Reva M. Zimmerman, PhD CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor


Dr. Reva M. Zimmerman earned her BA in Linguistics and BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2010 and MSc in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in 2012. Upon completion of her master’s degree, she returned to Washington State and worked in post-acute, skilled nursing, and home health settings with adults for several years. Her areas of clinical expertise include swallowing, progressive and acquired cognitive disorders, and aphasia. Eventually, Dr. Zimmerman returned to the University of Washington and completed her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences in December 2020. Her primary research areas are the assessment and treatment of aphasia and predictors of aphasia treatment outcomes, with secondary interests in social determinants of health and diversity, equity, and inclusion in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Zimmerman joined the faculty in the WCU Communication Sciences and Disorders Department in January 2021.


2020 PhD – Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Dissertation: Linguistic Predictors of Anomia Treatment Outcomes
Advisor: Diane L. Kendall, PhD CCC-SLP

2012 MSc – Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

2010 BA (Honors) – Linguistics, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Honors Thesis: L1 Chinese Speakers’ Interpretation of L2 English Prosody
Thesis Advisor: Julia Herschensohn, PhD

BS – Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)


Course Number

Course Name

FYE 100

First Year Experience

CSD 106

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

CSD 208

Neurology of Speech and Hearing

SLP 516

Adult Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders

SLP 551

Clinical Practicum

SLP 552

Medical Affiliation

SLP 553

School-Based Affiliation

SLP 560-01

Foundations of Research in Speech-Language Pathology

SLP 560-02

Adult Neurogenic Speech Disorders


Dr. Zimmerman has several past and on-going projects. Below is a list of selected projects, while a full list is available in her Curriculum Vitae

Active Projects

Zimmerman, R. M. “Exploring Treatment Seeking Decisions at Stroke Onset” (PI, Provost Research Grant No. 000664). $7,929. July 2022 – June 2023.

Zimmerman, R. M., Vieira, S., Breslin, H., Minniti, M., Segal, A., & Hunting Pompon, R. (2022, July 15). Baseline Cognitive and Psychosocial Characteristics as Predictors of Aphasia Treatment Response: A Scoping Review Protocol. [Manuscript in preparation].

Silkes, J., Castro, N., Bislick, L., Madden, E. B., Zimmerman, R. M., Hunting Pompon, R. (2022). Maximizing outcomes in restorative aphasia treatment: Models, measures, and predictors [Manuscript in preparation].

Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Hunting Pompon, R., Fassbinder, W., McNeil, M. R., Yoo, H. S., Kim, H. S., Zimmerman, R. M., Martin, N., Patterson, J. P., Pratt, S. R., & Dickey, M. W. (in press). Associations among depression, demographic variables, and language impairments in chronic post-stroke aphasia. Journal of Communication Disorders.

Zimmerman, R. M., Silkes, J. P., Kendall, D. L., & Minkina, I. (2019). The link between verbal short-term memory and anomia treatment gains. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28(3), 1039-1052. []

Invited Articles

Zimmerman, R. M. (2020). COVID-19, telehealth, and the digital divide: Who gets left behind? Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing , 15(2), 63-65.

Selected Presentations

Zimmerman, R. M., Dickey, M. W., Silkes, J. P., & Kendall, D. L. (2022, May 17-21). Baseline semantic and phonological abilities as predictors of anomia treatment outcomes[Conference session]. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Greenspan, W., Silkes, J. P., Vieira, S., Zimmerman, R. M., Martin, N. (2021, November 18-20). Hidden abilities, hidden disabilities – assessment at the margins of aphasia. [Conference session]. American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Washington, D. C., and Virtual.

Swasey Washington, P., & Zimmerman, R. M. (2021, April 9). Understanding and combating systemic racism in speech-language pathology [Conference session]. West Chester University Chapter National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference, Virtual Conference.

Zimmerman, R. M. (2019, February 14-18). Using language models and principles of neuroplasticity to understand acquisition, generalization, and maintenance of treatment gains in aphasia. University of Florida Pre-International Neuropsychological Society Conference, Hunter Mountain, NY.

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