brain injury, with an emphasis on improving outcomes related to brain injury in children. She is now a faculty member in the Speech and Hearing Science Department here at The Ohio State University and the director of the CCCABI laboratory! Congratulations, Jenny!
Past and Present Aphasia Lab Volunteers