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.

Sarah Meehan B.A. | Email: sarah.meehan@temple.edu

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: 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.

 

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.

 

 

Ashley Smith

Ashley is a senior at Temple University majoring in Speech, Language, Hearing Science and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is particularly interested in working with patients who have neurogenic language disorders.  She loves studying other languages, and spent a month teaching English in Paraguay over the summer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and baking.

 

 

Chris Haslam

Chris is a senior at Temple University majoring in Neuroscience. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school and go on to pursue a career as a Speech Language Pathologist. He hopes to work primarily with children in a clinical or school setting. Chris loves animals and sports, so in his free time you can usually find him at a zoo, aquarium, or watching a Philadelphia sports team.

 

 

Donna Montgomery

Donna is a junior 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 junior 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 hopes to someday work with children in a clinical setting. Josh works as both an orientation leader and a resident assistant for first-year students at Temple, and loves to spend his free time performing with his a cappella group, exercising, and exploring the city.

 

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