Alexandra Zezinka Durfee, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Alexandra Zezinka Durfee is a post-doctoral fellow and certified speech-language pathologist. She earned a Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication Science and Disorders and a minor in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University.

Alexandra has previously investigated emotional language processing abilities of individuals with cognitive-linguistic impairments following right hemisphere stroke as well as the effect of cognitive skills on aphasia treatment outcomes among individuals following left hemisphere stroke. She also conducted a series of studies on word-picture verification task performance with adults with aphasia and adults without acquired brain damage to better understand language representation in the brain and to further assess the task’s utility as an aphasia assessment tool.


Her research interests include behavioral and neurological changes in individuals following right hemisphere stroke. Some of her other research interests include development of language and cognitive-linguistic assessments, particularly for use in acute care settings, and investigation and treatment of the underlying cognitive-linguistic mechanisms in acquired communication disorders with the goal of promoting treatment generalization.


Frigerio-Domingues, C. E., Gkalitsiou, Z., Zezinka, A. , Sainz, E., Gutierrez, J., Byrd, C., ... & Drayna, D. (2019). Genetic factors and therapy outcomes in persistent developmental stuttering. Journal of communication disorders, 80, 11-17.
Harnish, S. M., Blackett, D. S., Zezinka, A., Lundine, J. P., & Pan, X. (2018). Influence of working memory on stimulus generalization in anomia treatment: A pilot study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 48, 142-156.
Lundine, J. P., Harnish, S. M., McCauley, R. J., Blackett, D. S., Zezinka, A. , Chen, W., & Fox, R. A. (2018). Adolescent summaries of narrative and expository discourse: Differences and predictors. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49(3), 551-568.
Lundine, J. P., Harnish, S. M., McCauley, R. J., Zezinka, A. , Blackett, D. S., & Fox, R. A. (2018). Exploring summarization differences for two types of expository discourse in adolescents with traumatic brain injury. American journal of speech-language pathology, 27(1), 247-257.
Blackett, D. S., Harnish, S. M., Lundine, J. P., Zezinka, A. , & Healy, E. W. (2017). The effect of stimulus valence on lexical retrieval in younger and older adults. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(7), 2081-2089.
Tompkins, C. A., Lei, C. M., & Zezinka, A. (2015). The nature and implications of right hemisphere language disorders. In The handbook of adult language disorders (pp. 507-533). Psychology Press.
Zezinka, A. & Tompkins, C. A. (2015). Negative word production in adults with right hemisphere brain damage: Effects of implicit assessment and contextual bias. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24(4), S815-S827