Students who are interested in learning more about aphasia and stroke can get involved in the lab in several ways:

  • Join the Aphasia Journal Club:
    • Every Friday, we read and discuss research articles related to aphasia, stroke, or any other neurogenic communication disorders that the club selects. There are no requirements to join the Journal Club. The meeting time changes every semester to suit the members’ needs, so reach out to Dr. Zimmerman for more information.

  • Participate in research:
    • Occasionally, research opportunities may arise that involve student volunteers. Examples of tasks that students can help with include:
      • Help write a systematic review.
      • Code data that have already been collected.
      • Observe or participate in data collection.
      • Assist with data management.
Dr. Zimmerman meets with students on Zoom for an Aphasia Journal Club meeting

Dr. Zimmerman meets with students on Zoom for an Aphasia Journal Club meeting.

To be eligible to volunteer in research studies, students must demonstrate skills related to the volunteer duties. For example, students interested in conducting research must submit a writing sample and transcripts with a major GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students interested in observing sessions or collecting data may be asked to submit a resumé that highlights relevant skills.

  • Volunteer to assist with community outreach. Occasionally, Dr. Zimmerman will attend local community events, such as support groups or resource fairs. If appropriate, she may recruit volunteers to assist at these events. Students may need to submit information prior to volunteering, depending on the nature of the event.
  • Join the Dysphagia Journal Club. In the summer, members will learn about normal and disordered swallowing by reading articles, watching videos, and discussing swallowing topics. Watch for announcements on D2L during spring semester. There are no requirements to join the Dysphagia Journal Club.

For more information, contact Dr. Zimmerman via email:


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