Brielle Stark

Brielle Stark

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Director, Neural Research Lab

Education

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

Research interests

  • Evaluation of language and cognition in typical aging and after brain injury (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury), with a specialty in aphasia
  • Understanding brain structure and function underlying language in aphasia and in typical aging through the use of MRI (e.g. fMRI, DTI/DWI/DKI, lesion analysis)
  • Evaluating and improving upon the psychometric properties and outcomes of connected speech / spoken discourse – in aphasia

About Brielle Stark

I completed my doctoral work 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 collaborate closely with colleagues in the Psychological and Brain Sciences here at Indiana University.

Funding

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