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 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.  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. For more information on clinical trainings and resources, visit www.CliniciansKit.com.

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

Brittany Stroker, M.S., CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student Researcher | bstroker@udel.edu

Brittany Stroker earned her M.S. in speech pathology in 2015 from Marywood University and has worked in skilled nursing facilities since graduating.  Additionally she has experiencing working in a Parkinson’s Life Center for two years.  In these work experiences she worked with clients with aphasia, dementia, dysphagia, and a variety of other communication and cognitive disorders.  She is also on the coordinating committee and professional development committees for ASHA’s Gerontology Special Interest Group. Brittany is now attending the University of Delaware to obtain her PhD in Speech Pathology with a focus on aphasia. Outside of the lab she enjoys reading, knitting, crocheting, running, and spending time with her dog and two cats.

Becky Dublin, B.A.

Research Coordinator  |  rdublin@udel.edu

Becky Dublin has professional experience 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. She gained clinical experience at a long-term neurorehabilitation facility as a Lead Brain Injury Specialist, helping clients with aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, among other cognitive and communication disorders. In this role, she saw 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. 

Our UD “Sister” Lab: Measure What Matters Lab

Matthew L. Cohen, Ph.D

Director, Measure What Matters Lab

Dr. Cohen is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of cognition, emotion, and behavior, particularly for individuals with neurological conditions.  He is interested in the assessment of health outcomes that are subjective and personal to the patient (like quality of life).  Dr. Cohen specializes in the creation and modification of health questionnaires (also called patient-reported outcomes measure) to benefit adults with cognitive and language disorders.

Alyssa Lanzi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Research Assistant Professor | lanzia@udel.edu

Dr. Lanzi is a speech-language pathologist and clinical researcher who specializes in person-centered care for individuals with acquired and progressive cognitive communication disorders. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of South Florida investigating external memory aid assessment and treatment approaches for individuals with mild neurocognitive disorder, and received advanced clinical training as a speech-language pathologist at Voices of Hope for Aphasia in St. Petersburg, Florida. She recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with Dr. Cohen in our “sister” lab, the Measure What Matters Lab and has joined the faculty in UD’s Communication Sciences & Disorders department. Dr. Lanzi is interested in developing and modifying patient reported health questionnaires and bridging the gap between such assessments and functional treatment approaches to enhance the everyday lives of adults with cognitive and language impairments.

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

Krista Thompson

Autumn Brown








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 – “CAT: Is Lexical Retrieval Therapy an Effective Therapy Approach for all Adults with Primary Progressive Aphasia?”