Episode 025 — Meet Aphasia Researcher Reva Zimmerman

'Language is the symbols that we use to represent objects or concepts.' -- Reva M Zimmerman, MSc, CCC-SLP #aphasia #stroke Click To Tweet

I met Reva back in October when I first joined the Young Adult Stroke Survivors group. She is a doctoral student at the University of Washington studying aphasia. She also coordinates the UW student volunteers who help make the YASS meetings function and ensure a pleasant experience for attendees, be they survivors, caregivers, or guest speakers.

We met up last week at the Wayward Coffee House on a bright summer day. I secured a good parking spot on the street. Reva trekked over on her bike and we found some comfy seats in the back. We geeked out about language and the work Reva does while surrounded by Firefly, Star Trek, and Star Wars stuff. This might be my new favorite coffee shop to record at.

Many stroke survivors live with aphasia and struggle to communicate. Speech Therapists, like Reva, help folks recover those language skills, but they also do so much more. They help with memory and cognition. They even help with fundamental human functions like swallowing and breathing. The field is incredibly complex and fascinating.

Did you ever wonder about the difference among aphasia, apraxia, and dyarthria? We cover it here.

Reva’s Bio

Reva M Zimmerman

Reva Zimmerman headshot

Research Assistant, Doctoral Student


University of British Columbia, MSc in Speech-Language Pathology

University of Washington, BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences

University of Washington, BA in Linguistics


Reva M. Zimmerman, MSc, CCC-SLP, is a PhD student and research associate on the Clinical TALSA study in the Aphasia Research Lab. She currently serves as a research associate on a multi-site study to create a clinical test of verbal short-term memory in aphasia (PI Nadine Martin, Ph.D., Temple University). She also recently completed work on a study exploring conflict resolution and short-term memory in aphasic comprehension (PI Malcolm McNeil, Ph.D., VA Pittsburgh). Reva also coordinates UW student volunteers for the Young Adult Stroke Survivor group. In her free time, she enjoys chasing her preschooler, dancing, and engaging in activities to uplift students of color at the UW.

'People can have just as much problem with a signed language as a spoken language.' -- Reva M Zimmerman, MSc, CCC-SLP #aphasia #stroke Click To Tweet

Links from Episode 025

Reva M Zimmerman Email 1

Reva M Zimmerman Email 2

Reva’s Profile

University of Washington Aphasia Research Lab

Northwest Aphasia Registry and Repository

Wayward Coffee House

Strokecast Episode 7 — Meet Gerrit Barrere

Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors Group

University of Washington Speech and Hearing Services on Facebook

University of Washington
Speech and Hearing Services Blog

Where do we go from here?

  • What did you think about our chat? Let us know in the comments below.
  • If you live with aphasia in the Pacific Northwest, or care for someone who does, check out the Northwest Aphasia Registry and Repository. If you live elsewhere, check with local Universities for research opportunities.
  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague or relative by giving the link
  • Don’t get best…get better
'Who doesn't love bagels?' -- Reva M Zimmerman, MSc, CCC-SLP #aphasia #stroke Click To Tweet


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