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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Ellyn Riley

Riley portrait

Associate Professor

Communication Sciences and Disorders

1200 621 Skytop

315.443.9621

earil100@syr.edu


Research and Teaching Interests

Acquired disorders of language, improving treatment outcomes for persons with aphasia, the role that cognitive fatigue plays in the recovery process, biofeedback as a tool to enhance speech and language therapy for the stroke population. For a complete listing of Dr. Riley's research go to her Laboratory Website.

Research Spotlight

Our research lab is interested in learning more about how to improve treatments for aphasia, a language disorder primarily caused by stroke. For example, severe fatigue is a common problem in the stroke population and current speech-language therapy does not typically include specific protocols for fatigue management. The lab’s is currently focused on developing an objective and clinically-practical method of detecting fatigue in patients with aphasia. With the development of better fatigue detection systems, we can begin to investigate effects of fatigue on treatment outcomes and develop protocols for fatigue management during therapy.

Courses

CSD 726 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I

CSD 409/609 Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language

CSD 345/645 Speech Science

Education

Northwestern University, Ph.D., Communication Sciences Disorders, 2011
Northwestern University, M.A., Speech-Langauge Pathology, 2009
University of New Mexico, B.S., Biology, 2004

Career

Assistant Research Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Department of Neurology, 2016-present

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Department of Communications Sciences & Disorders, 2014-present

Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, 2012-2014

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University, Aphasia & Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory, 2011-2012

Selected Publications

Riley, E.A., Barbieri, E., Weintraub, S., Mesulam, M.M, & Thompson, C.K. (2018). Semantic typicality effects in Primary Progressive Aphasia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. doi: 10.1177/1533317518762443

Riley, E.A. & McFarland, D.J. (2017). EEG error prediction as a solution for combining the advantages of retrieval practice and errorless learning. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 11:140. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00140

Riley, E.A. (2016). Patient fatigue in aphasia treatment: A survey of speech-language pathologists. Communication Disorders Quarterly. doi:10.1177/1525740116656330

Riley, E.A., & Thompson, C.K. (2015). Training pseudoword reading in acquired dyslexia: A phonological complexity approach. Aphasiology, 29(2), 129-150.

Riley, E.A., Brookshire, C.E. & Kendall, D.L. (2015). Acquired alexias: Mechanisms of reading. In Raymer, A.M. & Gonzalez-Rothi, L.J. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Aphasia and Language Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Thompson, C.K., Riley, E.A., Den Ouden, D.B., Meltzer-Asscher, A., & Lukic, S. (2013). Training verb argument structure production in agrammatic aphasia: Behavioral and neural recovery patterns. Cortex, 49(9), 2358-2376.

Riley, E.A. & Kendall, D.L. (2011). The acquired disorders of reading. In Papathanassiou, Coppens, & Potagas (Eds.), Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders, 1st Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.

Riley, E.A., & Thompson, C.K. (2010). Ortho-phonological cueing may be a viable method of treating anomia in Chinese for speakers with alphabetic script knowledge. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment & Intervention, 4(1), 49-53.

Riley, E.A. & Thompson, C.K. (2010). Semantic typicality effects in acquired dyslexia: Evidence for semantic impairment in deep dyslexia. Aphasiology, 24 (6-8), 802-813.

News

Professor Examines Link Between Sleep, Aphasia Recovery

(Sept. 28, 2016)

Professor Asks if Sleep Speeds Stroke-Related Language Disorder Recovery