Invited speakers

Mira Goral

(City University of New York, USA; University of Oslo, Norway)

Mira Goral, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and the Executive Officer of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She is also an Adjunct Professor at The Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, the University of Oslo. She completed her B.A. in Linguistics at Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. in Neurolinguistics at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She has published journal articles and book chapters in the areas of bilingualism, multilingualism, aphasia, language attrition, and language and cognition in aging, and has co-edited two books (Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia; Bilingualism: A Framework for Understanding the Mental Lexicon). She has taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students and directs the Lehman Neurolinguistics lab.

Professor Goral’s pesentation will focus on the manifestation of aphasia in multilingual individuals. The effects of age of acquisition, language proficiency, and language use and exposure on observed language abilities and deficits will be examined. Implications for the representation of multiple languages in a single brain will be discussed.

Presentation title:
“Aphasia and the multilingual brain”


Please note that prof. Abutalebi’s presentations have been cancelled.



Annie Hill

(University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Annie Hill is a senior postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation and the Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation and Recovery, at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Annie’s research has spanned all modes of telerehabilitation and most aspects of adult speech pathology practice, although her primary focus has been on telerehabilitation for aphasia post-stroke. Annie is ranked #1 in the world for aphasia telerehabilitation publications (Telerehabilitation AND Aphasia: Web of Science 20/03/2019) and she has won a number awards for conference presentations and research excellence.

Presentation titles:
“Aphasia telerehabilitation research and visions of new models of care”
“Implementation considerations in telerehabilitation for aphasia”


Matti Lehtihalmes

(University of Oulu, Finland)

Presentation title:
“Aphasia rehabilitation in virtual reality”


Johanna Naamanka

(Coronaria, Finland)

“I’ve graduated as a speech-language pathologist in 2010 from University of Oulu, Finland, and have worked with a variety of different clients face to face and via telepractice. I have been developing telepractice in speech therapy from 2014, when I participated in ATA speech therapy in Telepractice Training in Maine, USA. I also took part in telepractice research for Kelas’ telepractice guide that was published in 2016.”

Presentation title:
Aphasia telerehabilitation in Finland”


Monica Norvik

(University of Oslo, Norway; Statped, Norway; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

Monica Norvik is a speech and language therapist (SLT) with a PhD in clinical linguistics on multilingual aphasia. In her dissertation she investigated assessment, clinical practice and treatment, with a focus on cross-linguistic transfer and inhibition of the untreated languages in multilingual speakers with aphasia. Now she shares her time between clinical work, research and educating new SLTs.

Presentation titles:
“Language assessment in multilingual aphasia”
“Language intervention in multilingual aphasia”


Ulla Konnerup

(Aalborg University, Denmark)

Ulla Konnerup has a professional background as a speech therapist specialising in people suffering from aphasia. Additionally, she holds a Master´s degree in ICT and Learning and has since 2008 been affiliated the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, DK.

Presentation title:
“Technology-mediated aphasia therapy”


Helena Taubner

(Halmstad University, Sweden)

Helena Taubner is a PhD student in Disability Research at  Halmstad University, Sweden. Her research interest is the intersection between language, disability and technology. Her PhD thesis, which she will defend during autumn 2019, is about stories of self when living with aphasia in a digitalised society.

Presentation title:
as a key to identity re-negotiation when living with post-stroke aphasia in a digitalised society”