University of Montana
Catherine Off, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and SLP Program Director in the School of Speech, Language, Hearing, & Occupational Sciences at the University of Montana who directs the Brain Research for Aphasia and Intensive Neurorehabilitation (BRAIN) Lab. She also founded and co-directs the Big Sky Aphasia Program, which offers aphasia rehabilitation for stroke survivors on an individual basis, in the group context (Aphasia Community Group), and during an intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP) that is designed to improve speech, language, and cognitive function. Catherine is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the UM Neural Injury Center, and has affiliations with the UM Health & Medicine (UMHM) Initiative, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Stroke Workgroup, the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Special Interest Group 2: Neurogenic Communication Disorders. She is also a member of Aphasia Access, a non-profit whose mission is to improve awareness of aphasia and to increase access to resources for families living with aphasia.
Catherine completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in 2008 with an emphasis on stroke, aphasia rehabilitation, and behavioral neuroplasticity. She then worked as a lecturer at California State University - Northridge before taking her position at the University of Montana. Her research focuses on treatment intensity and rural outreach in the context of post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation, with a focus on both patient and family caregiver outcomes and graduate student clinician training. Catherine’s team investigates principles of neuroplasticity as they relate to the rehabilitation of neurologic communication disorders stemming from stroke and traumatic brain injury in the context of the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (WHO-ICF) model.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
1:55 PM – 3:10 PM ET