ANCDS Podcasts

ANCDS offers a podcast series on the most interesting new topics in neurologic communication disorders. You can listen to the podcasts below, or subscribe to our podcast on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or Spotify.

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Ep. 22: A Conversation with Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi and McKay Sohlberg of the ANCDS TBI Writing Group

Speakers: Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi and Professor McKay Sohlberg

Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi ([email protected]) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University, a research faculty member of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, and a practicing clinician. She is the author/co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, spanning a broad range of topics including brain health, cognitive-communicative function, and neuroplasticity.

Professor McKay Sohlberg ([email protected]) is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the development of treatments that help people with acquired brain injury manage cognitive impairments. Her work includes evaluating treatment protocols for individuals with persistent cognitive effects following concussive injuries, the design and evaluation of assistive technology tools to support adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury function optimally in their communities, and development of processes to facilitate patient centered goal setting. Dr. Sohlberg has contributed to a number of evidence-based practice guidelines supported by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences and sits on several national committees working on interdisciplinary practice in cognitive rehabilitation. She has authored two seminal textbooks in the field including her new 2023 text titled Transformation of Cognitive Rehabilitation. Professor Sohlberg has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Oregon since 1994. She teaches graduate courses related to cognitive rehabilitation and evidence-based practice and provides clinical supervision in the Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic (BrICC) in the College of Education HEDCO clinic.

Byom, L., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., Lemoncello, R., MacDonald, S., Meulenbroek, P., Ness, B., & Sohlberg, M. M. (2020). Social Communication following adult traumatic brain injury: A scoping review of theoretical models. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 29(3), 1735–1748.

Meulenbroek, P., Ness, B., Lemoncello, R., Byom, L., MacDonald, S., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., & Moore Sohlberg, M. (2019). Social Communication following traumatic brain injury part 2: Identifying effective treatment ingredients. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21(2), 128–142.

Meulenbroek, P., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., Sohlberg, M. M., Lemoncello, R., Byom, L., Ness, B., MacDonald, S., & Phillips, B. (2022). Tutorial: The speech-language pathologist’s role in return to work for adults with traumatic brain injury. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 31(1), 188–202.

O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M., Kennedy, M. R. T., & Sohlberg, M. M. (2016). Evidence-based practice for the use of internal strategies as a memory compensation technique after brain injury: A systematic review. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(4).

Sohlberg, M. M., MacDonald, S., Byom, L., Iwashita, H., Lemoncello, R., Meulenbroek, P., Ness, B., & O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. M. (2019). Social Communication following traumatic brain injury part I: State-of-the-art review of assessment tools. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21(2), 115–127.


Ep. 21: A Conversation with Alaina Davis and Sucheta Kamath of the ANCDS Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Committee

Speakers: Alaina S. Davis, Ph.D, CCC-SLP/L, CBIST; and Sucheta Kamath

Alaina S. Davis, Ph.D, CCC-SLP/L, CBIST (committee chair) is an associate professor at Howard University and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. She has expertise in cognitive-communicative disorders associated with TBI. Her research lab is the Center for Cognitive-Communicative Skills, which focuses on adolescents and adults with sport-related concussion and return-to-learn/play/activity. Dr. Davis’ work utilizes the cognitive and communication styles of adolescents and adults from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds to implement cultural responsiveness in assessment and treatment.

Sucheta Kamath is an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a two-time TEDx speaker, and a tech-entrepreneur who has created ExQ®; a cloud-based digital Executive Function curriculum for the middle and high school students that teaches Learning How to Learn. Sucheta holds six patents, and her AI-based technology solution creates personalized learning based on the benchmark assessment of the nine areas of Executive Function. Sucheta is a Professor of Practice at the Amrita University, one of the top five universities in India and also is the host of the podcast Full PreFrontal®: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function, where her invited guests range from neuroscientists, psychologists, educators, learning specialists, journalists, and leaders. In recent past, over a five-year period, Sucheta founded and (along with her Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association colleagues) ran GSHA Gives!, a free communication and Executive Function job-readiness training program for previously homeless, incarcerated, and disenfranchised men in inner-city Atlanta. Finally, Sucheta serves on many non-profit boards and is deeply committed to racial healing and interfaith community dialogue.

