Dr. Sheppard is a Research Associate and speech pathologist in the SCORE Lab. She received her PhD in Language & Communicative Disorders from the Joint Doctoral Program at University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Her doctoral research used eye-tracking and event-related brain potentials to illuminate the specific linguistic and cognitive processes that contribute to sentence comprehension impairments in chronic stroke. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the SCORE Lab. The overarching aim of her research is to gain an understanding of the underlying language and cognitive deficits resulting from stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Degeneration, which lead to Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA).
Currently at the SCORE lab Dr. Sheppard is working to develop treatments using both traditional language therapy and brain stimulation techniques to improve and maintain language functioning. She also researches longitudinal behavioral and neurological changes resulting from right hemisphere strokes or neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on emotional prosody deficits. The ultimate goal of her research is to inform the development of novel evidence-based treatments designed to best enhance language outcomes in adults experiencing neurogenic language and communication disorders.