Dr. Ramsberger's research focuses on developing assessment methods and treatments for people who have impaired language and cognition as a result of brain damage that occurs in adulthood. The development of new methods is based on current understanding of neurologic disorders, neural plasticity, psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. Once a new method is designed, we explore the effectiveness of the method first through single-subject and small group research designs; and later through large, randomly assigned group designs. Dr. Ramsberger is especially interested in developing treatment methods that utilize technology to optimize features of treatment delivery and in facilitating translation of research into clinical practice.
acquired language disorders in adults, acquired cognitive disorders in adults, aphasia, stroke rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, rehabilitation, speech-language pathology, communication disorders
SLHS 2000 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Surveys communication disorders, including hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and speech-language disorders, as well as an introduction to basic speech and hearing science.
SLHS 4502 - Language Disorders: Child and Adult
Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020
Provides students with an introductory understanding of the causes, characteristics, assessment and treatment of developmental and acquired language disorders in children and adults. Examines a variety of disorders including specific language impairment, learning disabilities, and language and cognitive disorders due to brain damage. Considers the challenge of identifying language disorders in children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
SLHS 5252 - Acquired Language Disorders in Adults
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Introduces the neural bases and medical etiologies of acquired language disorders in adults, explores the ways in which normal language processing may become disordered, and studies current methods of evaluation and treatment design. Recommended prerequisite: undergraduate background in SLHS.
SLHS 5632 - Special Clinical Focus in Speech-Language Pathology
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Provides opportunity for students to develop clinical area(s) of deeper knowledge and skill, via courses approved for professional-level continuing education units (CEU) by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), in areas that may not be available through the SLHS curriculum. Courses may be taken via ASHA approved Online resources or through courses offered at professional scholarly meetings.