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Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Dr. Blake received her master's degree from Arizona State University and her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Blake teaches undergraduate anatomy & neuroanatomy courses, and graduate courses in disorders of speech/language/cognition in adults. Her primary research interest is communication disorders due to right hemisphere brain damage and mild TBI. She is one of the graduate advisors.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Major: Communication Science and Disorders
  • M.S., Arizona State University, Major: Speech and Hearing Science
  • B.S., Colorado State University, Major: Communication Disorders, Minor: Anatomy and Neurobiology

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Acquired Cognitive Disorders (COMD 6328)

Description, evaluation, and treatment of cognitive disorders due to traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere stroke, and dementia.

COMD 6261: Research Methodology in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Bases and techniques of experimentation in speech pathology and audiology. Emphasis on critical evaluation of evidence to support treatment of speech/language disorders.

Neuroscience for Communication (COMD 4333)

Foundations of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology relevant to speech, language, cognition, and swallowing.


Anatomy for Communication (COMD 2376)

Anatomic and physiologic mechanisms underlying swallowing, language, speech and other communication modalities. Systems covered include respiration, phonation, articulation/resonance, deglutition, and the nervous system.

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Research Interests

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Language and communication deficits associated with right hemisphere brain damage; short- and long-term consequences of mild TBI and sports concussion.

Current Research Project

Right hemisphere damage: My current research projects are designed to examine comprehension deficits in adults with right hemisphere brain damage, focusing on integration and inferencing processes.

Traumatic brain injury: My current research projects, in collaboration with Summer Ott, PsyD, Director of the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute Concussion Program UT Medical School at Houston, explore the assessment of cognitive deficits associated with sports concussion.

Read more about Dr. Blake's research »

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Research Grants

  • “Cognitive Strategy Training” - University of Houston CLASS Grant In Aid Program (2012).
  • “Cognitive Rest and Recovery from Concussion” - University of Houston Small Grants Program (2011).
  • “Treatment for language processing deficits in adults with right brain damage” (Co-PI with C.A.Tompkins) - National Institutes of Health/NIDCD (R01)
  • “Inference processes in adults with right brain damage.” - National Institutes of Health/NIDCD (R03)

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  •  Blake, M.T.,  Tompkins, C., Scharp, V., Meigh, K., & Wambaugh, J. (2014). Contextual Constraint Treatment for coarse coding deficit in adults with right hemisphere brain damage: Generalization to narrative discourse comprehension. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Published online July 1, 2014. DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2014.932290

  • Blake, M.T.,  Frymark, T., & Venedikov, R. (2012). An Evidence-Based Systematic Review on Communication Treatments for Individuals with Right Hemisphere Brain Damage. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 22, Published online Aug 9, 2012 as doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2012/12-0021)
  • Tompkins, C.A., Blake, M.T., Wambaugh, J., & Meigh, K. (2011). A novel, implicit treatment for language comprehension processes in right hemisphere brain damage: Phase I data. Aphasiology, First published on: 22 March 2011 (iFirst); DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2010.539784
  • Tompkins, C.A., Scharp, V., Meigh, K.,  Blake, M.T.,  & Wambaugh, J. (2012). Generalization of a novel, implicit treatment for coarse coding deficit in right hemisphere brain damage: A single subject experiment. Aphasiology, 26, 689-708.
  • Blake, M.L. (2009a). Inferencing processes after right hemisphere brain damage: Maintenance of inferences. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 52, 359-372.

  • Blake, M.L. (2009b). Inferencing processes after right hemisphere brain damage: Effects of contextual bias. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 52, 373-384.

  • Blake, M.L. & Baumgaertner, A. (2007). On the use medical record reviews for characterizing brain lesions. The Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 15, 357-370.

  • Blake, M.L. (2007) Perspectives on treatment for communication deficits associated with right hemisphere brain damage. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 331-342.

  • Blake, M.L. (2006). Clinical relevance of discourse characteristics after right hemisphere brain damage. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15, 255-267.

  • Blake, M.L., & Lesniewicz, K. (2005). Contextual bias and predictive inferencing in adults with and without right hemisphere brain damage. Aphasiology, 19, 423-434.


  • Blake, M.L. (2011). Cognitive Communication Disorders Associated with Right Hemisphere Brain Damage. In M.L Kimbarow (Ed.) Cognitive Communication Disorders. Plural Publishers.

  • Blake, M.L. (2010). Communication deficits associated with right hemisphere brain damage. In J..S Damico, N. Muller & M.J. Ball (Eds.) The Handbook of Language and Speech Disorders, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Blake, M.L. & Tompkins, C.A. (2008). Treatment efficacy: Cognitive-communication disorders resulting from right hemisphere brain damage. Rockville, MD, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • Myers, P.S. & Blake, M.L. (2008). Communication disorders associated with right hemisphere damage. In R.Chapey (Ed.) Language Intervention Strategies in Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders (5th Edn). (pp. 963-987). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

  • Blake, M.L. (2006). Disorders associated with right brain injury. In E. Hardy (Ed.) Patient and Caregiver Handouts for Adult Rehabilitation. (pp. 147-149). Austin, TX. Pro-Ed.

  • Blake, M.L., (2005). Right hemisphere syndrome. In L.L.LaPointe (Ed.), Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders. (pp. 213-224). New York: Thieme

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Professional Activities

  • President - Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders & Sciences 
  • Associate Editor - Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, Language Section
  • Reviewer - ASHA Students Preparing for Academic & Research Careers (SPARC) Award 
  • Program committee member - Clinical Aphasiology Conference 
  • Workshops
  • Management of Cognitive-Communication Disorders Associated with Right Hemisphere Brain Damage. Rehab Institute of Chicago Academy. (2-day workshop April 2014)
  • Acquired Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Right hemisphere brain damage and traumatic brain injury. Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association conference, Reno, NV. (2-day workshop April 2013)

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  • Editors AwardJournal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research
    Tompkins, C.A., Baumgaertner, A., Lehman, M.T., and Fassbinder, W. (2000) Mechanisms of discourse comprehension impairment after right hemisphere brain damage: Suppression and enhancement in lexical ambiguity resolution. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 43, 62-78.

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Affiliations and Links

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