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Ryan Husak, Ph.D.

Ryan Husak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

husak@lasalle.edu

215.951.1443


Dr. Husak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at La Salle University and a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. He has worked in a variety of medically based settings as a speech-language pathologist. His area of specialization includes assessment and management of aphasia and other related neurogenic communication disorders. His research interests include investigating joint decision-making communication in married in which one of the spouses has aphasia and the other spouse does not as well as evaluating assessment practices and treatment efficacy in aphasia rehabilitation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aphasia
  • Neurogenic Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology

Education

  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University

Certifications

  • Speech-Language Pathology License, Pennsylvania
  • Speech-Language Pathology License, Kentucky
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Registered MBSImP Clinician, Northern Speech Services
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) in the Protection of Human Research

Teaching

  • COSD 100: Introduction to Language and Communication
  • COSD 202: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • COSD 501: Introduction to Clinical Practicum

Publications

Husak, R. S., Wallace, S. E. & Marshall, R. C. (under revision). A systematic review of aphasia therapy in post-stroke acute and subacute phases of recovery.

Afshangian, F., Nami, M., Foroughi, A. A., Rahimi, A., Husak, R. S., Fabbro, F., Tomasino, B., Kremer, C. (2017).  Coprolalia in aphasic patients with stroke: A longitudinal observation from the BLAS2T database. Neurocase23(5-6), 249-262.

Husak, R. S. & Page, C. G. (2017).  The effectiveness of spaced retrieval on improving self-feeding and use of compensatory swallowing strategies in individuals with dementia residing in a long-term care facility. Evidence-Based Practice Briefs,12(2), 1-11.

Husak, R. S. Marshall, R. C., & Rowles, G. D. (2016). Understanding the experience of driving with a passenger with aphasia. Aphasiology, 30(10), 1134-1150.

Presentations

Husak, R. S., Wallace, S. E., & Marshall, R. C., (May, 2018). Aphasia Therapy in Acute and Subacute Stroke Recovery Phases: A Systematic Review. Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC), Austin, TX.

Page, C. G. & Husak, R. S. (February, 2018) Can spaced retrieval improve self-feeding and/or use of swallowing strategies in individuals with dementia. Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA) convention, Lexington, KY.

Husak, R. S., Wallace, S. E., Marshall, R. C., & Anderson, C. (November, 2017). The effectiveness of aphasia therapy in the acute and subacute phases of post-stroke recovery. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Husak, R. S. & Page, C. G. (November, 2017). Can spaced retrieval improve self-feeding and/or use of swallowing strategies in individuals with dementia. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Husak, R.S., Freed, D.B., & Marshall, R.C. (2016, November). Aphasia therapy: An overdue report card. Oral session (seminar). American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Husak, R.S., (2016, February). Applying principles of neuroplasticity to aphasia therapy. Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA). Lexington, KY.

Husak, R.S. Marshall, R.C., & Rowles, G.D. (2014, November). Understanding the experience of driving with a passenger with aphasia. Poster presentation, American Speech-Language Hearing Association national convention, Orlando, FL.

Campbell, S., Husak, R.S.Bellamy, J.N., & Marshall, R.C., (2014, March). Contemporary issues in aphasia rehabilitation. Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA) convention. Convington, KY.

Husak, R.S., Marshall, R.C., & Staebler A.J. (2013, May-June). Assessing responsiveness to RET by individuals with chronic nonfluent aphaisa: A clinical perspective. NIDCD Research Symposium Poster. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Tuscan, AZ.

Husak, R.S & Marshall, R.C. (2012, November) Quantifying syntactic effects of Response Elaboration Training. Technical Research Paper-SLP, Intermediate Level, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention, Atlanta, GA

Husak, R.S. & Marshall, R.C. (2012, May). A new approach for quantifying the effects of Response Elaboration Training. NIDCD Research Symposium Poster, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA.

Awards

  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Conference Fellowship, 2017
  • ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE), February 2016
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)-funded research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology (RSCA) Fellowship, 2013
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)-funded research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology (RSCA) Fellowship, 2012
  • University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Robinson Graduate Award for Research Creativity, 2012
  • University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Enhancement Scholarship, 2011
  • Simpson/Switzer Speech and Hearing Scholarship, 2011