Faculty and Staff

Lauren Bislick is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Interim Director of the UCF Aphasia House, and the Director of the Aphasia and Related Conditions (ARC) Research Lab. Bislick obtained her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. 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 effective treatment programs for the rehabilitation of acquired apraxia of speech and aphasia. In addition, Dr. Bislick works closely with colleagues to explore variables that influence quality of life in persons with apraxia of speech and aphasia, such mind body practices (yoga) and friendship development and maintenance post stroke.

As Interim Director of the UCF Aphasia House, Dr. Bislick collaborates with experts in physical therapy to build interprofessional opportunities and implement dual-task methodology to enhance treatment outcomes in brain injury survivors with aphasia and related communication disorders.

Dr. Bislick’s research has been funded by NIH, UCF’s VPR AECR award, and UCF’s Inter Disciplinary Research 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.

She is an active member of the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders (ANCDs) as a member of the Apraxia of Speech Writing Committee and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association  (ASHA).

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Washington
  • MA, Master of Arts, Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Florida
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Florida
  • CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
  • CBIS, Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University Central Florida. Her research focuses on the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of acquired apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder that most frequently results from left hemisphere stroke. In particular, her long-term goal and current area of focus is the development of an effective treatment program, incorporating principles of motor learning, for the rehabilitation of acquired apraxia of speech that can be clinically implemented.

Areas of Specialty
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Acquired Aphasia
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment Development
  • Motor Learning Theory & Principles of Motor Learning
Research Lab Affiliations
Research Grants
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Phonomotor Treatment for Acquired Apraxia of Speech

  • PI: Lauren Bislick
  • Amount: $7,500 | Timeframe: 05/01/2018 - 04/30/2019
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: UCF Office of Research and Commercialization
  • SPA4803: Research Method in Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • SPA6236: Motor Speech Disorders in Adults & Children
  • SPA6410: Aphasia and Related Disorders
  • SPA4912: Directed Research
  • SPA6971: Graduate Thesis
  • SPA4970H: Honors Undergraduate Thesis
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