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Catherine Off, Ph.D.

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Mailing Address:

  • Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD)
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT 59812

Catherine is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at The University of Montana. She serves as Director of Adult Services at The University of Montana RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic and co-directs the Big Sky Aphasia Program. Catherine is certified as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed as a speech-language pathologist in the state of Montana.

Education


B.A. in Linguistics - University of California, Berkeley (1996)
M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences - University of Wyoming (1999)
Clinical Fellowship - Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Philadelphia, PA (1999-2000)
Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences - University of Washington (2008)
Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor - California State University, Northridge (2008-2011)

Professional Organizations


Academy of Neurologic Coommunication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)

American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Special Interest Group #2 - Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
  • Special Interest Group #10 – Higher Education
  • Special Interest Group # 18 – Telepractice

Montana Speech-Language and Hearing Association (MSHA)

Areas of Specialization


  • Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders
    • Aphasia
    • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
    • Cognitive-Communication Impairments
  • Spoken Language Production

Current Projects


  1. Registry and Repository. Research subject pool and database for individuals with acquired neurogenic communication disorders (e.g., aphasia, apraxia of speech, cognitive-communication disorders) stemming from stroke, TBI, and other neurological diseases and disorders. Actively recruiting.
  2. Repetition Priming. The purpose of this investigation is to determine optimal dosage for intensive naming therapy for stroke survivors who have anomia (i.e., word finding deficits). Stroke survivors with aphasia name pictures multiple times per session for 2-3 sessions per week for up to 5 weeks. Actively recruiting.
  3. Communicative Participation Item Bank. The purpose of this investigation is to determine the reliability of a standardized measure of communicative participation between stroke survivors with aphasia and their proxies (i.e., caregivers, spouses, etc.). Actively recruiting.
  4. Reaching Rural Montana: Developing a Telepractice Program for Speech-Language Pathologists

Research

As Director of the Big Sky Aphasia Laboratory at the University of Montana, Catherine’s team investigates principles of neuroplasticity as they relate to the rehabilitation of neurogenic communication disorders stemming from stroke and traumatic brain injury in the context of the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (WHO-ICF) model.