Michelle L. Gravier, PhD
Michelle Gravier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP received her doctorate from the Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders at San Diego State/University of California San Diego with a focus on adult acquired language disorders and a specialty in neuroimaging. She is also a certified speech-language pathologist with over nine years of clinical experience in evaluation and rehabilitation of language disorders resulting from brain damage (aphasia). Dr. Gravier joined VAPHS in 2015 and is currently working on identifying factors that may help speech-language clinicians determine which individuals with aphasia may be better candidates for particular language treatments. She is also interested in exploring the relationship between changes in the structure and function of the brain resulting from language treatment and language recovery.
Investigator Research Interests
- Temporary Adjunct Faculty California University of Pennsylvania
What are the 3 most important questions that define your research program?
- What are the patterns of functional and structural change in the brain (neuroplasticity) that underlie/accompany positive behavioral change in response to speech-language treatment in chronic aphasia?
- What person-level factors (biomarkers) predict/contribute to the capacity for neuroplasticity in response to speech-language treatment in chronic aphasia?
- What kinds of interventions, including non-invasive brain stimulation, best promote beneficial neuroplasticity in response to speech-language treatment in chronic aphasia?
What are five key words that best describe your areas of interest?
What are up to 5 technologies, models, methods, analytical approaches or other forms of expertise that characterize your research program?
- Structural neuroimaging and lesion-deficit analyses
- Functional neuroimaging
- Non-invasive brain stimulation, particularly repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches for aphasia
- Online measures of language processing including eye-tracking while listening and reaction time priming paradigms