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Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Discourse Studies in Aphasia and Normal Aging

Our lab conducts studies related to discourse of adult populations, including individuals with aphasia as well as the normal aging population.

The populations studied represent groups of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Caucasian Americans, Filipino Americans and Asian Indian Americans.

Within these groups, special emphasis is placed on identifying cultural differences as revealed by the themes and structural features of language.

In aphasia discourse, studies document both preservations and disruptions of language. The primary focus of discourse is narrative stroke stories as a component of the field of narrative medicine concerned with improvement in doctor-patient communication.

Director Alumni
Location Publications
Projects    Research Participants
Funding Laboratory Meeting Dates
Current Students   


Dr. Hanna Ulatowska (curriculum vitae)
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
1966 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 905-3101 office

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Callier Center Dallas, A125

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Development of a nonstandardized discourse battery for healthy elderly and individuals with brain injuries

Cultural perspectives in the illness stories of elderly individuals from different ethnic groups

Stroke stories of Caucasian and African American individuals with aphasia

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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Faculty Research Initiatives

Josephine Simonson Aphasia Grant

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Current Students

Tricia Olea-Santos
Rinki Varindani

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Dr. Belinda Reyes

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Ulatowska, H.K. & Kądzielawa, D. (In press). Legacy through language and photography of an Auschwitz survivor. In: Survivors of Nazi Persecution in Europe after the Second World War. Vallentine Mitchell Publishers. Middlesex, UK.

Ulatowska, H.K. (In press). Portraits of Family: Survivors and Rescuers. Proceedings of the 2009 Legacy of the Holocaust. Jagiellonian University Press. Krakow.

Ulatowska, H.K., Reyes, B., Olea Santos, T., Worle, C. (In press). Stroke narratives in aphasia: The role of reported speech. Aphasiology.

Ulatowska, H.K. (2008). Symbolic Representation of Camp Experiences as Testimony of Artist Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. In J.-D. Steinert & I. Weber-Newth (Eds.), Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution: Proceedings of the International Conference Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, London, 11 – 13 January 2006 (pp. 800-812). Hamburg, Germany: Körber-Stiftung.

Ulatowska, H.K. and Olness, G.S. (2007). ”Pragmatics and Discourse.” Seminars in Speech and Language, 148-157.

Armstrong, E. and Ulatowska, H.K. (2006). ”Stroke Stories: Conveying Emotive Experiences in Aphasia.” In M.J. Ball & J.S. Damico, Clinical Aphasiology: Future Directions.

Martin, J.S., Jerger, J.F., Ulatowska, H.K. and Mehta, J.A. (2006). ”Complementing behavioral with electrophysiological measures in diagnostic evaluation: A case study in two languages.”  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 49, 603-615.

Ulatowska, H.K., Sadowska, M. and Ka¸dzielawa, D. (2005). ”Out of darkness cometh light” [Światłość w ciemności świeci]. Pro Memoria, 2, 22,47-50.

Ulatowska, H.K., Olness, G.S. and Williams, L.J. (2004). ”Coherence of narratives in aphasia.”  Brain and Language, 91, 42-43.

Olness, G.S. and Ulatowska, H.K. (2004). [Review of the book Understanding Storytelling Among African American Children: A Journey from Africa to America]. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 1, 2.

Ulatowska, H. K., Olness, G. S., Samson, A.M., Keebler, M.W. and Goins, K. E. (2004). ”On the nature of personal narratives of high quality.” Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 6, 1, 3-14.

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Research Participants

Individuals with aphasia and elderly individuals are recruited to participate in studies. 

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Laboratory Meeting Dates

Announced each semester. Contact Dr. Ulatowska for times.

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