Kristen Maul is an assistant professor in the Speech Pathology program of the Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department at Gallaudet University. Her research and clinical interests include measurement of speech acoustics and language change in response to treatment for aphasia; effects of right hemisphere damage on swallowing, social communication and cognitive function; and non-invasive brain stimulation as adjunctive to behavioral therapy for aphasia and spatial neglect.
Dr. Maul received a PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York in 2009, where she used the songbird model system to investigate how vocal learning influences sensory and perceptual development in the zebra finch. Her interest in application of basic behavioral neuroscience concepts and interventions to human clinical populations led her to postdoctoral clinical research positions focusing on rehabilitation of communication and cognitive disorders. As a post-doc at Lehman College Neurolinguistics Lab (City University of New York) and Kessler Foundation Stroke Rehabilitation Lab (West Orange, New Jersey) Dr. Maul was involved in single-subject and large-scale clinical treatment studies for language and cognitive disorders following stroke. Dr. Maul is currently completing a clinical degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is a member of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and the Society for Neuroscience.
Publications:Maul, KK, Conner, PS, C, Kempler, D, Goral, M. (in press). Using informative verbal exchanges to promote verb retrieval in non-fluent aphasia. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology.
Galletta, E, Campanelli, L, Chen, P, Maul, KK, Barrett, AM. (2014). Ecologically valid measures of neglect dyslexia following right hemisphere stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.
Goral, M, Rosas, J, Conner, PS , Maul, KK, Obler, LK. (2012). Effects of language proficiency and language of the environment on aphasia therapy in a multilingual. Journal of Neurolinguistics 25, 538-551
Maul KK, Voss HU, Parra LC, Salgado-Comissariat D, Ballon D, Tchernichovski O, Helekar SA. (2010). The development of stimulus-specific auditory responses requires song exposure in male but not female zebra finches. Dev Neurobiol. Jan; 70(1):28-40.
Voss HU, Tabelow K, Polzehl J, Tchernichovski O, Maul KK, Salgado-Commissariat D, Ballon D, Helekar SA. (2007). Functional MRI of the zebra finch brain during song stimulation suggests a lateralized response topography. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Jun 19;104(25):10667-72. PMCID: PMC1965570
Deregnaucourt S, Mitra PP, Feher O, Maul KK, Lints TJ, Tchernichovski O. (2004). Song development: in search of the error-signal. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1016:364-76. Review.
Courses Taught: Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders; Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism; Neurophysiological Bases of Communication; Clinical Statistics