Dr. Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah is a Professor and Director of the Aphasia Research Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her undergraduate (BS) and Masters (MS) degrees in Hearing and Speech Sciences at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, India. She completed her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University with Dr. Cynthia Thompson.  Dr. Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah joined Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland in 2005. You can read more about her research at http://aphasia.umd.edu/. She is currently a member of the Maryland Language Science Center and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

Areas of Interest

  • brain injury
  • aging
  • neural plasticity
  • language
  • bilingualism


  • PhD
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Northwestern University

HESP602/NACS 728K: Neurological Bases of Communication

HESP 610: Language Disorders in Adults

HESP 611: Cognitive Disorders in Adults

HESP 603: Seminar in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

HESP 406: Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults

HONR 279M: How does the brain speak? Insights from brain damage and brain imaging. 

HESP 818: Seminar in Language Processing: Integrating findings from neuropsychology and neuroimaging of language processes

The long term goal of Dr. Faroqi-Shah's research program is to further understand the neural underpinnings of language, with a particular focus on language breakdown following brain injury, training-induced neural plasticity and language in bilingual speakers. Ongoing research examines the interplay between speaker’s intended meaning, grammatical encoding, and word retrieval for language production, as well as the cognitive mechanisms that support language production. 

Research Methods
Functional Brain Imaging
Therapeutic Studies
Research Interests
Brain Plasticity
Cognitive Neuroscience
Functional Brain Imaging
Lexical Semantics

Former Students

  • Student Name
    Monica Sampson
    Current Position
    Associate Director of Research, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
0141F LeFrak Hall
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
yfshah [at] umd.edu