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.


Wendy Greenspan, M.A., CCC-SLP | Email:

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.


Danielle Laval, B.A. | Email:

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 taking her corgi Blue to the dog park.


Kevin McCaffery, B.A. | Email:

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.

Student Workers & Volunteers

Katie Jobson

Katie Jobson is a Research Assistant at the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Psychology. Her main area of interest is cognitive neuroscience, and she plans on pursuing her PhD. She enjoys reading, working out, and trying new restaurants in Philadelphia.


Brenna Rapone

Brenna is a senior majoring in Speech, Language and Hearing Science. She loves this field because SLP’s have the opportunity to work with so many different groups of people once they finish school. She would love to be a school-based SLP in the future. In her free time, she likes hiking, running and cooking.



Sydney Jones

Sydney is a junior Speech Pathology major. She is pursuing a certificate in Linguistics and ASL as well. She enjoys working out, reading, and music. She is excited to learn more about aphasia and working with adults.



Tabitha Reed

Tabitha Reed is a junior speech-language pathology major also minoring in education. She is also pursuing a certificate in ASL. She enjoys working with children and wants to work with this age group as a speech pathologist.



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