Presenters for the 2024 ASHA Health Care Summit

Grand Rounds in Aphasia Management

April 12, 2024 | In collaboration with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago

The 2024 ASHA Health Care Summit features expert speakers from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, along with individuals—and family members of individuals—with aphasia.

Kathryn Borio, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 16 years of experience working with adults with cognitive- communication impairments at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Kathryn has worked in all levels of care treating adults with aphasia. Kathryn currently works in the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, performing virtual research assessments, creating virtual programming for community groups for people with aphasia, and working in the Intensive Aphasia Program. Kathryn received her BS in speech-language pathology at Miami University (Ohio) and her MS from Rush University Medical Center.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this session
  • Salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Julia Carpenter, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS (she/her/hers) is the clinical practice leader for speech-language pathology and a research speech-language pathologist in the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Julie works with speech-language pathologists across the system of care to implement evidence-based assessments and interventions, works on various research projects, and provides interventions in the organization’s Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program. Julie is board-certified in neurogenic communication disorders from the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Sciences and received the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Exemplary Practice Award in 2023.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this session

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Leora R. Cherney, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, FACRM, is the scientific chair of Think and Speak at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and a professor of both physical medicine & rehabilitation and communication sciences & disorders at Northwestern University. She has 40 years of experience in adult neurologic communication disorders. Her cutting-edge research centers primarily on stroke-induced aphasia, where she has explored behavioral, pharmacological, and neuromodulatory interventions to enhance treatment outcomes. Dr. Cherney has authored over 100 journal publications and six books. She has received numerous prestigious awards, including Honors of the Association from ASHA, ANCDS, and ISHA.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this session
  • Salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Caitlin Ferrer, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a speech-language pathologist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. She has worked in various levels of care across her career, including skilled nursing, inpatient acute rehabilitation, day rehab, outpatient, and private practice. Caitlin is currently an adjunct professor at DePaul University’s speech-language pathology graduate program in the School of Science and Health. Caitlin holds a special interest in treating patients with aphasia and Parkinson’s disease. She presents locally and nationally on topics relating to aphasia management, clinical decision-making, and supported communication.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this session

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Rachel S. Hitch, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. Rachel is presently a research speech-language pathologist at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment. Rachel manages the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Aphasia Community groups, serving 70 individuals with aphasia and their families annually. Rachel's areas of interest and expertise include community-based programs and individualized treatment and care planning that support individuals in living well and thriving with disabilities.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this session
  • Salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Elissa Larkin, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a research speech-language pathologist and bioethicist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. Elissa earned her Master of Science in communication disorders with bilingual certification (Spanish) at Arizona State University and completed advanced training in the Clinical Bioethics Scholars Program at Northwestern Medicine Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Elissa’s areas of clinical and scholarly interest include applications of ethical frameworks to promote patient rights and shared-decision making in rehabilitation practice, life participation approach to aphasia-centered research and treatment, and exploring and implementing interprofessional education models to increase communication access and equity for all patients.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this session

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member

Jaime Lee, PhD, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is an associate professor in the CSD department at James Madison University. She teaches in the area of neurogenic communication disorders and is engaged in clinical research focused on adults with aphasia. She has published on topics such as attention and aphasia, reading and writing treatment for aphasia, aphasia group facilitation, and, most recently, texting in aphasia. She is the MPI on a NIH R15 award "Transactional Success in the Texting Exchanges of People with Aphasia."

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

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  • None

Anne K. Montana, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a senior speech-language pathologist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where she has treated people with aphasia across the continuum of care since 2005. She has extensive clinical experience at the inpatient, DayRehab, and outpatient levels of care as well as Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Intensive Aphasia Program. She currently treats neurological conditions in the outpatient setting with particular interest in patient-centered care for the treatment of acute and chronic aphasia. Anne also serves as the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab student practicum coordinator and a clinical instructor to graduate students.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

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  • None

Lauren Wineburgh, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) has worked at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab since 2010 and has spent the majority of her career in the DayRehab setting. Lauren is currently a supervisor and clinical team lead at the Streeterville location. In addition to working with patients with acquired neurological deficits and their loved ones, Lauren has mentored countless team members and graduate students. Lauren has also worked with the team at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Intensive Aphasia Program and developed a webinar for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Academy. Lauren is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s School of Communication and has been a facilitator for Emerson College’s aphasia course.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

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