Staff

Samantha Rosenberg M.A., CCC-SLP | E-mail: samantha.rosenberg@temple.edu
SamSamantha Rosenberg is a research speech language pathologist who first began her tenure at the Eleanor M Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience as a masters level student worker in 2004. Following completion of her clinical fellowship experience and some years as an adjunct faculty member in Temple’s Department of Communication Science she enthusiastically returned to her roots and joined the lab as a staff research speech pathologist. Samantha’s research interests include the relationship between language and verbal short term memory, translating research into practice and social                                 validation measures.

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: sarah.meehan@temple.edu

unnamedSarah Meehan is the 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: kevin.mccaffery@temple.edu

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: iminkina@temple.edu

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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.

Laura Mary McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP | Email: laura.mccarthy@temple.edu

Laura Mary McCarthy is currently a doctoral student and research Speech and Language Pathologist at the Aphasia RehabilitationResearch Laboratory within the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University. Her research interests are centered in the investigation of the relations between auditory-verbal short-term memory and semantic processing abilities, to better promote strategies for language recovery in aphasia. Laura received her M.S. from Columbia University and her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island. Her extra-curricular interests include running marathons, playing the piano and spending time with her dog, Walter.

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.

 

 

Nick Shaffer

Nick is a junior at Temple University with a double major in Linguistics and Anthropology. He is considering teaching English as a Second Language abroad after graduation before returning to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. His goal as an SLP would be to work in aphasia rehabilitation as well as researching bilingual aphasia. In his free time he enjoys learning languages.

 

Brooke Simons

Brooke is a speech-language-hearing major, graduating in the spring of 2017. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to pursue a masters degree in Speech Pathology. Her career goals include working with children in a school setting and aphasic adults in a medical setting. She is an avid Philly sports fan and enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her free time.

 

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.

 

Jane Velahos

Jane is ajane senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science.  She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She aspires to work with geriatric patients in a medical setting.  She is particularly interested in working with patients who have neurogenic disorders. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and hiking.

 

Kayla Rivoli

unnamedKayla 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. After working with participants in the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple, Kayla developed a strong interest in Aphasia which led her to the Saffran Center. She hopes to continue to work with adults with Aphasia throughout graduate school and beyond. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying different brunch places in the city, and running her own blog for college students.

Alison Reilly

unnamedAlison is a senior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science.  She plans to attend graduate school next fall to obtain a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She aspires to work with children in either a school or clinical setting.  In her free time, she loves to explore the city of Philadelphia.

 

 

Liliya Silchuk

unnamedLiliya is a senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, & Hearing Science. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her career goals include working with children and/or with aphasic adults. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at various events.

 

Claire Golden

Claire is clairea senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, & Hearing and Spanish. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She hopes to one day work with clients with brain injuries. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and learning about linguistics.

 

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