Research associate professor Dr. Gayle DeDe and her team have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effectiveness of conversational therapy for people with aphasia.
[Photo: Dr. Gayle DeDe]
The three-year grant marks the first time the NIH has funded research on conversational treatment for aphasia, a chronic language disorder that can affect any aspect of communication.
“It feels like a huge milestone. I think it’s something that [NIH has] wanted to do,” DeDe says.
Temple’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is ideally suited for this type of study because it operates the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple (PACT), which provides services to an active community of people with aphasia.