Aphasia & Rehabilitation Outcomes Lab

Rebecca Hunting Pompon, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator | rhp@udel.edu

Rebecca Hunting Pompon, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator of the Aphasia & Rehabilitation Outcomes Lab (UD ARO Lab) and Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Hunting Pompon received a master’s degree in Counseling from Seattle University, and has clinical experience in adult mental health, in addition to 15 years of experience in the non-profit medical, social justice, and mental health sectors. She completed a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington, with an emphasis on aphasia, its rehabilitation, and the cognitive functions involved in language processing.

Dr. Hunting Pompon’s current research focuses on aphasia and biopsychosocial factors — like chronic stress and depression — and how these factors may be measured in people with aphasia and impact rehabilitation outcomes.  Other research interests include cognitive-linguistic processes and aphasia treatment engagement and response.

Dr. Hunting Pompon trains and advises clinicians across the allied health professions on interpersonal communication and counseling skills in a variety of clinical contexts (see course series “Building Counseling Skills” produced by MedBridge Education).

Outside of her work, Dr. Hunting Pompon enjoys movies, drawing, swimming, and trying to keep plants alive and up with her two children.

Becky Dublin, B.A., M.A. Student

Research Coordinator  |  rdublin@udel.edu

Becky Dublin has served as research coordinator and lab manager of ARO Lab since 2019, following professional experiences as a brain injury specialist, as well as in marketing and public relations. She is passionate about neurorehabilitation, creative problem solving, communication, and language, and she has both personal experience and a vested interest in brain injury. During her clinical experience at a long-term neurorehabilitation facility as a Lead Brain Injury Specialist, she learned the importance of improving rehabilitation outcomes and making advancements in the Communication Sciences & Disorders research field. Before coming to the University of Delaware, she volunteered at Temple University’s Speech Language And Brain Lab, concentrating on acquired apraxia of speech. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from West Chester University in 2012, and in her free time she enjoys reading, weightlifting, and spending time with her dog. 

Courtney Jewell, B.A., M.A./Ph.D. Student, The Ohio State University

Doctoral Research Associate  |  jewell.196@osu.edu

Courtney Jewell is a third year dual M.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University under the mentorship of Dr. Stacy Harnish. She received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology, along with a minor in Gerontology, from Indiana University in 2020. Her current research interests lie in cognitive predictors of aphasia treatment response, psychosocial factors impeding positive life outcomes, and bridging the gap between mental health service delivery for individuals with language impairments. Courtney is completing a research rotation in the UD ARO Lab. In her free time, Courtney enjoys playing sand volleyball, running, and baking.

Julia Burk has been an undergraduate Research Assistant in the ARO Lab since Fall 2020. She is majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Pre-Professional Speech/Language Pathology and minoring in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Sciences. She plans to attend graduate school to receive her masters in speech pathology and become a speech therapist. Although Julia has prior experience working with children, she enjoys meeting and working with adults with aphasia.

Deanna Pernice has been an undergraduate Research Assistant in the ARO Lab since Spring 2021, and recently graduated from the University of Delaware in December 2022. She will continue as part of the ARO Lab team while she prepares for graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology. Deanna enjoys learning about and from individuals with aphasia, as well as painting, going for walks, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Lab Alumni & Student Projects


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Helen Mach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Research Coordinator

Hope Morrison, B.A.

Graduate Research Assistants

Teresa Highberger, B.S.

Mariah Graham, M.S., CCC-SLP

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Autumn Brown

Randy Okero

Krista Thompson




Lizzie Frederick – “Does socioeconomic status influence language rehabilitation outcomes in aphasia?”

Mitali Patel – “Exploring associations between chronic stress and rehabilitation learning in people with aphasia.” 


Kate Anderson – “Post-stroke fatigue and its impact on aphasia therapy”

Jennifer Fritz – “Group singing, quality of life, and social participation in communication disorders.”

Caroline Grimes – “Post-stroke fatigue, depression, and therapy motivation.”

Colleen Yerger – “Group participation, friendship, and quality of life for people with aphasia.” 


Emily Benoit – “Assessing changes in resilience following treatment for aphasia: a capstone project”

Mariah Graham – “Communication Training for Healthcare Providers of Patients with Communication Disorders”

Abby Hidalgo – “Clinical Administrative Staff Training on Communicating with People with Communication Disorders”

Lindsay Reiner – “Clinician-provider Relationships and Adherence to Treatment” 


Cynthia Hagerty – “Investigating Communicative Participation in Adults with Aphasia Following 2-week Intensive Summer Program”

Brett Myles – “The Canyon Behind Them: A Stroke Caregiver Documentary”

Kayla Rivoli – “Prevalence of Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction Among Speech-Language Pathologists”


Alexis Ryan – “Is lexical retrieval therapy an effective approach for all adults with primary progressive aphasia?”