Aphasia & Rehabilitation Outcomes Lab
Rebecca Hunting Pompon, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 up with her two children.
Patrycja Puzio, M.A., CCC-SLP
Research Coordinator | email@example.com
Patrycja joined the ARO Lab in 2023 as the research coordinator and lab manager. She has clinical experience working as a speech-language pathologist in acute care and inpatient rehab settings and treating across the adult lifespan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University. Patrycja has a strong interest in neurogenic communication disorders, as well as improving patient outcomes and clinical resource access. In her free time, Patrycja is often reading or spending time outdoors rock climbing and hiking.
Research Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 neurorehabilitatio
Courtney Jewell, B.A., M.A./Ph.D. Student, The Ohio State University
Doctoral Research Associate | email@example.com
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.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Brooke Donahue is an undergraduate junior at the University of Delaware. Upon Brooke’s graduation in 2025, she will be earning an Honors degree in Cognitive Science (PP-SLP) along with minors in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Sciences. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She has a strong interest in working with adults who have suffered strokes, TBIs, and other brain injuries causing communication difficulties. Brooke is also a NSSLHA member and a Writing Fellow for the Honors College on campus. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting and finding new music to add to her playlists and to share with her friends and family.
Sophia Mascari is a sophomore undergraduate student in the honors college here at the University of Delaware, and is majoring in Cognitive Science with two minors in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Sciences. She is pursuing a pre-professional Speech Language Pathology track and plans to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology after her completion of her undergraduate studies. Sophia is also involved in NSSHLA and the Meditation Club. Outside of school, she enjoys finding and cooking new meals and exploring different walking trails.
Stacy Harnish, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, The Aphasia Laboratory
Ohio State University
Jiyeon Lee, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Aphasia Research Lab
Nadine Martin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Lab
Jessica Obermeyer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
JoAnn Silkes, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Cognition and Language in Aphasia Lab
San Diego State University
Reva Zimmerman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, STRIDE Communication Lab
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
ARO LAB ALUMNI
Helen Mach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Hope Morrison, B.A.
Graduate Research Assistants
Teresa Highberger, B.S.
Mariah Graham, M.S., CCC-SLP
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Sarah Toth, Brynn Hovatter, Autumn Brown, Julia Burke, Randy Okero, Deanna Pernice, Justin Spence, Krista Thompson