Staff

Julie Schlesinger, M.A., CCC-SLP
Julie Schlesinger is a licensed speech language pathologist with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a strong clinical background, having worked in various medical settings during her career. Early on in her studies she developed an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of aphasia which has continued throughout her experience as a hospital-based clinician. She is eager to learn more about the treatment of language and cognitive processes in aphasia and is excited to be a part of the research speech pathology team at the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Jessica Obermeyer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Postdoctoral Fellow | Email: jessica.obermeyer@temple.edu

Jessica Obermeyer received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University in May 2017. Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Edmonds, Jessica completed her dissertation on the efficacy of a treatment to improve the written and spoken discourse of people with mild aphasia. Dr. Obermeyer is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University. She works under the mentorship of Dr. Nadine Martin in the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory. Her research interests include discourse production in aphasia, treatment efficacy, and the cognitive requirements of language production. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked in a variety of clinical settings where she specialized in assessment and treatment of adult neurogenic populations.

Wendy Greenspan, M.A., CCC-SLP | Email: wendy.greenspan@temple.edu

Wendy Greenspan, MA, CCC-SLP is the Project Manager for the Clinical TALSA project.  She has experience treating adults with neurogenic communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders and specializes in the area of aphasia.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, university clinics and community-based programs for people with aphasia, most recently the Adler Aphasia Center in New Jersey.  She is a founding member of Aphasia Access.  She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology.  When not at the Saffran Center, Wendy enjoys reading, making soup, visiting art museums and exploring Philadelphia’s historic sites.

 

Mary Glazer, B.A. | Email: mary.glazer@temple.edu

Mary Glazer is a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She plans to go to graduate school for a Masters in Public Health, with the main focus being community health and healthcare policies. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, baking, and trying new restaurants.

 

Danielle Laval, B.A. | Email: danielle.pritchard@temple.edu

Danielle Laval is a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the Eleanor Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated from Temple University in 2018 with a B.A in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science and a minor in French. Her areas of interests include aphasia rehabilitation and multilingualism. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to the beach, listening to podcasts, and perfecting her latte art.

 

Kevin McCaffery, B.A. | Email: kevin.mccaffery@temple.edu

Kevin McCaffery is a Research Assistant in the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the Eleanor Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He graduated from Temple University in 2016 with a B.A in Psychology. His primary interests in the field relate to higher levels of thinking, such as symbolic thought and problem solving, as well as the evolutionary mechanisms associated with them. Following his work in the Saffran Center he is planning to pursue a doctoral degree in Cognitive or Evolutionary Psychology. In his spare time he enjoys creative writing and is active in online writing communities.

 

Laura Reinert, B.A. | Email: laura.reinert@temple.edu

Laura Reinert is a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Rehabilitation Laboratory in the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated from Arcadia University in spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minoring in Sociology and Music. She plans to pursue a career in cognitive psychology research with specific interests in the perception of and cognitive processes surrounding audition. After working with the Saffran Center, she plans to attend graduate school to study cognitive psychology. In her free time, Laura can be found performing or composing music and taking advantage of all of the opportunities Philadelphia has to offer.

 

Student Workers & Volunteers

Annabelle Alrez

Annabelle Alrez is a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the Eleanor Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is currently a junior at Temple University studying Neuroscience with a minor in Public Health. She plans on getting her masters in healthcare administration at Temple University to help better focus issues in the healthcare system and within the healthcare community. After she plans on attending medical school to pursue her goals of becoming a physician. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, listening to music, working out, and playing with her cat.

 

 

Sophia Ragan

Sophia is a senior at Temple University, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for Speech Language Pathology. She hopes to work with adults who have neurogenic communication disorders in a rehabilitation setting. In her free time, Sophia enjoys trying new restaurants in the city, playing euphonium, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

Jade Uffelman

Jade is a senior at Temple University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, she plans to travel before applying to graduate school. Jade hopes to work in a lab setting and is interested in the research of neurogenic communication disorders in adults. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and playing volleyball.

 

 

Rebekah Zimmerman

Rebekah is a junior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with a Linguistics certificate. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school for Speech Pathology and hopes to work in a clinical setting. Rebekah enjoys exploring Philadelphia, working out, and playing with her two dogs, Zeus and Kira.

 

 

 

Maddy Dunne

Maddy is a junior at Temple University, majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with minors in Cognitive Neuroscience and Theater, and a certificate in American Sign Language. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She hopes to work with adults in a rehabilitation setting. In her free time, she enjoys going into the city, performing, and spending time with her friends and family.

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