Mackenzie Fama

Mackenzie Fama
Assistant Professor
Room 221
Hall of Government
2115 G. St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Aphasia
  • Adult acquired neurogenic disorders
  • Neural bases of language processing

Mackenzie Fama, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The George Washington University. Her research focuses on aphasia, a language disorder commonly acquired through stroke or other brain injury. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has experience working in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and in a community-based aphasia center.

Current Research

Dr. Fama’s research interests include the experience of inner speech in individuals with aphasia, group therapy for aphasia, and the brain basis of various aspects of language processing.


Ph.D., Neuroscience, Georgetown University, 2018

M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009

B.A., Linguistics and Philosophy, The College of William and Mary, 2007


  • Mandal, A. S., Fama, M. E., Skipper-Kallal, L. M., DeMarco, A. T., Lacey, E. H., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2020). Brain structures and cognitive abilities important for the self-monitoring of speech errors. Neurobiology of Language. Advance online publication.
  • Michaelis, K., Erickson, L. C., Fama, M. E., Skipper-Kallal, L. M., Xing, S., Lacey, E. H., Anbari, Z., Norato, G., Rauschecker, J. P., Turkeltaub, P. E. (2020). Effects of age and left hemisphere lesions on audiovisual integration of speech. Brain and Language. Advance online publication.
  • Fama, M. E. & Turkeltaub, P. E. (2019). Inner speech in individuals with aphasia: Current evidence, clinical implications, and future directions. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 29, 560-573.
  • Ghaleh, M., Lacey, E. H., Fama, M. E., Anbari, Z., DeMarco, A. T., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2019). Dissociable mechanisms of verbal working memory maintenance revealed through multivariate lesion mapping. Cerebral Cortex, 30
  • Fama, M. E., Henderson, M. P., Snider, S. F., Hayward, W., Friedman, R. B., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2019). Self-reported inner speech relates to phonological retrieval ability in people with aphasia. Consciousness and Cognition, 71, 18-29.
  • Fama, M. E., Snider, S. F., Henderson, M. P., Hayward, W., Friedman, R. B., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2019). The subjective experience of inner speech in aphasia is a meaningful reflection of lexical retrieval. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62, 106-122.
  • Dickens, J. V., Fama, M. E., DeMarco, A. T., Lacey, E. H., Friedman, R. B., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2019). Localization of phonological and semantic contributions to reading. Journal of Neuroscience, 39(27), 5361-5368.
  • Charity-Hudley, A. H., Mallinson, C., Sudler, K., and Fama, M. E. (2018). The Sociolinguistically-Trained SLP: Using knowledge of African-American English to Aid and Empower African-American Clientele. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 3(SIG 1), 118-131.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Member, ASHA Special Interest Group 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
  • Member, Aphasia Access
  • Licensure in speech-language pathology in DC, MD, and VA
  • Peer reviewer for the following publications:
    • Brain and Language
    • Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
    • Journal of Communication Disorders
    • Language, Cognition and Neuroscience