Aphasia and Related Conditions Research Lab

UCF Communication Sciences and Disorders

Overview

Members of the ARC Research Lab at University of Central Florida conduct research to 1) better understand the complex processing of speech and language and its breakdown in individuals with aphasia and apraxia of speech, 2) develop new and explore effective treatment approaches, and 3) explore variables that impact treatment success.

In particular, we study:

  1. Rehabilitation of aphasia and/or apraxia of speech
  2. Benefit of the principles of motor learning on speech learning and rehabilitation
  3. Differential diagnosis of aphasia and apraxia of speech
  4. Variables that impact treatment success for these clinical populations

PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY!

Our laboratory is always recruiting for participants to partake in research studies. Participation in our studies not only helps contribute to science, but can also be a fun learning experience.

Meet Our Team

Director and PI

Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CBIS

Lauren Bislick is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Research Specialist of the UCF Aphasia House, SE Regional Co-coordinator for Project BRIDGE, and the Director of the Aphasia and Related Conditions (ARC) Research Lab. Bislick obtained her PhD in speech & hearing sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle. Bislick’s primary line of research focuses on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of acquired apraxia of speech and aphasia. Her long-term goal is to develop an effective treatment program, incorporating principles of motor learning, for the rehabilitation of acquired apraxia of speech. Bislick is also interested in exploring variables that influence treatment success in persons with apraxia of speech and aphasia and has begun to examine the impact of mind body practices (yoga) on resilience and treatment response. Her research has been funded by NIH and UCF’s VPR AECR award. She has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, presented her research at local, national, and international conferences, and has held CEU seminars on diagnosis and treatment of apraxia of speech and aphasia.

Bislick is an active member of Aphasia Access, where she serves on the Research Working Group, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the UCF chapter.

PI

Amy Engelhoven, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CBIS

Amy Engelhoven is a Clinical Lecturer and the Director of the Aphasia House in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University Central Florida. Engelhoven has extensive clinical experience in acquired adult neurogenic communication disorders and voice disorders. Her academic teaching experiences include neuroanatomical bases for speech, language, and hearing, adult language disorders, motor speech disorders, dysphagia, and voice disorders. Her research interests include the psychosocial implications of acquired neurogenic communication disorders, caregiver quality of life, patient reported outcomes for persons with aphasia, and evidence-based treatment of aphasia.

The Aphasia House is an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) at UCF that provides five six-week intensive treatment sessions each year for patients with aphasia. Engelhoven provides clinical education in this special clinic for four hours each day, four days a week during these sessions.

Lab Manager

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson is a senior at the University of Central Florida. She will be graduating in the Spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Anderson currently volunteers at Aphasia Family through the UCF Aphasia House and with Best Buddies. She is currently completing an Honors in the Major Thesis on the effects learning the strategies of dialogic reading over a telehealth platform can have on a patient with aphasia’s quality of life. Anderson aspires to go to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist and to further her education on aphasia and related conditions.

Graduate Students

Hunter Kelly, BA

Hunter Kelly is a current master’s student in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCF. A former high school educator and graduate of the University of Florida, Kelly is currently working to complete a master’s thesis investigating the generalization of Speech Entrainment as a treatment for individuals with aphasia and co-occurring apraxia of speech. She hopes one day to pursue a PhD and teach at the university level.

Megan O'Toole, BS

Megan O’Toole obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). She is currently in UCF’s Master’s of Arts program in CSD. Megan’s research focuses on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment to acquired apraxia of speech. In her spare time, Megan likes to be outdoors and likes to spend time with family and friends.

Research Assistants

Maylina Delbuono

Maylina Delbuono is a senior at the University of Central Florida and will be graduating in the Spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Maylina’s current goal is to attend graduate school and obtain her master’s degree. She plans on becoming a speech-language pathologist and hopes to one day teach in the field.

Sayyeda Velani

Originally from Tanzania, Sayyeda Velani is a junior at the University of Central Florida where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Upon completing her degree,Velani aspires to go to graduate school to pursue her career as a speech-language pathologist.

Kaitlyn Vidal

Kaitlyn Vidal is a senior at the University of Central Florida. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Vidal serves as the president of Aphasia Family through the UCF Aphasia House. She aspires to go to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist and to continue her study on aphasia and related conditions.

Seva Reilly

Seva Reilly is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, working toward earning a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She has been an active lab member since summer 2020, assisting in data analysis.

Jacquelyn Burke

Jackie Burke is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, working toward a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She has been an active lab member since spring 2019, assisting in data extraction, organization and analysis.

Emad Khan

Emad Khan is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, working toward a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. He has been an active lab member since spring 2020, assisting in data extraction and organization.

Lab Alumni

Diana Abarca

Sara Gray

Nelson Hernandez

Ashka Thaker

Selected Relevant Publications

Our laboratory makes a concerted effort to publish our findings in respected academic journals and present at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to contributing to collective body of knowledge in a given field, presenting original data at conferences is a fun way for the lab’s students to enhance their self-confidence and network with other scientists.

Contact

The ARC Research Laboratory is located inside HS II. The lab is located on the first floor of the building inside the Communication Sciences and Disorders suite, room 101A. Several handicap parking spots are available outside.

UCF ARC Research Laboratory
Health Sciences II
4364 Scorpius St
Orlando, FL 32816

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