Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D.

Lyn Turkstra


Contact Information

474 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-7583

Cognition and Communication Laboratory
Waisman Center Profile


B.A., Trent University, Ontario, Canada
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Postdoc, University of Arizona

Courses Taught

CD 371 Pre-Clinical Observation Methods
CD 503 Neuroscience of Speech, Hearing and Language
CD 704 Acquired Language and Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Adults

Research Statement

The broad goal of research in Dr. Turkstra’s research is to understand the effects of cognitive impairments on communication ability in adolescents and adults with acquired neurologic disorders. Current studies focus on the relation of cognitive functions and social cognition to communication behavior, and how this differs between typical adolescents and their peers with traumatic brain injury. Dr. Turksta's professional interests include the advancement of evidence-based practice in rehabilitation, and she served on the writing committee for evidence-based practice guidelines in cognitive-communication disorders of the Academy of Neurological Disorders and Sciences. She is also affiliated with the Neuroscience Training Program, and is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

Recent Publications

Sohlberg, M.M. & Turkstra, L.S. (2011). Optimizing Cognitive Rehabilitation: Effective Instructional Methods. NY: Guilford Press.

Turkstra, L.S. (2011). Quinn-Padron, M., Johnson, J.E., Workinger, M.S., & Antoniotti, N. (2011). In-Person versus Telehealth Assessment of Discourse Ability in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (ePub ahead of print).

Ciccia, A.H., Meulenbroek, P., & Turkstra, L.S. (2009). Adolescent brain and cognitive developments: Implications for clinical assessment in traumatic brain injury. Topics in Language Disorders 29(3):249-265.

Turkstra, L.S. (2008). Conversation-Based Assessment of Social Cognition in Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Injury 22(5):397-409.

Turkstra, L.S., Williams, W.H., Tonks, J., Frampton, I. (2008). Measuring Social Cognition in Adolescents: Implications for Students with TBI Returning to School. NeuroRehabilitation 23(6):501-9.