Our Projects

Current Projects (funded)

  • Speech recovery in neurological disease: Development of rehabilitative strategies. Office of the Provost. Junior Faculty Development Award. Jacks PI: Funded 01/01/2010- 12/31/2010. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of auditory masking on speech production in adults with aphasia, using lesion site as a factor to account for response variability.

  • Web-Delivered Assessment for Stroke Survivors through Multimedia Technology. R43 DC009708. National Institutes of Health (NIDCD), Strickland PI, Funded 4/1/2009 – 3/31/2011 This project is designed to establish feasibility for an internet-mediated approach to quantify speech characteristics associated with left hemisphere stroke.

  • Life Interests and Values Cards: Supporting Self-Determination in People with Aphasia. Pilot Research Grant. North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. Haley PI: Funded March 2009-May 2010 This study aims to determine candidacy, reliability and validity for a new pictorially based tool for supporting the active involvement of people with aphasia in their own rehabilitation program.
  • The Life Interests and Values (LIV) Cards: Use by Rehabilitation Specialists Working with People with Aphasia, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Haley PI: Funded 7/1/2008 – 7/1/2010. In this project, we extend the development of the LIV Material to a comprehensive tool for learning about life activities and feelings in people with aphasia.
  • Parallel Forms Test Reliability for a New Speech Intelligibility Test. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University Research Council, Haley PI: Funded 5/1/2008-5/1/2010 This study aims to determine parallel forms test reliability for a monosyllabic single word intelligibility test developed to estimate severity of segmental speech impairment in people with left hemisphere injury.
  • Stroke Telemedicine Access Recovery (STAR) Project. Duke Endowment. Williams/Gregory PIs. Funded 01/2009 – 12/11. The purpose of this study is to establish a telemedicine stroke consultative service to improve access to stroke specialty care among the underserved population of patients admitted to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Robeson County, NC.
  • A Tri-racial Examination of Family Caregivers of Stroke Survivors’ Williams PI. North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Large Pilot Grant Award. 01/2009- 10/31/10. The purpose of this project is to examine caregiving network structure, unmet need, perceptions of stroke survivor’s communicative limitations, and physical and emotional health of family caregivers. This study adds an extensive family caregiver component to the Stroke Telemedicine Access Recovery (STAR) Project.


    Aphasia the Movie

We are proud of our affiliation with Carl McIntyre, Jim Gloster, Chuck Bludsworth, Donna Scott, and the entire team at Little Word Films who created and produced this remarkable work. Aphasia premiered on May 1, 2010 as part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the UNC-CH Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. More information about Aphasia can be found at To schedule a presentation of the film in your community, please email producer Donna Scott for more information. See the trailer here.

Love after a stroke

Love After a Stroke

  • Megan Nosol, who is a graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at UNC-CH recently published a wonderful children's book about aphasia (February 2012). All proceeds for this book  go to the National Aphasia Association. You can read more about Megan and preview the book at

Student Research

  • Development of a Web-Based Augmentative Alternative Communication System for People with Aphasia. Undergraduate Honors Thesis and Graduate Research Project, 2010-2012, Anna Styers. The purpose of this project is to design and test the feasibility of a web-based augmentative communication system for people with aphasia. Funded by the Dunlevie Undergraduate Research Award.
  • Healthcare professionals' knowledge of aphasia:  Conveying prognosis for language recovery and life participation to patients. 2011-2012, Kaitlyn Mortimer. This study is designed to determine what resident physicians in neurology, physical therapy students, and occupational therapy students know about aphasia in terms of language recovery and life participation, and how they convey this information to their patients.


If you are interested in participating in our research, CLICK HERE for more information.