Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD(A)

Position title: Emeritus Professor


Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD(A)


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

CS&D 371 Pre-Clinical Observation Methods
CS&D 503 Neuroscience of Speech, Hearing and Language
CS&D 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

Despins, E.H., Turkstra, L.S., Struchen, M.A., & Clarke, A.N. (2015). Sex-Based Differences in Perceived Pragmatic Communication Ability of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. (In press).

LaRue A., Felten K., Turkstra L.S. (2015). Multi-Modal Activities Intervention for Older Adults with Dementia: Translation to Rural Communities. American Journal of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 30(5):468-77.

Meulenbroek, P. & Turkstra, L.S. (2015). Job stability in skilled work and communication ability after moderate-severe traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation 11:1-10.

Meulenbroek, P., Bowers, B., & Turkstra, L.S. (2015). Characterizing common workplace communication skills for disorders associated with traumatic brain injury: A qualitative study. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (In press).

Murphy A., Huang H., Montgomery E.B., Jr., Turkstra L.S. (2015). Conversational turn-taking in adults with acquired brain injury. Aphasiology 29(2):151-168.

Vinney, L.A., van Mersbergen, M., Connor, N.P., & Turkstra, L.S. (2015). Vocal Control: Is it Susceptible to the Negative Effects of Self-regulatory Depletion? Journal of Voice. (In press).

Wszalek, J. & Turkstra, L.S. (2015). Language impairments in youth with traumatic brain injury: Implications for participation in criminal proceedings. Journal of Head Trauma Rehab 30(2):86-93.