Dr. Leora Cherney

Leora R. Cherney, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Scientific Chair, Think + Speak Lab
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Communication Sciences & Disorders
Director - Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment
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About Me

Dr. Cherney's career working with adults with neurogenic communication disorders spans more than 35 years. Clinically, she founded and currently directs Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's specialized Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia program. She also is responsible for the weekly aphasia community conversation groups and classes. Dr. Cherney has a continuous record as Principal Investigator on federal, private, and industry-sponsored research grants focusing on novel treatments and evaluating their efficacy. Topics of her research include: using state-of-the-art software with a digital therapist given face-to-face and over the internet; evaluating the addition of a pharmacologic agent, L-dopa, to behavioral language therapy; and examining the effects of cortical stimulation (epidural cortical stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation) combined with speech-language therapy for persons with aphasia. Additionally, she is examining treatment variables (e.g. cuing, feedback) that affect the acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of skills and how acquisition can be optimized and forgetting minimized by manipulating the time distribution of treatment. Dr. Cherney has published four books, and presents her work nationally and internationally.

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    1975 - 1978
    University of Cape Town, South Africa, Logopaedics
    1979 - 1980
    Northwestern University, Communication Sciences and Disorders - Speech and Language Pathology
    Northwestern University, Communication Sciences and Disorders - Speech and Language Pathology

Honors & Awards

  • National Stroke Association Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke
    ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine , 2017
  • Honors of the Association
    Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2014
  • Fellow
    American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2001
  • Fellow
    Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2001
  • Board Certified
    Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, 1994

Affiliations

  • Executive Board
    Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, 2015 - 2016
  • Founding Member
    AphasiaAccess, 2011
  • Steering Committee
    Clinical Aphasiology Conference, 2009
  • Chair - Continuing Education Committee
    Clinical Aphasiology Conference, 2013
  • Certification Board - Member, Associate Chair and then Chair
    Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, 2003
  • Executive Board and VP - Professional Relations
    Illinois Speech Language and Hearing Association, 1998
  • Nominations Committee
    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015
  • Advisory Board
    National Aphasia Association, 2008
  • Section Editor - Editorial Board
    Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013
  • Member - Editorial Board
    Aphasiology
    , 2013

Research Interests

  • Rehabilitation approaches for a variety of neurologic cognitive and communication disorders, with a special emphasis on aphasia
  • Investigation of optimum dosage and scheduling of treatment
  • Development, evaluation, and implementation of computer-based treatments using state-of -the art technology including "virtual therapists"
  • Neuromodulation for aphasia recovery after stroke
  • Neurophysiology of language and the neurophysiologic changes that occur following treatments for aphasia

Selected Grants

  • National Institutes of Health (NIDCD)
    1R01DC011754, 2011 - 2017
  • NIDILRR
    90AR5015 (formerly H133P120013)., 2012 - 2018
  • NIDILRR
    90IF0034 (formerly H133G120123)., 2012 - 2016
  • NIDILRR
    90RT5027 (formerly H133B140012) - subproject 3, 2014 - 2019
  • NIDILRR
    90RE5013 (formerly H133E130019) - subproject 2, 2013 - 2018
  • Evergreen Invitational Women’s Health Grants Initiative
    2015 - 2017
  • Catalyst Award - RIC & McCormick School of Engineering
    2016 - 2017

My Lab

Center for Aphasia Research & Treatment

The Center for Aphasia Research & Treatment was created in 2001 to respond to the challenge of living with aphasia.

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