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Leora Cherney
Professor; Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine
Communication Sciences & Disorders

345 East Superior St.
Room Ste. 1353
Chicago, IL 60611

Leora Cherney

Dr. Cherney directs the Center for Aphasia Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she is conducting clinical research studies to establish the efficacy and effectiveness of a variety of aphasia treatments. Several innovative treatments have been computerized using state-of-the-art computer technology with a “virtual therapist”. Other treatments are biologically-motivated and include investigations of cortical stimulation or pharmacologic agents in conjunction with intensive speech-language therapy. Other interests relate to group programs to enhance communication, and encourage and engage participation of stroke survivors with aphasia in everyday life activities. Prior research interest focused on discourse and unilateral neglect in individuals with right hemisphere damage following stroke.


PhDSpeech and Language Pathology, Northwestern University
MASpeech and Language Pathology, Northwestern University
BSLogopaedics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Recent Publications

Cherney, L. R. & Halper, A. S. (2007). Performance on the California Verbal Learning Test following right hemisphere stroke: A longitudinal study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 14(1), 21-25.

Cherney, L. R. & Small, S. L. (2006). Task-dependent changes in brain activation following therapy for nonfluent aphasia: Discussion of two individual cases. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12, 828-842.

Cherney, L. R. (2006). Ethical issues involving the right hemisphere stroke patient: To treat or not to treat? Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 13(4), 47-53.

Recent Grants and Funding

Northstar NeuroScience. Feasibility Study of Cortical Stimulation Combined with Rehabilitation to Enhance Recovery in Broca’s Aphasia. 12/1/04 – 6/30/07. PI = L. Cherney and S. Small.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Conversational script training for aphasia. 10/1/03-9/30/08. P.I. = L. Cherney; Part of a Center Grant on Technology Promoting Integration for Stroke Survivors. (P. I. = E. Roth, M.D.).

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Web-Based Treatment of Aphasia. 11/01/2006 – 10/31/2009 PI=Cherney.

National Institutes of Health (NIDCD). R01. Subcontract to University of Chicago (PI = Steve Small; subcontract PI = Cherney). Neurophysiological Measurement in Aphasia Treatment. 4/1/05 – 3/31/10.


SPCH-LNG 495-2Aphasia II