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
- 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
- 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.
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. Advance online publication.
Fama, M. E., Levinson, G.*, and Lemonds, E.* (2021). 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. Advance online publication.
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., 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.
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.
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