Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

 

Sharon Antonucci, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

Contact Information
Office: Ghosh Science & Technology Center, 122-G
Phone: (508) 929-8567
Fax: (508) 929-8175
Email: Sharon.Antonucci@worcester.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.S., Teacher's College, Columbia University
B.A., Connecticut College

Scholarly Activity
Dr. Antonucci's research focuses on the neural substrates of language processing in adults.  The work in her laboratory combines MRI brain imaging with behavioral language assessment and treatment.  Current projects include examining how damage to specific regions of the brain can affect word retrieval, as well as how understanding of these brain-behavior relationships can better inform the development of treatments for word retrieval impairments.  Dr. Antonucci's is a member of the Academy of Aphasia, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA SID 2: Neurophysiologic and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, the International Neuropsychological Society, and is an associate member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Dr. Antonucci is also pleased to be a member of the National Aphasia Association Advisory Council.

Select Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

1.      Falconer, C. & Antonucci, S.M. (2012). Use of semantic feature analysis in group discourse treatment for aphasia: Extension and expansion.  Aphasiology6(1), 64-82.

2.      Reilly, J., Troche, J., Paris, A., Park, H., Kakinyak-Fliszar, M., Antonucci, S.M., & Martin, N.  (2012). Lexicality effects in word and nonword recall of Semantic Dementia and Progressive Nonfluent Aphasia. Aphasiology26(3-4), 404-427.

3.      Antonucci, S.M.  & Alt, M. (2011). A lifespan perspective on semantic processing of concrete objects: does a sensory/motor model have the potential to bridge the gap?  Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience,11551–572.

4.      Reilly, J., Peelle, J. E., Antonucci, S. M., & Grossman, M. (2011). Anomia as a marker of distinct semantic memory impairments in Alzheimer's disease and Semantic Dementia. Neuropsychology, 25(4), 413-426.

5.      Antonucci, S.M. (2009).  The use of semantic feature analysis in group aphasia treatment.  Aphasiology, 23(7/8), 854-866.

6.      Antonucci, S.M. & Reilly, J. (2008).  Semantic Memory and Language - A Primer.  Seminars in Speech and Language Special Issue: Semantic memory and language processing in aphasia and dementia. 29(1), 5-17.

7.      Antonucci, S.M., Beeson, P.M., Labiner, D.M., & Rapcsak, S.Z.  (2008). Lexical retrieval and semantic knowledge in patients with left inferior temporal lobe lesions.  Aphasiology, 22(3), 281-304.

8.      Antonucci S.M., Beeson P.M., Rapcsak S.Z. (2004). Anomia in patients with left inferior temporal lobe lesions. Aphasiology,18(5/6/7), 543-554.

GRANTS

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) 2010-2013

R03 NIH Small Grant Program

R03DC010262     Semantic Feature Processing in Individuals with Stroke Aphasia

The overall objective of this project is to determine the relationships among semantic feature knowledge, word retrieval deficits, and lesion location in individuals with aphasia. Role: Principal Investigator 

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Professional Presentations

1.      Antonucci, S.M. & Falconer, C.  Beyond information type: what else matters in semantic feature processing in stroke-aphasia?  Poster presentation for the 2012 Annual Academy of Aphasia Meeting.  San Francisco, CA.

2.      Antonucci, S.M., Falconer, C., & Neumann-Worth, Y. Evolution of group treatment for aphasia: Then, now, looking ahead. Poster presentation at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  San Diego, CA.

3.      Ganzfried, E.S., Williamson, D., Cherney, L., McCall, D., Antonucci, S.M., Copeland, K., & Babbitt, E.  Aphasia Advocacy and Community Education: Speaking Out! and Beyond.  Accepted for presentation at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  San Diego, CA.

4.      Falconer-Horne, C. & Antonucci, S.M. (2011).   Use of semantic feature analysis in group aphasia treatment: extension and expansion.  Poster presentation at the annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference.  Fort Lauderdale: FL.

5.      Reilly, J., Peelle, J.E., Antonucci, S.M., & Grossman, M. (October, 2010). Distinctiveness of anomia in Alzheimer's Disease and Semantic Dementia:  A new wrinkle on the access-storage debate.  Poster Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia. Athens, Greece.

6.      Antonucci, S.M., Falconer, C., & Neumann-Worth, Y. (June: 2010).  The evolution of group treatment for aphasia: Where were we, where are we, where are we going?  Presentation at the 2010 Biannual International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference.  Montreal, Quebec: Canada

7.      Ganzfried, E.S., Antonucci, S.M., & Dregansky, M.J. (November, 2009).  Aphasia community education and advocacy: Speaking Out! and beyond.  Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  New Orleans: LA.

8.      Antonucci, S.M. (2008, May) The use of semantic feature analysis in group aphasia treatment.  Platform presentation at the annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference.  Jackson, WY.

9.      Antonucci, S.M. & Alt, M. (2007, November)  What we know about objects: A lifespan perspective on semantics. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  Boston, MA.

10.  Antonucci, S.M., Beeson, P.M., Labiner, D.M., & Rapcsak, S.Z.  (2006, February) The role of the left inferior temporal lobe in naming and semantic knowledge.  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.  Boston, MA.

11.  Beeson, P.M., Henry, M.L., Antonucci, S.M., & Orjada, S. (2005, November). Current perspectives on language and brain organization. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  San Diego, CA

 
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