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E. Susan Duncan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Address:
72 Hatcher Hall

Email Address:
duncan1@lsu.edu

Office Phone:
225-578-3938

Website:
https://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/librelab/

College:
Humanities & Social Sciences

Department:
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Irvine
Dissertation: Neurological and behavioral predictors of aphasia recovery
Chair: Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D.
2016

M.S. Cognitive Neuroscience,University of California, Irvine
2015

M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Queens College, City University of New York
2002

B.A. Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York
2000

B.A. Psychology, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
1996

CV

 

Research Interests

Dr. Duncan directs the Language Imaging & Brain Research (LIBRe) Laboratory at LSU. The LIBRe Lab uses cutting-edge neuroimaging research to advance knowledge of short- and long-term plasticity underlying changes in language measures, as induced by brain stimulation and aphasia therapy. Past work has focused on identifying predictors and correlates of post-therapy improvement in chronic aphasia. Current projects study the impact of neuromodulation on language processes in individuals with aphasia and healthy controls, in order to better understand the types of changes that can be facilitated in a brain recovering from stroke.

 

Courses Taught

Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University

  • Measurement & Diagnosis of Communication Disorders (graduate)
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing
  • Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders (graduate)
  • Seminar: Language & the Brain (graduate)

 

Publications

Journal Articles (Peer reviewed)

  • Foundas, AL & Duncan, ES. (2019). Limb apraxia: A disorder of learned skilled movement. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.
  • Duncan, ES, Donovan, NJ & Sajjadi, SA. (2019). Clinical assessment of characteristics of apraxia of speech in primary progressive aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Duncan, ES & Small, SL. (2018). Changes in dynamic resting state network connectivity
    following aphasia therapy. Brain Imaging & Behavior.
  • Santhanam, P, Duncan, ES & Small, SL. (2018). Treatment-induced neural reorganization
    in chronic aphasia is dependent on time since stroke. Brain Connectivity.
  • Duncan, ES & Small, SL. (2017). Imitation-based therapy increases narrative content: A case series. Clinical Rehabilitation.
  • Duncan, ES, Tune, S & Small, SL. (2016). The neurobiology of language: Relevance to
    linguistics. Yearbook of the Poznań Linguistic Meeting.
  • Duncan, ES & Small, SL. (2016). Increased modularity of resting state networks supports
    improved narrative production in aphasia therapy. Brain Connectivity.
  • Duncan, ES, Schmah, T, & Small, SL. (2016). Performance variability as a predictor of
    response to aphasia treatment. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.
  • Cahana-Amitay, D, Spiro, A, Higby, E, Ojo EA, Sayers, JT, Oveis, AC, Duncan, ES, et al.
    (2016). Who gets the last word? Cognitive contributions to word recognition in sentential
    context in aging. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

 Conference Proceedings & Other Publications

  • Duncan, ES. (2019) Null effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on verbal fluency: A double-blind, sham-controlled study. Brain Stimulation.
  • Duncan, ES & Small, SL. (2019). Classification of fMRI data in aphasia based on task, time point, and subject. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Small, SL & Duncan, ES. (2018). Foreword. In Relentless: How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better by Baxter, TW. Greenleaf Book Group Press.
  • Duncan, ES & Small, SL. (2015). Imitation-based aphasia therapy. Chapter in Neurobiology of Language, Hickok, G & Small, SL, Eds. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • Duncan, ES, Schmah, T, & Small, SL. (2012). IMITATE: An aphasia treatment motivated by motor cortical connectivity. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences.

 

Grants & Fellowships

Current

Research Competitiveness Subprogram – Louisiana Board of Regents

Clinical feasibility of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with standard aphasia therapy

6/01/17 - 6/30/20

Completed

Manship Summer Research Grant – LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Vigilance enhancement with transcranial direct current stimulation

2019

Strategic Excellence Funding – LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Women in Neuroscience: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion (Co-I)

2018-2019

Instructional Impact Grant – LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brain Science Speaker Series (Co-I)

2018-2019

Manship Summer Research Grant – LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Interhemispheric inhibition in language

2018

Manship Summer Research Grant – LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Behavioral features of progressive apraxia of speech

2017

 

Select Awards & Honors

  • Faculty & Junior Faculty Travel Grant, Office of Research & Economic Development, LSU
    2019
  • International Travel Support (2018-2019), College of Humanities & Social Sciences, LSU
    2018
  • Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2018
  • Faculty & Junior Faculty Travel Grant, Office of Research & Economic Development, LSU
    2018
  • International Travel Support (2017-2018), College of Humanities & Social Sciences, LSU
    2018
  • Selected Participant, Lessons for Success Conference, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2017
  • Travel Award, New Mexico Clinical Neurostimulation Conference, UNM Center for Brain Recovery & Repair
    2018
  • Kathy Alberti Prize,School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
    2016
  • Saffran Student Scholar Award, Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Temple University
    2015
  • UC Irvine Pedagogical Fellowship, Center for Engaged Instruction, UC Irvine
    2015
  • CENCE Graduate Merit Fellowship, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering, UC Irvine
    2014
  • Saffran Student Scholar Award, Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Temple University
    2013
  • John I. Yellott Scholar Award, Department of Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine
    2012
  • Caroline Mossip Scholarship, Mensa Education and Research Foundation
    2012
  • Associate Dean’s Fellowship, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
    2012
  • Social Science Teaching Assistant Award, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
    2011
  • Award for Continuing Education, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2011
  • Award for Continuing Education, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2009
  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Queens College, City University of New York
    2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Queens College, City University of New York
    2000