Ellyn Riley

Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research and Teaching Interests

Acquired disorders of language, improving treatment outcomes for persons with aphasia, the role that cognitive fatigue plays in the recovery process, biofeedback as a tool to enhance speech and language therapy for the stroke population. For a complete listing of Dr. Riley's research go to her Laboratory Website.


CSD 725 Neuropathologies of Language

CSD 409/609 Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language

CSD 345/645 Speech Science


Northwestern University, Ph.D., Communication Sciences Disorders, 2011
Northwestern University, M.A., Speech-Langauge Pathology, 2009
University of New Mexico, B.S., Biology, 2004


Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Department of Communications Sciences & Disorders, 2014-present

Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, 2012-2014

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University, Aphasia & Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory, 2011-2012

Selected Publications

Riley, E.A., & Thompson, C.K. (2015). Training pseudoword reading in acquired dyslexia: A phonological complexity approach. Aphasiology, 29(2), 129-150.

Riley, E.A., Brookshire, C.E. & Kendall, D.L. (2015). Acquired alexias: Mechanisms of reading. In Raymer, A.M. & Gonzalez-Rothi, L.J. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Aphasia and Language Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Thompson, C.K., Riley, E.A., Den Ouden, D.B., Meltzer-Asscher, A., & Lukic, S. (2013). Training verb argument structure production in agrammatic aphasia: Behavioral and neural recovery patterns. Cortex, 49(9), 2358-2376.

Riley, E.A. & Kendall, D.L. (2011). The acquired disorders of reading. In Papathanassiou, Coppens, & Potagas (Eds.), Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders, 1st Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.

Riley, E.A., & Thompson, C.K. (2010). Ortho-phonological cueing may be a viable method of treating anomia in Chinese for speakers with alphabetic script knowledge. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment & Intervention, 4(1), 49-53.

Riley, E.A. & Thompson, C.K. (2010). Semantic typicality effects in acquired dyslexia: Evidence for semantic impairment in deep dyslexia. Aphasiology, 24 (6-8), 802-813.

Research Spotlight

Our research lab is interested in learning more about how to improve treatments for aphasia, a language disorder primarily caused by stroke. For example, severe fatigue is a common problem in the stroke population and current speech-language therapy does not typically include specific protocols for fatigue management. The lab’s is currently focused on developing an objective and clinically-practical method of detecting fatigue in patients with aphasia. With the development of better fatigue detection systems, we can begin to investigate effects of fatigue on treatment outcomes and develop protocols for fatigue management during therapy.