Brielle c stark, PhD



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Brielle C Stark, PhD

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


University of South Carolina
(m) 770-548-7121 – (w) 803-777-9240 - stark2@mailbox.sc.edu – briellestark.wordpress.com



Expertise

Cognitive neuroscience; stroke rehabilitation; stroke recovery; aphasia; neuroimaging

Employment


Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC


Mentor: Dr. Julius Fridriksson

Adjunct Professor, Social and Behavioral Science 2017-2018


Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC

Instructor, Psychological and Behavioral Sciences Tripos and Natural Sciences Tripos 2014-2016


University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK



Instructor, Psychology 2015

REACH Cambridge and Oxbridge Academic Programs, Cambridge, UK


Education


PhD Clinical Neurosciences, Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar 2016

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Warburton; Dr. Lolly Tyler

Thesis: Neuroimaging and neuropsychological study evaluating iPad-delivered language therapy alongside inner speech in post-stroke chronic aphasia.



BA Psychology, Neural and Behavioral Science, Magna Cum Laude and Honors 2012


Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Supervisor: Dr. Anjali Thapar

Thesis: Contributions of the frontal and medial temporal lobes to recognition memory performance in young adults (EEG/ERP study).

Visiting Scholar, Experimental Psychology 2011


University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Supervisor: Dr. Kate Watkins


Publications


Peer-Reviewed

  • Stark, BC; Bonilha, L; Rorden, C; Fridriksson, J (in review). Semantic naming errors are caused by temporo-occipital disconnection. Brain.

  • Stark, BC; Yourganov, G; Basilakos, A; Rorden, C; Bonilha, L; Fridriksson, J (in review). Behavior stability and reliability of fMRI activation in stroke aphasia. NeuroImage: Clinical.

  • Feenaughty, L; Basilakos, A; Bonilha, L; den Ouden, D; Rorden, C; Stark, BC and Fridriksson, J (in review). Non-fluent speech following stroke is caused by impaired efference copy. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

  • Yourganov, G; Fridriksson, J; Stark, BC; Rorden, C (in review). Removal of artifacts from resting-state fMRI data in stroke. NeuroImage: Clinical.

  • Stark, BC; Geva, S and Warburton, EA (in press). Behavioral predictors of functional communication in post-stroke aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Science.

  • Stark, BC and Warburton, EA (2016). “Language Outcomes After 4 Weeks of Self-delivered iPad-based Speech Therapy.” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.


Other Published Works

  • Fridriksson, J, Stark, BC, and Basilakos, A (Forthcoming). Neuroimaging. In L. L. Lapointe (Ed.), Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders 5th Edition. Thieme.

  • Stark, BC (2012). “Contributions of the Frontal and Medial Temporal Lobes to Recognition Memory Performance in Young Adults.” Yale Review of Undergraduate Research in Psychology.



Conference Proceedings and Posters


Platform Presentations

  • Stark, BC; Bonilha, L; Rorden, C and Fridriksson, J (2017). "Semantic naming errors are caused by temporo-occipital disconnection." 46th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Snowbird, Utah, 2017.

  • Stark, BC and Warburton, EA (2015). “Computerized Aphasia Therapy in Chronic Aphasia: using self-administered iPad-delivered speech therapy to explore language improvements in post-stroke chronic expressive aphasia.” European Stroke Conference, Vienna, Austria.

  • Stark, BC and Warburton, EA (2015). “Improvement after four weeks of self-delivered iPad speech therapy in post-stroke chronic expressive aphasia.” Junior Investigator Symposium of the International Stroke Conference, Los Angeles, CA – could not attend

Poster Presentations



  • Feenaughty, L; Basilakos, A; Bonilha, L; Rorden, C; Stark, BC and Fridriksson, J (2016). “Comparison of voxel-based lesion symptom maps for measures of speech fluency in chronic left-hemisphere stroke.” Eighth Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, UK.

  • Stark, BC; Geva, S and Warburton EA (2016). “Behavioral predictors of functional communication in post-stroke aphasia.” Eighth Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, UK..

  • Stark, BC and Warburton, EA (2015). “Computerized Aphasia Therapy in Chronic Aphasia: using self-administered iPad-delivered speech therapy to explore language improvements in post-stroke chronic expressive aphasia.” Poster Competition, 1st Prize at the Graduate School of Life Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK.

  • Stark, BC and Thapar, A (2013). “Contributions of the frontal and medial temporal lobes to recognition memory performance in young adults.” Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, New York City, NY – presented by A Thapar.



Grants & Awards


Grants:

  • Stark, BC (PI), co-PI Hanayik, T. (2017) "Learning ability in healthy adults for use in predicting response to therapy in people with post-stroke aphasia." ASHFoundation New Investigator Research Grant. Awaiting Decision.

  • Stark, BC (PI), co-PI Hanayik, T. (2017) "Learning ability and attention in healthy adults for use in predicting response to therapy in people with post-stroke aphasia." Advanced Support Program for Innovative Research Excellence for Postdoctoral Scholars, University of South Carolina. Not supported; encouraged for resubmission.

