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STRONG, KATIE

Associate Professor

FACULTY

Biography

Katie Strong, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she leads the Strong Story Lab and is the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Project BRIDGE. Dr. Strong’s research uses qualitative methods to explore how clinicians can support people with aphasia rebuild their identity and improve their quality of life by co-constructing stories about who they are and will be. Dr. Strong is a Tavistock Distinguished Aphasia Scholar and a regular host of the Aphasia Access Conversations Podcast.

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Recent Publications

  • Strong, K. A. & Randolph, J. (2021, October). How do you do talk therapy with someone who can’t talk? Perspectives from mental health professionals on supporting individuals with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/2021_AJSLP-21-00040.
  • Azios, J. H., Strong, K. A., Archer, B., Douglas, N. F., Simmons-Mackie, N., & Worrall, L. (2021, January). Friendship matters: A research agenda for aphasia. Aphasiology. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2021.1873908.
  • Strong, K. A. & Shadden, B. B. (2020). Stories at the Heart of Life Participation: Both the Telling and Listening Matter. Chapter 5. In A. L. Holland & R. J. Elman (Eds.) Neurogenic communication disorders and the Life Participation Approach: The social imperative in supporting individuals and families (pp. 105-130) Plural Publishing.
  • Strong, K. A & Shadden, B. B. (2020). The power of story in identity renegotiation: Clinical approaches to supporting persons living with aphasia. ASHA Perspectives, SIG 2, 5, 371-383. https://pubs.asha.org/doi/pdf/10.1044/2019_PERSP-19-00145.
  • Strong, K. (2018). Co-constructing personal narratives in traumatic brain injury: A view from the storytellers’ lens. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(10), e94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.07.338.
  • Strong, K. A, Lagerwey, M., & Shadden, B. B. (2018). More than a story: My life came back to life. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 464-476.  https://pubs.asha.org/doi/abs/10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0167.

Presentations

  • Strong, K. A., Douglas, N. F., Azios, J. H., Archer, B., Simmons-Mackie, N., & Worrall, L. (2022, June). People with aphasia want to keep their friends, so how do we help? Virtual poster session. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Strong, K. A., & Sather, T. (2022, June). “But I’m gonna be alive a bit more than I was before”: Perceptions of people with aphasia following an interdisciplinary songwriting intervention. Virtual poster session. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hinckley, J. & Strong, K. A., (2022, June). First steps in creating effective multi-stakeholder research groups. Virtual poster session. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Strong, K. A., Kim, E. S., Wilson, C., Kagan, A., & Simmons-Mackie, N. (2022, June). Exploring graduate student experiences of communication partner training for people with aphasia. Virtual poster session. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Strong, K. A. & Fialka, J. (2022, March). The engaged clinician: Our behavior matters. 3-hour workshop. Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Strong, K. A. & Fialka, J. (2022, March). Strengthening your supervision skills: The role of relationships, reflection and feedback. 2-hour invited seminar. Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Strong, K. A., Johnson, B., Moses, K., & Pollens, R. (2022, March). Aphasia round tables: Supporting mental health and aphasia services in Michigan. 2-hour seminar. Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Strong, K. A. (2022, March). Revealing ourselves through story and song. Invited 1-hour oral presentation. Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL, Virtual.
  • Strong, K. A. & Douglas, N. F. (2022, March). Make new friends but keep the old. Invited 2-hour oral presentation. Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, IL, Virtual.
  • Meyerson, D. & Strong, K. A. (2021, November). Rebuilding Identity through Story and Friendship: Evidence-Based Interventions to Support People with Chronic Aphasia. Session # 1140. Invited 1-hour oral presentation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Washington D.C.
  • Strong, K. A. (2021, November). Oh the Places We'll Go: Engaging People with Aphasia in Participation-Focused Interventions. Session #1221. Invited 1-hour oral presentation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Washington D.C.
  • Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • State of Michigan Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Guided Autobiography Instructor
  • Distinguished Contribution Award, Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Honors of the Association, Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Award in the United States
  • Central Michigan University Faculty Excellence Exhibition Nominee
  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University, 2015
  • MA, Speech-Language Pathology, Kansas State University, 1993
  • BS, Psychology, Washington State University Pullman, 1990
  • Life participation approach to aphasia
  • Personal narratives and identity
  • Adult cognitive-communicative disorders
  • Clinical education and supervisor training
  • Reflective supervision
  • Strong Story Lab
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 10: Issues in Higher Education
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 11: Administration and Supervision
  • International Center for Life Story Innovations and Practice (ICLSIP)
  • Michigan Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA)
  • Aphasia Access Affiliate
  • National Aphasia Association Affiliate
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)
  • Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATS), Societal Impact Working Group
  • Holder, Speech-Language Pathology, State of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • CSD 432WI:  Clinical Communication in Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 439:  Diagnostic and Intervention Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 540:  The Engaged Clinician: Our Behavior Matters
  • SLP 717:  Aphasia and Right Hemisphere Disorders
  • SLP 749:  Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology