Victoria Tilton-Bolowsky, Ph.D.,

Victoria is a postdoctoral research fellow and certified speech-language pathologist. Victoria earned a Bachelor of Art in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Loyola University Maryland in 2011 and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in 2014. Victoria worked as a full-time SLP with adults with neurogenic communication disorders in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy for four years before returning to school for a Ph.D. Victoria earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2022. Her dissertation work was titled, "The development and application of strategies in learning and aphasic language recovery.


Victoria’s research interests include behavioral and neurological changes in people following left-hemisphere stroke. Some of her other research interests include:

  • Expressive language recovery, both in how we assess and conceptualize recovery following treatment, and in how we facilitate generalization of expressive language skills learned in therapy to everyday life
  • People with aphasia’s use of circumlocution in moments of anomia (both in the types of productions made during circumlocution, and how much/what types of information are most essential to listener comprehension)
  • Culturally responsive assessment and treatment of cognitive-linguistic disorders

  • Publications

    Tilton-Bolowsky VE, Hillis AE. A Review of Poststroke Aphasia Recovery and Treatment Options. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2023/07/11/ 2023;doi: Link.
    Tilton-Bolowsky VE, Brock L, Nunn K, Evans WS, Vallila-Rohter S. Incorporating Metacognitive Strategy Training Into Semantic Treatment Promotes Restitutive and Substitutive Gains in Naming: A Single-Subject Investigation. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. doi:doi:10.1044/2023_AJSLP-22-00230. Link.
    Tilton-Bolowsky VE, van der Stelt CM, DeMarco A, et al. Evaluating circumlocution in naming as a predictor of communicative informativeness and efficiency in discourse. Aphasiology. 2023:1-24. doi:10.1080/02687038.2023.2183076. Link.
    Gutz SE, Rowe HP, Tilton-Bolowsky VE, Green JR. Speaking with a KN95 face mask: a within-subjects study on speaker adaptation and strategies to improve intelligibility. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. 2022/07/30 2022;7(1):73. doi:10.1186/s41235-022-00423-4. Link.
    Schliep ME, Tilton-Bolowsky V, Vallila-Rohter S. Cue responsiveness as a measure of emerging language ability in aphasia. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2022/02/17 2022;29(2):133-145. doi:10.1080/10749357.2021.1886636. Link.
    Tilton-Bolowsky V, Vallila-Rohter S, Arbel Y. Strategy Development and Feedback Processing During Complex Category Learning. Front Psychol. 2021;12:672330. . Link.