Brielle Stark

Brielle Stark

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Core Faculty, Program for Neuroscience

Affiliated Faculty, Cognitive Science Program

Director, Neural Research Lab

Co-Founder, FOQUSAphasia


  • Ph.D. Clinical Neuroscience, Cambridge University (UK), 2016
  • B.A. Psychology, Neural & Behavioral Science, Bryn Mawr College, 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, 2011

Research interests

  • Spoken discourse in aphasia, especially its clinical utility, and the scientific rigor with which we use it; co-founder of FOQUSAphasia (
  • Gesture and its relationship with language and communication in persons with brain injury, specifically aphasia and moderate and severe traumatic brain injury
  • Neuroimaging (MRI) and neuropsychological characterization of language and cognition in typical aging and after brain injury (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury), with a specialty in aphasia

About Brielle Stark

I was a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar during my doctoral work, which focused on the effectiveness and feasibility of iPad-delivered speech-language therapy in adults with post-stroke aphasia. Using MRI, I also evaluated the neural correlates of inner speech in this population, an endeavor I still presently research. During my postdoctoral fellowship, I researched brain and genetic biomarkers related to acquired language difficulties and language improvements following transcranial direct-current stimulation in post-stroke aphasia. Presently, I am interested in modeling and predicting language reorganization and recovery in acquired adult language disorders and in older adults using structural and functional brain markers acquired from MRI. I also am the co-founder of an international working group, FOQUSAphasia (, which brings together experts to improve the research evidence on spoken discourse specific to aphasia. Finally, I am very interested in manual gesture's relationship with language and communication with brain injury. In 2021, I was one of four faculty awarded the IU Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Center for Women & Technology, and a Trustee's Teaching Award. In 2021, I was also one of four scholars nominated and named as a Distinguished Aphasia Scholar USA by The Tavistock Trust UK.


  • Distinguished Aphasia Scholar USA (one of four nationally), The Tavistock Trust UK, 2021

    IU Trustees Teaching Award, 2021

  • IU Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award, Center for Women & Technology, 2021

  • ​American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Investigator Grant, 2019-2020