Melissa Stockbridge, Ph.D.,

Melissa Stockbridge is a Research Associate and certified speech-language pathologist. In 2018, she graduated from the combined M.A.-Ph.D. program in Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland. There, her work examined how individual differences, such as age, gender, personality/temperament, and mental health influence complex, real-world communication skills and social behavior (P.I.: Rochelle Newman, rotation supervisor: Alexander Shackman), particularly in individuals with recent and/or frequent mild brain injury exposure. Melissa received an M.Sc. in cognitive neuroscience from the University College London, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and a B.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Honors College.


Her research focuses on improving outcomes for adults with neurogenic disorders of language by improving evaluation and augmenting traditional speech-language therapy informed by a greater understanding of how personality, affect, and mental health impact communication.


Stockbridge MD, Matchin W, DeLuque E, et al. Mary has a little chair: Eliciting noun-modifier phrases in individuals with acute post-stroke aphasia. Aphasiology. 2023:1-19. doi:10.1080/02687038.2023.2233739. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Faria AV, Fridriksson J, Rorden C, Bonilha L, Hillis AE. Subacute aphasia recovery is associated with resting-state connectivity within and beyond the language network. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. n/a(n/a)doi: Link.
Keser Z, Meier EL, Stockbridge MD, Breining BL, Hillis AE, Sebastian R. Corticocerebellar White Matter Integrity Is Related to Naming Outcome in Post-Stroke Aphasia. Neurobiology of Language. 2023:1-16. doi:10.1162/nol_a_00107. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Bahouth MN, Zink EK, Hillis AE. Socialize, Eat More, and Feel Better: Communal Eating in Acute Neurological Care. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2023;102(2S):S38-S42. doi:10.1097/phm.0000000000002123. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Tippett DC, Breining BL, Hillis AE. When words first fail: Predicting the emergence of primary progressive aphasia variants from unclassifiable anomic performance in early disease. Aphasiology. 2023/08/03 2023;37(8):1173-1185. doi:10.1080/02687038.2022.2084706. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Venezia JH, Vitti E, Tippett DC, Hillis AE. Verb Frequency and Density Drive Naming Performance in Primary Progressive Aphasia. Aphasiology. 2022:1-17. . Link.
Stockbridge MD, Vitti E, Faria AV, Hillis AE. Emotional and qualitative outcomes among patients with left and right hemisphere stroke. Original Research. Front Neurol. 2022-November-17 2022;13doi:10.3389/fneur.2022.969331. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Bunker LD, Hillis AE. Reversing the Ruin: Rehabilitation, Recovery, and Restoration After Stroke. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2022/11/01 2022;22(11):745-755. doi:10.1007/s11910-022-01231-5. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Keser Z, Bunker LD, Hillis AE. No evidence of impediment by three common classes of prescription drugs to post-stroke aphasia recovery in a retrospective longitudinal sample. PLoS One. 2022;17(6):e0270135. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0270135. Link.
Ruch K, Stockbridge MD, Walker A, et al. Enhanced Imaging and Language Assessments for Primary Progressive Aphasia. Neurology. 2022;99(18):e2044-e2051. doi:10.1212/wnl.0000000000201040. Link.
Vitti E, Kim G, Stockbridge MD, Hillis AE, Faria AV. Left Hemisphere Bias of NIH Stroke Scale Is Most Severe for Middle Cerebral Artery Strokes. Brief Research Report. Front Neurol. 2022-June-14 2022;13doi:10.3389/fneur.2022.912782. Link.
Sheppard SM, Stockbridge MD, Keator LM, Murray LL, Blake ML. The Company Prosodic Deficits Keep Following Right Hemisphere Stroke: A Systematic Review. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2022;28(10):1075-1090. doi:10.1017/S1355617721001302. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Berube S, Goldberg E, et al. Differences in linguistic cohesion within the first year following right- and left-hemisphere lesions. Aphasiology. 2021/03/04 2021;35(3):357-371. doi:10.1080/02687038.2019.1693026. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Walker A, Matchin W, et al. A double dissociation between plural and possessive “s”: Evidence from the Morphosyntactic Generation test. Cogn Neuropsychol. 2021/01/02 2021;38(1):116-123. doi:10.1080/02643294.2020.1833851. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Tippett DC, Breining BL, Vitti E, Hillis AE. Task performance to discriminate among variants of primary progressive aphasia. Cortex. 2021;145:201-211. . Link.
Stockbridge MD, Sheppard SM, Keator LM, Murray LL, Lehman Blake M. Aprosodia Subsequent to Right Hemisphere Brain Damage: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2022;28(7):709-735. doi:10.1017/S1355617721000825. Link.
Stockbridge MD, Matchin W, Walker A, et al. One cat, two cats, red cat, blue cats: eliciting morphemes from individuals with primary progressive aphasia. Aphasiology. 2021/12/02 2021;35(12):1611-1622. doi:10.1080/02687038.2020.1852167. Link.
Keser Z, Meier EL, Stockbridge MD, Breining BL, Sebastian R, Hillis AE. Thalamic nuclei and thalamocortical pathways after left hemispheric stroke and their association with picture naming. Brain Connect. 2021;11(7):553-565. . Link.
Keser Z, Meier EL, Stockbridge MD, Hillis AE. The role of microstructural integrity of major language pathways in narrative speech in the first year after stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2020/09/01/ 2020;29(9):105078. doi: Link.