Mariam Kavakci is a speech-language pathologist and PhD student in Dallas, Texas. Her research interests include the neurobiological aspects of speech control, motor-language interactions, language disorders, and their genomic premises. For her doctoral research project, she is examining implicit procedural motor learning in visual and auditory domains.
Ms. Kavakci’s past work experiences include the American Psychological Association in Washington D.C. and British Parliament in London. In 2010, she worked in a lab at George Washington University Medical Center examining the development of anxiety disorders in children who have parents with anxiety disorders using electroencephalography (EEG) methods.
In 2012, she received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Her clinical experiences include working in various clinics where she assessed and treated adults with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, voice disorders, left hemisphere strokes, and traumatic brain injuries. Ms. Kavakci also worked in a clinic implementing a classroom-based intensive speech, language and communication program for children on the autistic spectrum (ages 3 – 5 years) utilizing a social-pragmatic approach for enhancing language and social relatedness, as well as assessing and treating children showing characteristics along the spectrum of pervasive developmental disorders by implementing language stimulation and individualized play-based intervention. Additional experiences include working in a clinic where she differentially diagnosed motor speech disorders, phonological disorders, and delivered therapy to children with cochlear implants.
In 2012, Ms. Kavakci completed her medical internship at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center. She diagnosed and treated speech, language, cognitive-communicative, and swallowing disorders within the geriatric population. In 2013, she completed her Clinical Fellowship at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.