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Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders


  • PhD, Vanderbilt Univ 1997
  • MS, Vanderbilt Univ 1992
  • BS, Karolinska Institutet 1986

Personal Statement

I grew up in Sweden, in the small northern town know as Skelleftea. Following my graduation from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, I worked as a certified speech-language pathologist, or “logoped,” in my home country until 1990. My first U.S. home was in Nashville, Tennessee, where I completed my doctoral training at Vanderbilt University. In the fall of 1996, I joined the faculty in the UNC-CH Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and settled in lovely Chapel Hill. My research program has two intersecting tracks: 1) To better understand the nature and clinical management of acquired apraxia of speech and 2) To develop and evaluate client-driven treatment and counseling strategies adults with left hemisphere lesions. We use both quantitative and qualitative research designs in my laboratory, rely on combinations of auditory perceptual and acoustic speech analyses, and we study both stroke and neurodegenerative disease.

Courses Taught

  • SPHS 530: Phonetics
  • SPHS 742: Aphasia
  • SPHS 760: Neurologic Communication Disorders in Adults
  • SPHS 870: Research Experience
  • AHSC 906: Single Case Research Design I
  • AHSC 907: Single Case Research Design II

Research/Clinical Interests

  • Aphasia and apraxia of speech
  • Speech acoustics and perception
  • Psychological aspects of rehabilitation
Katarina Haley