About Us

The Authors

Katarina L. Haley, PhD, CCC-SLP is Associate Professor in the Division of Speech
and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research, published in peer-reviewed articles, is focused
on mechanisms that influence speech production in aphasia and apraxia of speech
and on the clinical use of quantitative and client-oriented assessment and intervention
procedures. She is co-director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at
UNC-Chapel Hill. Email: khaley@med.unc.edu

Jennifer L. (Jenny) Womack, MA, MS, OTR/L is Clinical Associate Professor in
the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Department of Allied
Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her career in occupational
therapy includes work as a clinical specialist in neurorehabilitation, assistive
technology, and community mobility as well as community-based work in aging. In addition
to her primary teaching role, she serves as consultant to the Center for Aphasia
and Related Disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill. Email: jwomack@med.unc.edu

Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, ScD, CCC-SLP is currently the Brewer-Smith Distinguished
Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at
Western Carolina University, and an adjunct research professor in the Division of
Speech and Hearing Sciences 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 Disorders
and Sciences (ANCDS). Her awards include ANCDS and American Speech and Hearing
Association honors, and she is an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Helm-Estabrooks has published
over 90 peer-reviewed articles, 7 books, 21 chapters and 6 standardized tests.
Email: [nhestabrooks@email.wcu.edu

Denise Caignon, MS, CCC-SLP is Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the Division
of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She facilitates weekly groups for people
with aphasia, mentors master’s degree students in the area of aphasia assessment and
rehabilitation, and coordinates clinical research projects at the Center for Aphasia and
Related Disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill. Email: Denise_Caignon@med.unc.edu

Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, NCS is Clinical Professor in the Division of Physical
Therapy, Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. 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 consultant to the
Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at UNC-Chapel Hill. Email: Karen_McCulloch@med.unc.edu

The Illustrator


Stuart Asa Helm is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and has been a freelance
illustrator for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in illustrating materials
for treatment programs and tests for people with aphasia and other communication
problems associated with acquired brain damage. In addition to the L!V Cards, he
provided illustrations for the Sentence Production Program for Aphasia, the Melodic
Intonation Therapy Kit, the Aphasia Diagnostic Profiles, the Brief Test of Head Injury,
and the Pediatric Test of Brain Injury. Email: stuhelm33@gmail.com