Mary Boyle, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, attended an intensive week-long meeting of an international research team from the United Kingdom, Australia, and the USA to launch a new project aimed at helping people with aphasia to tell their story and improve their ability to carry out everyday conversation. Funded by the Stroke Association of the United Kingdom, the Linguistic Underpinnings of Narrative in Aphasia (LUNA) project also involves people with chronic aphasia and National Health Service Speech and Language Therapists in the co-design process. The team is developing a person-centered discourse treatment based on rigorous review of aphasia theories and intervention research. One of its elements is Semantic Feature Analysis, an evidence-based treatment for word-retrieval problems, developed by Dr. Boyle.
Photo from left to right: Professor Nikki Botting, City, University of London (CUL), Professor Mary Boyle, Montclair State University, Dr. Madeline Cruice, CUL, Professor Jane Marshall, CUL, Dr. Lucy Dipper, CUL, Associate Professor Deborah Hersh, Edith Cowan University, Australia, and Dr. Madeleine Pritchard, CUL.