Academic Awards:



  • Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar (2012-2016): fully funded PhD at the University of Cambridge, awarded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Pathways Scholar (2017): one of ten early researchers selected by American Speech and Hearing Association for a one-year research mentorship, mentor: Dr. Adam Buchwald, NYU



Mentoring


University of South Carolina

  1. Aphasic and apraxic speech transcription, coding and analysis using CHAT (Codes for the Human Analysis of Transcripts) and CLAN (Computerized Language Analysis) systems from AphasiaBank (aphasia.talkbank.org/):

  • Masters Students in the Speech-Language Pathology (MSP) Program: B Goldman, M Moss, M Kingkiner, L Bastian, SB Bradford, T McDonald, L Macdonald, M Wright, K Kannaley, E Forward, SW Hanna, S Williamson, J Kessler, B Beerman

  1. Social Network in Stroke project:

  • Masters Students in the Speech-Language Pathology (MSP) Program: SW Hanna, AG Skipper

  1. South Carolina Advancing Diversity in Ageing Program:

    • Undergraduate: C Bright (Claflin University)

Professional Memberships


Society for the Neurobiology of Language

Postdoctoral Association of the University of South Carolina (Vice President, 2016-2017)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Non-Clinical Affiliate





Skills


  1. Neuroimaging: Data Collection and Analysis

  • Level II Certified MRI Technician

  • Electroencephalography and event-related potential (EEG/ERP): Neuroscan (http://compumedicsneuroscan.com/), NuAmp, SCAN, Stim2, EMSE (http://www.cortechsolutions.com/EMSE)

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI):

    • Functional MRI:

      • Block-design and event-related design (sparse sampling), design using EPRIME

      • Pre-processing and analysis using SPM8 and SPM12 (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm) and nii_preprocess (https://github.com/neurolabusc/nii_preprocess)

      • ROI analysis using MarsBaR (http://marsbar.sourceforge.net/) and WFU Pickatlas (http://fmri.wfubmc.edu/software/pickatlas)

      • Resting state analysis

    • Diffusion-weighted MRI:

      • Probabilistic fiber tracking and other measures of diffusion using FSL’s diffusion pipeline (DTIFIT, BEDPOSTX, PROBTRACKX) (http://fsl.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/)

      • Connectome-based lesion-symptom mapping using NiiStat (http://www.nitrc.org/projects/niistat)

    • Structural MRI:

      • Lesion drawing using JIM by Xinapse (http://www.xinapse.com/)

      • Voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping (VLSM) using NiiStat

  • Visualization software:

    • MRIcro (http://www.mccauslandcenter.sc.edu/crnl/mricro)

    • MRIcroGL (http://www.mccauslandcenter.sc.edu/mricrogl/)

    • SurfICE (https://www.nitrc.org/projects/surfice/)

  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS):

    • Administering tDCS during phase II clinical trial (Fridriksson XX)

    • Using MRIreg (www.mricro.com/mrireg.html) and Flock of Birds (magnetic positioning tracker system, Ascension Technology, Burlington, VT) for anatomical positioning of tDCS sensor.

  • Basic knowledge of MATLAB

  1. Psychological Examinations and Software

  • Examinations

    • Aphasia-Specific: Western Aphasia Battery, Comprehensive Aphasia Test, Philadelphia Naming Test, Boston Naming Test, Spoken Picture Description subtests, Apraxia Battery for Adults

    • Cognitive: Ravens’ Matrices, Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination, Glisky Battery, Wisconsin Card Sorting Task

  • Software

    • CHAT/CLAN transcription software (http://childes.talkbank.org/clan/)

    • EPRIME (https://www.pstnet.com/eprime.cfm)

  1. Statistical Analysis

  • SPSS 23, SPSS 24

  • NiiStat

  1. Office Skills & Web Development

  • Office Suite (Excel, Publisher, Word, PowerPoint)

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Wordpress; basic knowledge of CSS and HTML

  1. Other Qualifications

    • CPR/First-Aid Trained, expires 1/27/2019

    • Level II USRowing coach, USRowing referee




References:


  • Dr. Julius Fridriksson – Postdoctoral Advisor, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery

SmartState Endowed Chair, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina
803-777-5931, jfridrik@sc.edu

Smart State Chair, Professor in Neuroimaging Research
Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina
803-404-2573, rorden@sc.edu

  • Dr. Elizabeth Warburton – Dissertation Advisor

Consultant Physician in Stroke Medicine
Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge
eaw23@medschl.cam.ac.uk

  • Dr. Lloyd Pilkington – Supervisor at Midlands Technical College

Chair and Professor
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Midlands Technical College
803-822-3409, pilkingtonl@midlandstech.edu

  • Dr. Theresa Marteau – Supervisor of Undergraduate Teaching at University of Cambridge

Director of Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator at Christs’ College
University of Cambridge
+44 01223 330562, tm388@medschl.cam.ac.uk

  • Dr. Dirk den Ouden - Close collaborator, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery
    Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Arnold School of Public Hleath at the University of South Carolina
    803-777-9241, denouden@sc.edu

  • Dr. Adam Buchwald - ASHA Pathways Mentor
    Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
    New York University
    212-998-5260, buchwald@nyu.edu





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