Referenced Article: Shifting the Mindset of Racism Through Cognitive Learning Styles in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Ep. 20 - A Conversation with Tim Schut: An Inside Perspective on Living with Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech

Speaker: Tim Schut

Tim Schut was raised on a farm near Chester, South Dakota. After graduating from Chester High School, Tim pursued a degree in Marketing at Northern State University.  After college, Tim has worked as a collector, a business development analyst, an inbound call center manager, a Financial Advisor, and a Private Banking Manager. Tim currently serves as a commercial real estate agent with NAI Sioux Falls and as a residential real estate agent with Signature Realty out of Madison, South Dakota. In June of 2021, Tim was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech (PPAOS). Family relationships and support have been important to Tim to keep living his fullest life as his condition progresses.


Ep. 19 - A Conversation with Margaret Lehman Blake and Shannon M. Sheppard: Right Hemisphere Damage working group, Evidence-Based Clinical Research Committee

Speakers: Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Houston
Shannon M. Sheppard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Director: CRANIAL Lab, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Chapman University

Margaret Lehman Blake is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage to understand the underlying deficits and to develop treatments. She is the author of The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication and the co-creator of, a website designed to provide education and resources to patients, families, and clinicians.

Shannon M. Sheppard is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Chapman University and Director of the Cognition Rehabilitation And Neuroscience In Atypical Language Lab, the CRANIAL Lab. Her research focuses on investigating linguistic and prosodic deficits following left-hemisphere and right-hemisphere stroke using brain imaging including EEG and MRI. She is a founding member of the International Right Hemisphere Collaborative, which was founded to improve knowledge of and research for individuals with right hemisphere brain damage.


Ep. 18 - A Conversation with Peter Meulenbroek: ANCDS Writing Group for Traumatic Brain Injury

Speaker: Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, CCC-SLP, University of Kentucky

Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, CCC-SLP, uses sociolinguistic description and theory about talk at work to develop new ways to assess and treat persons with TBI who hope to return to stable employment. He runs the Social Communication and Cognitive Abilities Lab where he has developed online assessment and treatment tools for social communication deficits after TBI. He is interested in increasing life participation after brain injury through employment and volunteer options. At the time of this interview, he was the chair of the ANCDS Writing Group for Traumatic Brain Injury and is currently the Editor for SIG2 Perspectives Journal as well as Assistant professor at The University of Kentucky.


Ep. 17 – The Clinical Fellowship Experience

Speakers: Nayiri Adessian, Zack DeWall, Hillary X. Enclade

Nayiri Adessian is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from Montclair State University and her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in May 2018. Nayiri completed her clinical fellowship at Nancy Sedat and Associates, an out-patient private practice, and continues to work there as a therapist. She evaluates and treats patients with adult neurogenic communication, voice and swallowing disorders. She has a special interest in working with individuals with aphasia.

Zack DeWall is a clinical fellow in speech pathology at the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute within the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his master’s degree in speech pathology from Vanderbilt University in August of 2019.

Hillary X. Enclade is currently a speech-language pathologist at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. She received her master’s degree in communicative disorders from California State University, Northridge in Spring of 2018 and completed a clinical fellowship at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in August 2019.


Ep. 16 – A conversation with Brendan Constantine about poetry and aphasia

Speaker: Brendan Constantine, Poet

Brendan Constantine is a nationally recognized poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in many of the nation’s poetry standards, including Best American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Poem-a-Day.

His first book, Letters to Guns (2009 Red Hen Press) received wide acclaim and is now taught in schools across the country. His most recent collections are Dementia, My Darling (2016) from Red Hen Press, and a chapbook Bouncy Bounce (2018) from Blue Horse Press.

