Christina M. del Toro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor


Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Alumni Hall 209-B
555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Office: (630) 515-6144
e-mail: mailto:cdeltoro@midwestern.edu

 

 

 

EDUCATION

B.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Florida 2004
M.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Florida 2006
Ph.D. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Florida 2010

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Dr. del Toro's research focuses on language impairments related to aphasia, a disorder caused by stroke or other types of brain injury that affect how adults speak, understand language, read, or write.  In particular, Dr. del Toro is interested in understanding how people with aphasia process words and what characteristics make some words more difficult for people with aphasia to produce and comprehend.  The long term goal of Dr. del Toro's research is to develop more effective treatment methods and materials for individuals with aphasia.  

Dr. del Toro conducts her research through the Aphasia Lab located at the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute. Current research projects are investigating:

Selected Publications

Cuellar M.E., del Toro C.M. (2017). Time-frequency analysis of mu rhythm activity during picture and video action naming tasks. Brain Sciences. 7(9), 114. doi:10.3390/brainsci7090114.

del Toro, C., Cuellar, M., & Duke, G. (2016) Treatment of residual speech impairments five years post-stroke: a case study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97 (10), e84. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.257

del Toro, C.M., & Armour M. (2016). The effectiveness of verbal-gestural treatment on verb naming in acute inpatient rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97 (10), e103.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.319

del Toro, C.M., Bislick, L., Comer, M., Velozo, C., Romero, S. Gonzalez Rothi, L.J., Kendall, D.L. (2011). Development of a short form of the Boston Naming Test for individuals with ahasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 1089-1100. 

del Toro, C.M., Altmann, L.J.P., Raymer, A.M., Leon, S., Blonder, L. X. & Gonzalez Rothi, L. J. (2008). Changes in aphasic discourse after contrasting treatments for anomia.  Aphasiology, 22(7), 881- 892.

Professional Membership

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; stroke ISIG, Aphasia Task Force, co-chair

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; member

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences; associate member

Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Medical Practice Issues Committee, member