Lisa Bunker, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lisa Bunker is a post-doctoral fellow and certified speech-language pathologist. She received a BA in Linguistics and a MS in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and then worked clinically in adult rehabilitation settings for several years before pursuing her doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Utah, studying under Dr. Julie Wambaugh.


Lisa’s primary research interests include the development of effective and functionally meaningful interventions for aphasia and/or acquired apraxia of speech, as well as determining adequate and reliable outcome measures for these populations. Her dissertation work involved the development and application of a novel aphasia treatment that incorporated a motor task to prime access to action-related semantic information, and theoretically facilitate retrieval of action verbs and/or related nouns during sentence production.


Fabian, R., Bunker, L., & Hillis, A. E. (2020). Is Aphasia Treatment Beneficial for the Elderly? A Review of Recent Evidence. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 1-15.
Wambaugh, J. L., Wright, S., Nessler, C., Mauszycki, S. C., Bunker, L. D., Boss, E., Zhang, Y., Hula, W., & Doyle, P., (in press). Further study of the effects of treatment intensity on outcomes of Sound Production Treatment for acquired apraxia of speech: Does dose frequency matter? American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
Bailey, D. J.,Bunker, L. D., Mauszycki, S., & Wambaugh, J. L. (2019). Replication and reliability of the metrical stress effect on segmental production accuracy. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 00(0), 1-12. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12493
Wambaugh, J. L., Bailey, D. J., Mauszycki, S. C., & Bunker, L. D.(2019). Inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity for the Apraxia of Speech Rating Scale 3.0: Application with persons with acquired apraxia of speech and aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28, 895-904.
Bunker, L. D., Nessler, C., & Wambaugh, J. (2019). Effect size benchmarks for Response Elaboration Training (RET): a meta-analysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28, 247-258. https://doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0152
Bunker, L. D., Wright, S., & Wambaugh, J. (2018). Language changes with Combined Aphasia and Apraxia of Speech Treatment. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 323-335.