Mr. Constantine has received support and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on TED ED, NPR's All Things Considered, KPFK's Poet’s Café, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches at the Windward School.

“The Opposites Game” -

Brendan Constantine reads at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival -

"The Translation" by Brendan Constantine -


Ep. 15 - A Conversation with Ronda Winans-Mitrik and Patrick Doyle: Intensive Aphasia Treatment

Speakers: Ronda Winans-Mitrik, MA, CCC-SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) and Dr. Patrick J. Doyle (Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh)

Ronda Winans-Mitrik, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2009. She began her career at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) by providing intensive, evidence-based aphasia treatment to veterans and active duty service members from across the United States through the Program for Intensive Aphasia Treatment & Education (PIRATE). Since that time, she has provided countless hours of aphasia assessment and intervention services to patients with a wide range of aphasia severities. During her time with PIRATE, she developed the clinical processes for in-person and remote candidacy evaluations and follow-up using tele-practice technology. She is a recipient of the 2012 Association of Veteran Affairs Speech Language Pathologists (AVASLP) Outstanding Achievement Award for her work with the PIRATE Clinical Team and co-authored a peer-reviewed manuscript in 2014 that details the PIRATE program’s description, rationale, clinical processes, and outcomes.

Dr. Patrick J. Doyle is a Speech Language Pathologist whose clinical and research work is focused on the rehabilitation of language processing disorders following brain injury. He is an Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and has received the Honors of the Association of VA Speech Language Pathologists. Dr. Doyle previously served as a Visiting Scientist in the Assessment, Classification and Epidemiology Unit of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where he collaborated on the revision of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF). He is the developer of the Burden of Stroke Scale (BOSS) and the Founding Director of the Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education (PIRATE).


Ep. 14 - A Conversation with Heather Clark – Diagnosing and Treating Motor Speech Disorders and Clinical Training

Speaker: Heather Clark, PhD, BC-ANCDS
Chair of Speech Pathology in the Department of Neurology and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Heather Clark, PhD, BC-ANCDS, is Chair of Speech Pathology in the Department of Neurology and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is board-certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her clinical responsibilities include differential diagnosis of communication and swallowing disorders in adults and children. Dr. Clark serves as co-investigator in several projects examining the nature of speech, language, and swallowing impairment in degenerative neurologic disease.


Ep. 13 - A Conversation with Ramani Voleti - A Personal Experience w/ Board Certification and Aspects of Clinical Practice

Speaker: Ramani Voleti, M.S., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Assistant Teaching Professor and Speech Language Pathologist, Gebbie Clinic
Syracuse University

Ramani Voleti, M.S., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is an assistant teaching professor and speech language pathologist at the Gebbie Clinic at Syracuse University. She has several years of experience working in different settings and in different countries (India, Malaysia, Botswana, and US). Her clinical and research interests include acquired neurogenic speech/language disorders, dysphagia, and voice disorders in adults. She teaches courses in neurogenic communication disorders and professional issues in medical settings. She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and is board certified in neurogenic communication disorders in adults by ANCDS.

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Ep. 12 - A Conversation with Jacqueline Laures-Gore and Rebecca Marshall - Integrative Health Approaches and Rehabilitation

Speakers: Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore (Associate Professor, Georgia State University) and Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD (CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, University of Georgia)

Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State University. She received her PhD in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab at Georgia State University ( Her research interests include aphasia, stress, depression, and integrative health. Her work has been funded by the NIH, ANCDS, as well as other entities.

Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD (CCC-SLP) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Special Education at the University of Georgia. She is also a mindfulness instructor, certified life coach and yoga instructor, reiki master, and shamanic practitioner. Her primary research interests include integrative treatments such as mindfulness for aphasia, attention, and aging.

