Mary Boyle, PhD., CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and Professor/Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University. Dr. Boyle received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University, she was Director of the Speech, Language, & Audiology Department at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY. Her career encompasses more than 30 years of working with adults with aphasia in a variety of medical, home-care, and university-based settings.
Dr. Boyle directs the Aphasia Research Lab at Montclair State University. This lab investigates all aspects of aphasia, with an emphasis on: 1) developing and testing treatments for word retrieval problems in aphasia at single-word and connected speech levels, 2) developing and testing outcome measures of word retrieval treatment in connected speech, and 3) developing and testing clinician-friendly discourse outcome measures. With funding from the Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute and Montclair State University, Dr. Boyle completed the first studies to apply Semantic Feature Analysis treatment to people with aphasia. These projects demonstrated the efficacy of that treatment, and their results have since been replicated by independent research labs around the world. Dr. Boyle has also been among the first to assess outcomes of word retrieval treatment in connected speech. Results of her research have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Dr. Boyle’s research has always been clinically focused. Her goal with this course is to share clinically relevant information, and she welcomes questions and comments via email.
Word retrieval difficulty is the most frequent impairment in stroke-induced aphasia, affecting every one of the more than 2.7 million people with aphasia in the… read more
Word-retrieval impairment is a pervasive and frustrating problem for the 2.7 million Americans with aphasia. Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) treatment, which aims to improve the… read more