People

khaley Katarina Haley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults with left hemisphere brain injury. Her greatest areas of interests include the perceptual, motor, and language mechanisms that influence speech production in aphasia and apraxia of speech; the development of quantitative speech assessment procedures for clinical applications; and the development of procedures and materials to support self-determination in people with aphasia. She teaches courses in aphasia, neurologic communication disorders, and research design.  Contact information: (919) 966-9460 khaley@med.unc.edu
ajacks Adam Jacks, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. He came to UNC from Texas in 2009, joining the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty. His research focuses on understanding the link between neuropathology and behavioral manifestations of neurological speech disorders. He teaches courses in speech science and neuromotor speech disorders.  Contact information: (919) 966-9464 adam_jacks@med.unc.edu
Williams Sharon Williams, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She also holds an appointment as a research scientist with The Center on Aging and Diversity. Her research focuses on aging, family functioning and processes in caregiving families, and end of life communication within families and with health care providers. She received a BS and MS in Communication Disorders and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. She also completed a gerontology postdoctoral fellowship at The Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Contact information: (919) 966-9562 sharon_w_williams@med.unc.edu
Roth Heidi Roth, M.D. M.A., is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology. She is board certified in neurology and in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Her clinical and research interests include memory and sleep, diagnosis and treatment of language disorders and aphasia, and hemispheric asymmetries and sleep. She is a neurology consultant to the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders and co-investigator on research projects examining brain-behavior relationships. Contact information: (919) 966-8168 Hroth@neurology.unc.edu
caignon Denise Caignon, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an adjunct clinical instructor with the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She facilitates the Center for Aphasia’s weekly conversation group for people with aphasia, and mentors master’s degree students in the area of aphasia assessment and rehabilitation. As a co-author and research assistant for the L!V Card Project, her particular focus has been assisting people with aphasia to pursue and realize their chosen life-participation goals. Contact information: denise_caignon@med.unc.edu
jwomack Jenny Womack, MA MS OTR/L SCDCM is an associate professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and has been a practicing clinician in neurorehabilitation for over 20 years. She has a particular interest in issues of community participation with a focus on community mobility and transportation issues. She is also a folklorist interested in performance communities. Jenny serves as occupational therapy consultant to the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders and has been a co-PI on the L!V Cards project. Contact information: (919) 843-4463 jennifer_womack@med.unc.edu
Nancy Helm Estabrooks Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Sc.D., CCC-SLP is the Brewer-Smith Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University, and an Adjunct Research Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. She was affiliated with the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center and Boston University School of Medicine for 32 years. She is Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorder (ANCDS). Her awards include ANCDS and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Honors. She is an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Helm-Estabrooks has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, seven books, 21 chapters and six standardized tests. She is currently working on the 3rd edition of the Manual of Aphasia and Aphasia Therapy. Contact information: nhestabrooks@email.wcu
McCulloch Karen McCulloch, , PhD, PT, NCS is clinical professor in the Division of Physical Therapy. Her clinical experience is with neuromuscular rehabilitation with survivors of stroke and brain injury, emphasizing return to community based activities. Her research background has included test development for balance and motor function, as well as intervention studies to improve motor skills for higher level mobility and upper extremity control to allow participation in life activities. She serves as a consultant to the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders and has been a co-investigator on the L!V Cards project

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, 2011-2012:

  • Kevin Cunningham
  • Leah Galluzzi
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Stephanie Herndon
  • Kaitlyn Mortimer
  • Megan Jacobsen
  • Erika Rogawski
  • Megan Nosol
  • Cristen Paige
  • Scott Putman
  • Rachita Salaria
  • Anna Styers
  • Lucia Fischer
  • Ariel Price

 

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