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CredentialsPhD – Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences – University of Arizona – 2006MS – Speech-Language Pathology – University of Arizona – 2000BSc – Psychology – University of Alberta – 1998
Research Affiliate - Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute
Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders (ANCDS)
Academy of Aphasia
Background InformationAfter receiving her BSc (Psychology) from the University of Alberta, Dr. Kim completed graduate and post-graduate training at the University of Arizona. She has worked in several settings with adult neurogenic clients, including skilled nursing facilities, home health and the Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona. She joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in December 2009.
Professional InterestsDr. Kim's research focuses on investigating cognitive factors contributing to language processing (particularly written language processing) and treatments to remediate acquired language disorders. She also investigates treatment-induced neuroplasticity in adults with acquired neurological communication disorders. She is a Research Affiliate of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, and a member of the Centre for Neuroscience and Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience.Dr. Kim is also actively involved in aphasia awareness and advocacy in the community. She is co-founder of the Alberta Aphasia Camp, in partnership with March of Dimes Canada.
The ultimate goal of our research lab is to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by acquired language disorders. Research in the lab includes studies designed to investigate cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing, developing evidence-based treatments, examining methods for increasing neural plasticity and promoting quality of life through Life Participation Approach for Aphasia (LPAA) based interventions.
We use a combination of behavioural and clinical methods to examine cognitive (e.g., attention, working memory) and linguistic (e.g., semantic, orthographic, phonologic) processing in adults with acquired and progressive language disorders, and healthy aging populations. We also use non-invasive brain stimulation techniques - specifically transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) - in conjunction with behavioural speech-language treatment to investigate neural plasticity in aphasia.
Enhancing neural plasticity in aphasia
Dr. Kim is currently recruiting individuals with aphasia as well as healthy controls (age 40+) for these research studies. Please contact her via telephone (780-248-1542) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.