Prof Diane L. Kendall, University of Washington, USA
Dr Kendall is Professor and Chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She is also a Research Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Puget Sound. Her research program is focused on rehabilitation of aphasia with a particular emphasis on understanding the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between phonology and word retrieval in individuals with aphasia. Since 1998 she has been involved in language rehabilitation trials by employing the organizing structure for conducting clinical-outcome research that has been outlined in terms of a five-phase model (Robey, 2004). She completed a series of Phase I through Phase III studies on the influence of phonomotor treatment on word retrieval deficits in persons with aphasia.
Rethinking Aphasia Rehabilitation
Aphasia rehabilitation has been studied for decades and currently, typical aphasia interventions are behavioral and delivered in-person with a frequency of one to two times per week during the first year or two of stroke onset. After years of clinical research studies, we now have evidence to re-think aphasia treatment in terms of using understanding individual treatment responsivity (e.g. dose, schedule and comorbidity interactions), tele-rehabilitation options, bio-physiological markers and neurostimulation interventions.