Haley Dresang, Ph.D.

Position title: Assistant Professor

463 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Haley Dresang, Ph.D.


B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

CS&D 503 Neural Mechanisms of Speech, Hearing, and Language

Research Statement

Dr. Dresang investigates the neuroscience of language and neurological disorders that affect communication. Her research advances our understanding of the brain and how treatments can improve language following stroke, brain injury, and neurodegenerative conditions.

The mission of her lab is to improve the lives of individuals with communication difficulties by investigating questions like these:

  1. How does the brain perform cognitive and linguistic functions?
  2. How do brain systems change and adapt following neurological injury or dysfunction?
  3. How can we improve clinical assessments and treatments to facilitate recovery and improve performance?

Representative Publications

Search PubMed for the most recent articles by Dr. Dresang.

Dresang, H. C., Harvey, D. Y., Xie, S. X., Shah-Basak, P. P., DeLoretta, L., Wurzman, R., Parchure, S. Y., Sacchetti, D., Faseyitan, O., Lohoff, F., & Hamilton, R. H. (2022). Genetic and neurophysiological biomarkers of neuroplasticity inform post-stroke language recovery. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 36(6), 371-380. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/15459683221096391

Dresang, H. C., Hula, W. D., Yeh, F. C., Warren, T., & Dickey, M. W. (2021). White-matter neuroanatomical predictors of aphasic verb retrieval. Brain Connectivity, 11(4), 319-330. doi: https://doi.org/10.1089/brain.2020.0921

Dresang, H. C., Warren, T., Hula, W. D., & Dickey, M. W. (2021). Rational adaptation in using conceptual versus lexical information in adults with aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 589930. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.589930

Hula, W. D., Panesar, S., Gravier, M. L., Yeh, F. C., Dresang, H. C., Dickey, M. W., & Fernandez-Miranda, J. C. (2020). Structural white matter connectometry of word production in aphasia: an observational study. Brain, 143(8), 2532-2544. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awaa193

Warren, T., & Dresang, H. C. (2020). Event‐predictive cognition: Underspecification and interaction with language. Topics in Cognitive Science, 13(1), 248-251. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tops.12499

Dresang, H. C., Dickey, M. W., & Warren, T. C. (2019). Semantic memory for objects, actions, and events: A novel test of event-related conceptual semantic knowledge. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 36(7-8), 313-335. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/02643294.2019.1656604 

Dresang, H. C., & Turkstra, L. S. (2018). Implicit causality bias in adults with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Communication Disorders, 71, 1-10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2017.12.003