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Aimee Dietz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Dietz is a speech-language pathologist specializing in neurogenic communication disorders and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She teaches courses in the areas of AAC, aphasia and motor speech disorders. Her primary research interests concern the development of AAC interventions that help people with aphasia simultaneously recover language and compensate for deficits. Specifically, she is interested in using neuroimaging technologies; these include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), as biomarkers for AAC treatment-induced language recovery in people with aphasia.   

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AAC & Aphasia Lab

The mission of the UC AAC & Aphasia Lab is to improve the communication quality of life for people with aphasia through:

  • Researching the impact of interventions on the communicative performance of people with aphasia
  • Collaborating with local speech-language  pathologists and stroke survivors to increase community awareness of aphasia
  • Mentoring students in CSD to become future clinicians and researchers

Funding

Projects in the AAC & Aphasia lab are funded supported by a Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (National Institutes of Health) KL2 and T1. The purpose of these projects is to examine the underlying cortical changes in people with chronic and sub-acute aphasia using fMRI, following a high-tech AAC intervention. In addition, a UC Faculty Development Council Faculty Development Grant is supporting the exploration of associated eye motor movements associated with the use of supported reading strategies by people with chronic aphasia.

Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (National Institutes of Health) KL2 and T1. The purpose of these projects is to examine the underlying cortical changes in people with chronic and sub-acute aphasia using fMRI, following a high-tech AAC intervention. In addition, a UC Faculty Development Council Faculty Development Grant is supporting the exploration of associated eye motor movements associated with the use of supported reading strategies by people with chronic aphasia.

 Dr. Dietz also serves as a consultant to Dr. Szaflarski (University of Alabama-Birmingham) on two NIH-funded R01’s examining the effect of constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation rTMS on the language recovery of people with aphasia.

 

Doctoral Students

Julie Griffith, MA, CCC-SLP (Doctoral Candidate)
-Research Interests: transcranial magnetic stimulation and aphasia interventions
-Dissertation Topic: Effect of Clinician Cueing on Language Performance in People with Aphasia
Email: griff2jd@mail.uc.edu

Narae Hyun
-Research Interests: AAC & Aphasia, Neuroimaging
Email: hyunne@mail.uc.edu

Master’s Students

Jessica Bagby
Shellby Weaver
Julie Rettig

Undergraduate Students

Emily Boggs (senior)
Andre Leysath (senior)
Emily Haynes (senior)
Alexandra Perrault (senior)

Curriculum Vitae (select link to view)

Aimee Dietz, PhD
Aimee Dietz, PhD
Associate Professor
Phone: 513-558-8551
Email: aimee.dietz@uc.edu

Contact Us

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500
Email: csd@uc.edu

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