Dr. Marshall's Aphasia and Aging Research Lab -

Dr. Marshall's Profile -


Ep. 11 - A Conversation with Margaret Blake - Right Hemisphere Damage and Disorders

Speaker: Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Houston

Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders after right hemisphere brain damage (RHD) and mild traumatic brain injury. Her work includes basic research on underlying deficits and treatment studies. She is the author of The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication as well as numerous articles and chapters on RHD. Dr. Blake has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based practice for disorders associated with RHD as well as ethics for speech-language pathologists. She served as the President of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences (ANCDS) in 2014, and has held leadership roles in the Clinical Aphasiology Conference and the Neurogenic Communication Disorders special interest group of ASHA. 

UH Communication Sciences & Disorders

The Awareness of Social Inferences Test

Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning & Executive Strategies 

The Montreal Protocol for the Evaluation of Communication


Ep. 10 - A Conversation with McKay Moore Sohlberg - Cognitive Rehabilitation

Speaker: Dr. McKay Moore Sohlberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CCC/SLP
Full Professor, Director of the Communication Disorders & Sciences Program
University of Oregon 

McKay Moore Sohlberg is a Full Professor and Director of the Communication Disorders & Sciences Program at University of Oregon, and a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Dr. Sohlberg has published numerous articles, chapters, and manuals on managing cognitive impairments following acquired brain injury and is co-author of two leading textbooks in the field. She has been funded on a number of federal projects supporting the development and evaluation of assistive technology to deliver cognitive rehabilitation, and to help individuals with cognitive impairment more fully integrate into their communities.

EGAS evaluation
The eGAS app is available as a beta app using Apple’s TestFlight service. We can add a bunch of email addresses to a 60 day test session, and then an invitation code will be sent to all the email addresses. Then, you just download the Apple TestFlight app, paste in the invitation code, and you’ll get the app for 60 days. After 60 days, if you want to keep trying it out, we can start a new test session. If people want to try it, they can send their email address to:[email protected]


Ep. 9 - An Interview with Julie Wambaugh - Apraxia of Speech

Speaker: Dr. Julie Wambaugh, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Utah 

Show Links
Strand, E. A., Duffy, J. R., Clark, H. M., & Josephs, K. (2014). The apraxia of speech rating scale: a tool for diagnosis and description of apraxia of speech. Journal of Communication Disorders, 51, 43-50. 
Full article at:

Ballard, K. J., Azizi, L., Duffy, J. R., McNeil, M. R., Halaki, M., O’Dwyer, N., . . . Robin, D. A. (2016). A predictive model for diagnosing stroke-related apraxia of speech. Neuropsychologia, 81, 129-139. 
Full article at:


Ep. 8 - An Interview with Natalie Douglas: Evidence Based Practice in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Speaker: Dr. Natalie Douglas, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology
Central Michigan University

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Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention -

Ep. 7 - An Interview with Rebecca Lewthwaite: Motivation Attention and Motor Learning

Speaker: Rebecca Lewthwaite
Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management and Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles


Ep. 6 - ANCDS Board Certification Discussion

Speaker: Kathryn Atkinson (SLP, Clinical Supervisor, Central Michigan University), Edna Babbitt (Research SLP, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), and Gail Ramsberger (Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder).


Ep. 5 - An Interview with Shirley Morganstein: Reflections on Relational Practice

Speaker: Shirley Morganstein 
Adjunct Professor
New York University


Ep. 4 - Treatment of Aphasia in Persons with Primary Progressive Aphasia

Speaker: Maya Henry
Assistant Professor
University of Texas, Austin


Ep. 3 - An Interview With Leanne Togher: speechBITE and Challenges to Evidence-Based Practice

Speaker: Professor Leanne Togher
Speech Pathologist and Researcher
The University of Sydney, Australia


Ep. 2 - An Interview With Felicity Bright: The Patient’s Engagement and Experience with You, the Speech Pathologist

Speaker: Felicity Bright, BSLT(Hons), MSLT(Hons)
Speech and Language Pathology, Physiotherapy, Allied Health Science
Auckland University of Technology


Ep. 1 - Interview with Dr. Julius Fridriksson: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and the Treatment of Persons with Aphasia

Speaker: Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Aphasia Laboratory
University of South Carolina, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 
Arnold School of Public Health