PhD – Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences – University of Arizona – 2006
MS – Speech-Language Pathology – University of Arizona – 2000
BSc – Psychology – University of Alberta – 1998
Research Affiliate - Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
After receiving her BSc (Psychology) from the University of Alberta, Dr. Kim completed graduate and post-graduate training at the University of Arizona. She has worked in several settings with adult neurogenic clients, including skilled nursing facilities, home health and the Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona. She joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in December 2009.
Dr. Kim's research focuses on investigating cognitive factors contributing to language processing (particularly written language processing) and treatments to remediate acquired language disorders. She also investigates treatment-induced neuroplasticity in adults with acquired neurological communication disorders. She is a Research Affiliate of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, and a member of the Centre for Neuroscience and Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience.
Dr. Kim is also actively involved in aphasia awareness and advocacy in the community. She is co-founder of the Alberta Aphasia Camp, in partnership with March of Dimes Canada.
The ultimate goal of our research lab is to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by acquired language disorders. Research in the lab includes studies designed to investigate cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing, developing evidence-based treatments, examining methods for increasing neural plasticity and promoting quality of life through Life Participation Approach for Aphasia (LPAA) based interventions.
We use a combination of behavioural and clinical methods to examine cognitive (e.g., attention, working memory) and linguistic (e.g., semantic, orthographic, phonologic) processing in adults with acquired and progressive language disorders, and healthy aging populations. We also use non-invasive brain stimulation techniques - specifically transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) - in conjunction with behavioural speech-language treatment to investigate neural plasticity in aphasia.
Enhancing neural plasticity in aphasia
Dr. Kim is currently recruiting individuals with aphasia as well as healthy controls (age 40+) for these research studies. Please contact her via telephone (780-248-1542) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Study of acquired aphasia including the nature of the underlying neuropathologies, methods of differential diagnosis and comprehensive assessment, and clinically-pertinent behavioral management strategies. Students will develop their understanding of the course material via a series of clinical problem solving and treatment planning exercises. Prerequisite: CSD 502 or equivalent. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 520.Winter Term 2021
This study examines the impact of education on aphasia and communication support on the participation of people with aphasia in their communities.
Participants will receive speech-language treatment directed towards verbal expression or reading comprehension, coupled with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This study takes place in collaboration with clinicians at the Glenrose Rehabiltitation Hospital.
20200301 - 20201231
This study examines language outcomes following training with a voice adaptive tablet-based training application for naming impairments in aphasia. Participants will be randomly assigned to received training for 5 weeks using a tablet-based home program, or to a waitlist control group, who will receive the training after a 5-week waitlist period is up.