Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
100 Clinical Research Services
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-6018

Phone: (713) 743-2897
Fax: (713) 743-2926  

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Dr. Lynn M. Maher, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor and Department Chair

  • Phone: (713) 743-3782 
  • Fax: (713) 743-2926
  • Email: lmmaher@uh.edu 
  • Office: Clinical Research Services 100

Dr. Lynn M. Maher is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. Dr. Maher has faculty appointments at Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Oslo, Norway. She is a Research Health Science Specialist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston and an Investigator in the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence in Gainesville, FL. Her research interests, funded by the NIH and the VA Rehab R & D, are in the understanding and rehabilitation of aphasia and related disorders.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Florida, Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • M.A., George Washington University, Major: Speech Pathology
  • B.A., The Catholic University of America, Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology

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Teaching

Aphasia and Related Communication Disorders (COMD 6334)

Symptomatology, diagnosis and treatment of acquired neurogenic communication disorders including aphasia, alexia, agraphia and agnosia.

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Research Interests

My current research focus is on exploring ways to exploit the brain’s neuroplastic potential for recovery of function following brain damage.  Recent funding from the NIH Veteran’s Affairs Rehabilitation Research Service has supported investigations of errorless learning in aphasia rehabilitation and use-dependent learning in the form of Constraint Induced Language Therapy.  My current NIH-NINDS funded project is in collaboration with investigators at UT Medical School in Houston and involves MEG imaging of individuals with aphasia before and after CILT to evaluate changes in neural activity as a result of therapy. Read more about Dr. Maher's research »

Research Grants

  • Functional Brain Reorganization in Stroke Recovery: Project 1: Brain Plasticity and Recovery in Aphasia after Stroke, 2004-2009; NIH/NINDS.
  • An Investigation of Constraint Induced Language Therapy for Treatment of Aphasia, 2003-2006; VA Rehab Research & Development

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Selected Publications

  • Breier J.I., Juranek J., Schmadeke S., Maher L.M., Papanicolaou A.C. (2009) Behavioral and neurophysiological response to therapy for chronic aphasia.Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 12, 2026-2033.
  • Breier, J.L., Randle, S., Maher, L.M. Papanicolaou, A. (2009). Changes in maps of language activity activation following melodic intonation therapy using magnetoencephalography: Two case studies. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.
  • Raymer, A.M., Beeson, P., Holland, A., Maher, L.M., Martin, N., Murray, L., et al. (2008). Translational research in aphasia: From neuroscience to neurorehabilitation. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research.
  • Breier, J., Maher, L.M., Schmadeke, S., Hasan, K.M., Papanicolaou, A. (2007). Changes in language-specific brain activation after therapy for aphasia using magnetoencephalography: a case study. Neurocase, 13, 169-177.
  • Breier, J., Maher, L.M., Castillo, E., Novak, B., Papanicolaou, A. (2007). Neurophysiologial changes in receptive language cortex with age using magnetoencephalography. Neurocase.
  • Maher, L.M., Kendall, D., Swearengin, J.A., Rodriguez, A., Leon, S.A., Pingel, K., Holland, A.,Gonzalez Rothi, L.J. (2006). A pilot study of use-dependent learning in the context of Constraint Induced Language Therapy. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12, 843-852.
  • Breier, J., Maher, L.M., Castillo, E., Novak, B., Papanicolaou, A. (2006). Functional imaging before and after constraint induced language therapy for aphasia using magnetoencephalography. Neurocase, 12, 322-331.
  • Wierenga, C.E., Maher, L.M., Anna Bacon Moore, A.B., Swearengin, J., Soltysik, D.A., Peck,K., Gopinath,K.S., Singletary, F., Rothi, L.J.G., Briggs, R.W., & Crosson, B. (2006). Neural Substrates of Syntactic Mapping Treatment: An fMRI Study of Two Cases. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 132-146.
  • Maher, L.M. & Raymer, A.M. (2004). Management of anomia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation,11, 10-21.

 

For a complete list of Dr. Maher's publications, please visit her curriculum vitae.

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Professional Activities

  • Member At-Large, Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Review subcommittee

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Honors

  • Certificate of Appreciation, Brain Injury Association of Indiana, 2006
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education (ACE), 2004
  • Special Recognition Award, VA Association of Speech Language Pathologists, 2003
  • Certificate of Appreciation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2002

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Affiliations and Links

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