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 Healthcare Administration, with the main focus being public 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

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 Psycholo gy. 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.

 

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.

 

Student Workers & Volunteers

Maggie Driscoll

Maggie is a senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language and Hearing Science with a minor in Clinical and Health Psychology and a Spanish certificate. She hopes to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology after graduation. She would like to work in a clinical setting with adults in the future. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

 

Donna Montgomery

Donna is a senior at Temple University, majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with a minor in Psychology. After graduating, she plans to pursue graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology. She hopes to work in pediatric speech therapy. In Donna’s free time, she enjoys dancing with her team at Temple and exploring Philadelphia.

 

Josh Peckman

Josh is a senior at Temple University, majoring in Speech, Language & Hearing Science and minoring in Clinical & Health Psychology. After graduating, Josh plans to attend graduate school for speech pathology and eventually practice in a clinical setting. Josh works as a resident assistant for first-year students at Temple and enjoys learning both ASL and Spanish, working out, and exploring the city.

 

 

Marissa Lazar

Marissa is a senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Marissa’s goal is to work with patients in a clinical setting, and is also very interested in aphasia rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys learning ASL, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

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.

 

Gabbi Langan

Gabbi is a junior at Temple University, majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science with a certificate in American Sign Language. She hopes to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist. Gabbi plans to work with both children and adults. In her spare time, she likes to workout, listen to music, and spend time with friends and family.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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