How are people with aphasia actually using language? Award-winning researcher moving from the lab to the real world

Northeastern assistant professor Erin Meier, the director of The Aphasia Network (TAN) Lab, works with lab coordinator Leanna Ugent in their Forsyth lab on the Boston campus. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

People who have a stroke or traumatic brain injury sometimes experience aphasia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to express or understand language.

Research by Northeastern University assistant professor Erin Meier aims to better comprehend how people with aphasia use language in their daily lives. 

“I’m really interested in how people with aphasia are actually using language in the real world, and how their recovery affects their ability to communicate in real world environments,” says Meier, who is director of the Aphasia Network Lab at Northeastern. 

Meier has received a prestigious national research award in recognition of her work in language and cognitive recovery after stroke.

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