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


Professor and Department Chair
Phone: (713) 743-2894
Office:  Melcher Life Sciences M166J
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Blake is the current Chair of the UHComD department. Her expertise is in cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage (RHD). She has been researching and teaching in this area for over 20 years and is the author of The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication.


  • Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • M.S., Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • B.S., Communication Disorders, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


  • Research and Critical Thinking (COMD 6261)
  • Neuroscience for Communication Disorders (COMD 4333)

Research Interests

Cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage occur with the same frequency as aphasia yet receive substantially less attention in the medical and speech-language pathology literature. As part of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) writing group, Dr. Blake is spearheading a series of systematic reviews to explore the prevalence and patterns of occurrence of cognitive-communication disorders after RHD. Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. Tatiana Schnur from Baylor College of Medicine, she is examining theory of mind following RHD and its relationship to other cognitive and language processes in a longitudinal study.

For more information, view Dr. Blake’s research page.


Selected Publications

(For a full list of publications, see CV.)

  • Durfee, A. Z., Sheppard, S. M., Blake, M. L., & Hillis, A. E. (2021) Lesion loci of impaired affective prosody: A systematic review of evidence from stroke. Brain and Cognition.

  • Minga, J., Johnson, M. Blake, M. L., Fromm, D., & MacWhinney, B. (2021). Making sense of right hemisphere discourse using RHDBank. Topics in Language Disorders, 41, 99-122. doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000244

  • Blake, M. L. Communication deficits associated with right hemisphere brain damage (2021). in J. S. Damico, N. Muller, & M. J. Ball The handbook of language and speech disorders (2nd Edition).

  • *Ramsey, A., & Blake, M. L. (2020). Speech-language pathology practices for adults with right hemisphere stroke: What are we missing? American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 29(2), 741–759.

  • *Look, R., *Shoemaker, H., Hoepner, J. K., & Lehman Blake, M. (2020). Reciprocal benefits of engaging undergraduate researchers in conducting a systematic literature review. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups SIG10, 1–11.


*student co-author 


  • University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award (2015-16)

Professional Activities

  • International Cognitive-Communication Disorders Conference Publications Editor (2020-21)
  • Clinical Aphasiology Conference Publications Editor (2016-2018)
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences President (2014)