Jonathan Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor


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

Office: (630) 515-6238
e-mail: jwilso1@midwestern.edu

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Florida 2013
M.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Florida 2008

RESEARCH SUMMARY

My research focuses on the putative relationship between language and cognition in adults with cognitive-communication disorders. My research specialisms include discourse analysis and examining the effects of cognitive resource constraints during language processing in Parkinson's disease.

Cognition-communication refers to a class of neurological disorders in which higher level language processing is impaired due to the effects of difficulty with information processing or memory. The relationship between language use and cognition is not well understood. Outstanding questions addressed by my research lines include examining the putative relationship between language, cognition and exercise in Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative pathology, using dual-task methodologies.  Further, current dual-task methodologies used to assess cognitive resource capacity are often not considered optimal for use with Parkinson's disease and a further research line examines effects of resource constraints in dual-task using EEG.

Research projects

Project I: Examination of dual-task methodology using EEG

Project II: Language analysis in Parkinson's disease

Project III:  Verb naming in Parkinson's disease