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I earned my PhD from the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 2021 and accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Program on Integrative Medicine. I also maintain my license as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

I earned my MS from UNC’s Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program (formerly Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology). Prior to entering the SPHS program, I worked for a large contract research organization, where I managed rater training for global clinical trials investigating treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, major depression, and stuttering.

My research interests include acquired communication disorders, primarily aphasia and apraxia of speech. My dissertation work focuses on support for caregivers of people with aphasia.

I served as a research assistant for the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders. I also maintain a personal blog chronicling my own recovery from a traumatic brain injury, aphasia, and apraxia of speech.

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Jeni Shafer, PhD