Our Team

Principal Investigator


Jiyeon Lee is an Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and the director of the Aphasia Research Lab at Purdue University. She received her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University with clinical training in Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and teaches courses on aphasia, age-related changes in communication, and speech-language disorders in healthcare settings.



aphasia@purdue.edu (lab)


765-494-3810 (office)

765-496-0216 (lab)

Purdue Faculty Website

Associate Professor; Faculty Associate of Center on Aging and the Life Course

Post-doctoral Fellows

Josh Weirick, PhD

Research interests: language processing and linguistic theory, sentence comprehension and production in aging and people with aphasia.

Email: joshweirick.phd@gmail.com
Personal website: jweirick.com
Curriculum Vitae

Willem van Boxtel, PhD

Research Interests: sentence comprehension in aging and aphasia, syntactic priming, neuroimaging, and language experience and multilingualism.

Email: wvanboxt@purdue.edu
Personal website: https://willemvanboxtel.eu/
Curriculum Vitae

Research Associate / Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily Bauman, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical & Research Interests: adult neurogenic disorders including aphasia and traumatic brain injury.

Email: ebauman@purdue.edu

Lab Manager

Katelin Rainey, B.S.

Received B.S. in Psychology

Research interests: "Initiatives that aim to support people with aphasia. Additionally, I hope to connect the current knowledge I have of aphasia with the linguistic perspective of the lab."

Email: raineykm@purdue.edu

PhD Students

Grace Man, M.S.

Pursuing: PhD in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Focus: neural and cognitive underpinnings of implicit language learning in aphasia

Email: gman@purdue.edu

Julie Schoenhard, M.A., CCC-SLP

Received: B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, M.A. in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.
Pursuing: PhD in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Interests: Implicit conversation-based language treatments for aphasia, generalization of structural priming treatments to spontaneous speech & patient-reported outcomes; assessment of sentence production & comprehension in aphasia.

Email: schoenhj@purdue.edu

Peng Zhang, M.A.

Received M.A. in Linguistics
Pursuing: PhD in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Research Interests: sentence processing, language-specific treatment for aphasia, assessment of language production in aphasia, bilingual aphasia

Email: zhan5041@purdue.edu

Graduate Students

Hannah Brownd, B.A.

Received B.A. in Speech & Hearing Sciences and B.A. in Psychology
Pursuing: M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

"I joined the lab to learn more about aphasia beyond the classroom & through a research lens. I hope to transfer my knowledge and experience gained from the lab to future work as an SLP"

Email: hbrownd@purdue.edu

Sein "Sally" Min

Received M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Biola University, May 2024

"I joined the Purdue Aphasia Lab to better my knowledge of neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying language and contribute to the development of the aphasia literature."

Email: min116@purdue.edu

Undergraduate Students

Parker Davis

Pursuing: B.S. in Biology

"I joined the Aphasia Lab to be a part of this amazing research community as well as to learn about and contribute to the promising future of aphasia therapy."

Email: davi1555@purdue.edu

Rachel Ellis

Pursuing: B.S. in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

"I joined the aphasia Lab for the amazing experience to work in a lab setting and expand my knowledge of aphasia."

Email: ellis193@purdue.edu

Megan Bogemann

Pursuing: B.S. in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

"I joined the Aphasia Lab because I am interested in learning more about aphasia and gaining lab experience."

Email: mbogeman@purdue.edu

Priya Halder

Pursuing: B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science

"I joined the Aphasia Lab to gain experience in a research community and to learn more about the innovative therapies in aphasia."

Email: halder1@purdue.edu

Gianna Imbarrato

Pursuing: B.S. in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences and B.A. in Sociology

"I joined the Aphasia Lab to contribute to crucial research for an important cause, as well as to gain familiarity with a research setting."

Email: gimbarra@purdue.edu

McKenna Boersma

Pursuing: B.S. in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

"I joined the Aphasia Lab because after learning about aphasia, I knew that I wanted to contribute to amazing research that will aid in the future of aphasia therapy."

Email: mboersm@purdue.edu

Interested in joining our lab?

If you are an undergraduate, graduate student or prospective doctoral student, please contact Dr. Lee at lee1704@purdue.edu.

Purdue Aphasia Lab is very proud of our talented and dedicated members. If you are interested in joining the team, please send your CV/resume to Dr. Jiyeon Lee at lee1704@purdue.edu.

Lab Alumni

Kelsey Olsen, Jessica Dick, Paayal Surani, Alexander Lertola, Katie O’Connor, Macaela Parker, Courtney Case, Alayna Ging, Jessica Fang, Jenna Scheumann, Linnea Rohrsen, Hannah Haworth, Emily Hosokawa, Jennifer Fredrick, Megan Pentecost, Joslyn Burke, Krista Riegsecker, Daphne Peter, Megan Parke, Leyna Schroeder, Elly Farr, Mikahla Combs, Briana Cox, Renée Kohlmeier, Emily Clark, Austin Keen, Jyotsna Krishnakumar, Lily Haven, Michael Linge, Rylee Manning, Nadia Seye, Lauren Isaacson, Kea Char, Maddie Bailey, Elle Plucinsky

Thank you to all of our alumni!