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:

  1. The effects of semantic features on accuracy of picture naming.
  2. The electrophysiological response to picture and video representations of actions during naming.  This study is in collaboration with the Electrophysiological Lab at the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute, led by Dr. Megan Cuellar, CCC-SLP.
  3. The effects of psycholinguistic variables on error production during picture naming.
  4. The knowledge and educational preferences of people with aphasia and their caregivers.
  5. Materials and tests for assessing aphasia.

Selected Publications

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.