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Thomas Marquardt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
E-mail Address: tmarq@mail.utexas.edu

Thomas Marquardt teaches courses in aphasia, dysarthria, differential diagnosis of communication disorders and introduction to communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Marquardt's primary research interests are in developmental and acquired apraxia of speech and differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders subsequent to brain damage. Dr. Marquardt is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Speech Motor COntrol and Emotional Processing Laboratory. The author of Neurogenic Communication Disorders and co-author of Appraisal and Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders, he has published articles in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Cortex, and Brain and Language on topics such as compensatory articulation in Broca's aphasia, the effects of linguistic factors on speech errors in acquired apraxia, syntax in developmental apraxia, and intelligibility of voice output communication aids. From 1982-1988 he served as Director of the Program in Communication Disorders (now Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders). Dr. Marquardt was recently inducted as an ASHA Fellow.

 
     
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Joyce Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
E-mail Address: joyceharris@mail.utexas.edu

Joyce L. Harris is an associate professor of speech-language pathology. Dr. Harris received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Before returning to UT in 2001, she held a nine-year appointment at The University of Memphis, where her research focused on language and cognitive aging. Dr. Harris is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Language and Cognitive Aging Laboratory. Much of her research involves the study of text comprehension in aging, particularly factors related to the comprehension of text-based health information. Harris is a co-editor and chapter contributor for Literacy in African American Communities (Erlbaum, 2001). Her print scholarship also includes some 25 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to normal and disordered communicative process across the lifespan. Currently, Dr. Harris serves as an Associate Editor for Language for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Chair of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing’s Board of Directors, and is a fellow of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.

 
     
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Swathi Kiran, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
E-mail Address: s-kiran@mail.utexas.edu
Web Address: http://webspace.utexas.edu/~kirans

Swathi Kiran joined our faculty in Speech-Language Pathology in January 2002. Her doctoral work, in the area of aphasia, was completed at Northwestern University. Dr. Kiran is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Aphasia Research Laboratory. Prof. Kiran's research interests, among others, include treatment methods promoting generalization effects in aphasia, lexical-semantic processing in individuals with and without aphasia, and acquired reading and writing disorders in aphasia. For several years she has worked as Laboratory Manager for the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory at Northwestern. She has also worked as a speech-language pathologist and audiologist in Madras, India. Prof. Kiran has published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Aphasiology, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. She was recipient of a Cognitive Science Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research at Northwestern University, for 2000-2001.

 
     
 

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Dan Harris, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP
E-mail Address: docdanh@aol.com

Dan Harris has been an adjunct assistant professor of speech-language pathology and audiology at U.T. Austin since 1988. His activities in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders have included teaching graduate courses, supervising students in clinical practicum, participating in research projects with department faculty, and serving on doctoral and masters thesis committees. He has been involved in the publication of over 35 research articles, and has authored book chapters on central auditory processing disorders in children, and auditory evoked potentials in rehabilitation of patients with brain injuries. Presently, he practices clinical audiology at Adult Care of Austin, providing hearing and balance diagnostics, as well as hearing aid fittings. Also, he currently provides speech pathology services at South Austin Hospital for acute-care patients with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders.
 
     
 

Students

 
     
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Valarie Beavers Fleming, M.A., CCC-SLP
E-mail Address: valarie.fleming@gmail.com

Valarie Beavers Fleming received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Memphis and is currently a doctoral student in communication sciences and disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests are in adult neurogenic disorders, aging and cognition, and multicultural issues in communication. She is currently involved in research projects with the Language and Cognitive Aging Lab under the direction of Dr. Joyce L. Harris.

 
     
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