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.

Sarah Meehan B.A. | Email:

unnamedSarah Meehan is a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a recent graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Speech, Language, Hearing Science and a special interest in neurogenic language disorders. Sarah plans to continue onto graduate school to receive her masters in Speech Language Pathology. She has a passion for the yoga practice and in her spare time enjoys exploring the opportunities and activities Philadelphia has to offer.

Kevin McCaffery B.A. | Email:

kevinKevin 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.

Irene Minkina, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow | Email:


Irene Minkina, Ph.D., received her degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from University of Washington, where she was mentored by Diane Kendall, in December 2015. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow under the mentorship of Nadine Martin at the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University. Her research interests include the cognitive processes that fuel language, verbal short-term memory impairments in aphasia, and the direct incorporation of verbal short-term memory tasks into the assessment and treatment of aphasia. In her spare time, Irene enjoys teaching Nia classes, cooking, and exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer.


Student Workers & Volunteers

Monica Coran

MonicaMonica graduated from Dickinson College in 2015 with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Speech Language and Hearing Science at Temple University. She enjoys studying other languages, and currently studies Spanish and Italian. She is interested in research and clinical work in neurogenic language disorders.


Erin Donohue

Erin is a junior at Temple University double majoring in Speech, Language, & Hearing Science and Psychology.  She hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist. She would like to specialize in AAC, and work with young adults transitioning into post-secondary education and the work force. In her free time, she enjoys going down the shore and spending time with her cat.

Alyssa Galletta

Alyssa is a senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Alyssa aspires to work in aphasia rehabilitation. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys working on her family’s blueberry farm.





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