Gail Ramsberger
Associate Professor
Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

Department of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences
Campus Box 409 
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80304-0409

Dr. Ramsberger's research focuses on the rehabilitation of persons with acquired neurologically based language and cognitive disorders. In her efforts to discover new and effective rehabilitation approaches, she seeks to understand the linguistic,cognitive, social, environmental and emotional factors that contribute to communicative success. 

Dr. Ramsberger's current research projects are aimed at better understanding the variables that contribute to functional outcomes in people who have aphasia, with the ultimate goal of using this information to develop more effective rehabilitation programs. Two projects are collaborative efforts with Akira Miyake, Ph.D., in which expertise from the fields of cognitive psychology and speech-language pathology are being combined to study the role that nonlinguistic cognitive processes (more specifically, executive functions) play in the communicative success of persons with aphasia. This project reflects a paradigm shift in two dimensions of traditional aphasia rehabilitation research focus. First, instead of emphasizing the production and comprehension of linguistically well-formed sentences in laboratory situations, their work focuses on functional communication in real life situations. Second, instead of emphasizing the role of purely linguistic processes, their work recognizes the importance of nonlinguistic process in real life communication. 

A third project is a collaborative effort with Lise Menn, Ph.D., in which expertise from the fields of linguistics and speech-language pathology are being combined to study the role that communicative partnerships play in the communicative success of persons with aphasia. This project examines conversational interactions of people with aphasia and communicative partners who do not have aphasia. Building upon methodology that has been used in conversational analysis of neurologically intact people, they are studying conversational interactions in order to better understand the linguistic and nonlinguistic means by which communication is achieved. 

Selected Publications:

Ramsberger, G., & Rende, B. (in press). Measuring transactional success in the conversation of people with aphasia. Aphasiology.

Rende, B., Ramsberger, G., & Miyake, A. (in press). Commonalities and differences in the working memory components underlying letter and category fluency tasks: A dual task investigation. Neuropsychology.

Ramsberger, G., & Menn, L. (in press). Co-Constructing Lucy: Adding a social perspective to the assessment of communication success in aphasia. In Goodwin, C. (Ed.), The Pragmatic Life of Brain Damaged Patients: Situating Language Impairments Within Conversation. London: Oxford University Press.

Gahl, S., Menn, L., Ramsberger, G., Jurafsky, D. S., Elder, E., Reweg, M., & Holland, A. L. (in press). Syntactic frame and verb bias in aphasia: Plausibility judgments of undergoer-subject sentences. Brain and Cognition.

Ramsberger, G., Miyake, A., Menn, L., Reilly, K., & Filley, C. (1999). Selective preservation of geographic and numeric information in a patient with severe anomia. Aphasiology 13, 8, 625-645.