Mackenzie Fama

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Mackenzie Fama

Assistant Professor



Office Phone: 202-994-0724
2115 G. St. NW, Room 221 Washington DC 20052

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.

  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Member, ASHA Special Interest Group 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
  • Member, Aphasia Access
  • Member, Academy of Aphasia
  • Licensure in speech-language pathology in DC, MD, and VA
  • Ad-hoc peer reviewer for relevant publications, including:
    • Brain and Language
    • Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
    • Journal of Communication Disorders
    • Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Aphasia
  • Adult acquired neurogenic disorders
  • Neural bases of language processing

Dr. Fama leads the Fama Aphasia Recovery Lab (Hall of Government, Room 221a). Her 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. 

McCall, J. D., DeMarco, A. T., Mandal, A. S., Fama, M. E., van der stelt, C. M., Lacey, E. H., Laks, A., Snider, S. F., Friedman, R. B., & Turkeltaub, P. E. (2023). Listening to Yourself and Watching Your Tongue: Distinct Abilities and Brain Regions for Monitoring Semantic And Phonological Errors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, advance online publication.

Fama, M. E., Schuler, K., Newport, E.L., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2022). Effects of left hemisphere stroke and healthy aging on statistical language learning. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 37(8), 984-999.


McCall, J. D., Dickens, J. V., Mandal, A. S., DeMarco, A. T., Fama, M. E., Lacey, E. H., Kelkar, A., Medaglia, J. D., Turkeltaub, P. E. (2022). Structural Disconnection of the Posterior Medial Frontal Cortex Impairs Speech Error Monitoring. Neuroimage: Clinical33, 102934.


Fama, M. E., Levinson, G., and Lemonds, E. (2022). The subjective experience of word-finding difficulties in people with aphasia: A thematic analysis of interview data. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Special Issue: Selected papers from the 50th annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, 31(1), 3-11.


Van der Stelt, C. M., Fama, M. E., McCall, J., Snider, S. F., and Turkeltaub, P. E. (2021). Intellectual Awareness of Naming Abilities in People with Chronic Post-Stroke Aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 160, 107961.


Fama, M. E., Hatfield, B., Coyle, S., Richman, M. S., and Georgeadis, A. C. (2021). The Impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis on Communication and Quality of Life: Insights from a community of stroke and brain trauma survivors. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 30(4), 1805-1818.


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.


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.


For a complete list of publications, please see this link


Ph.D., Neuroscience, Georgetown University

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

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