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Sabine Heuer, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

Education

Ph D Speech and Language Sciences Ohio University Athens, Ohio 2009
MA Speech-Language Pathology Ohio University Athens, Ohio 2004
BA Staatsexamen fuer Lehramt an Förderschulen (degree in Special Education) Leipzig University Leipzig, Germany 2002

Speaker Topics

  • Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Eye-tracking as a Tool to Assess Cognitive Processes
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Interests & Expertise

Sabine Heuer’s research interests include the exploration of linguistic and non-linguistic factors that impact adults’ performance during language comprehension tasks. She is especially interested in the assessment of attention allocation and working memory processes and their relationship to language comprehension in individuals with and without aphasia, a disorder caused by brain damage that impairs language comprehension and language production.

Heuer’s goal is to contribute to the development of more carefully controlled and valid assessment materials for individuals with aphasia and related disorders.

Selected Publications

Heuer, S., Ivanova, M., & Hallowell, B. (2017, May). More than the Verbal Stimulus Matters: Visual Attention in Language Assessment for People with Aphasia Using Multiple-choice Image Displays. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 1348-1361.
Heuer, S., & Pinke, M. L. (2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Development of an Eye-tracking Method to Assess Mental Set Switching in People with Aphasia. Brain Injury, 31(5).
Heuer, S., & Hallowell, B. (2015). A novel eye-tracking method to assess attention allocation in individuals with and without aphasia using a dual-task paradigm. Journal of Communication Sciences and Disorder, 55, 15-30.
Heuer, S. (2009). Visual attention in a multiple-choice task: influences of image characteristics with and without presentation of a verbal stimulus. Aphasiology, 23(3), 351-363.
Heuer, S., & Hallowell, B. (2007). An evaluation of test images for multiple-choice comprehension assessment in aphasia. Aphasiology, 21(9), 883-900.

Presentations

Heuer, S., Hallowell, B., & Ivanova, M. (May 2016). Bottom-up influences on visual attention in image-based language tasks in people with aphasia. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Charlottesville, VA.
Heuer, S., & Pinke, M. (November 2015). Development of an Eye-Tracking Method to Assess Cognitive Flexibility Using a Switching-Task Paradigm. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.
Lund, S. K., Heilmann, J. J., Heuer, S., Erdmann, K., Oswald, K., Schimek, R., & Zuba, K. (November 2015). Outcome Measure Use Among Speech-Language Pathologists. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.
Sempos, A., Heuer, S., & Lund, S. K. (November 2015). The Impact of Accessible Email on the Written Communication of People with Aphasia. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.
Heuer, S., & Pinke, M. (August 2015). Assessment of Cogntive Functions using Eye tracking. European Conference on Eye Movements, Vienna, Austria.
Heuer, S. (November 2014). Assessment of Dual-task Performance in Young and Old Adults Using Eye Tracking. ASHA 2014, Orlando, FL.
Heuer, S., Ivanova, M., & Hallowell, B. (May 2014). Exploring the Relationship between Working Memory Capacity and Attention Allocation in Persons with and without Aphasia. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simmons Island, GA.
Heuer, S. (April 2014). The use of Eye Tracking to Assess Cognitive- linguistic Processes. CHS Research Colloquium, Milwaukee, WI.
Heuer, S., & Wagner, K. (November 2013). Influence of image characteristics in multiple-choice image displays with presentation of a verbal stimulus. Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.
Heuer, S. (November 2013). Strategies to Improve Communication with People with Dementia and Aphasia. In OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute School of Continuing Education, Milwaukee, WI.
Heuer, S., Aigner, J., & Bell, K. (May 2013). Validation of a New Eye-tracking Method to Assess Attention. 2013 Meeting of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Milwaukee, WI.
Hallowell, B., Heuer, S., & Shaw, V. (May 2013). Concurrent validation of an eyetracking-based method for assessing attention allocation. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Tuscon, AZ.
Heuer, S., & Hallowell, B. (November 2012). Eye-tracking-based attention indices in aphasia: Evaluation of online sampling intervals. Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.
Heuer, S., & Hallowell, B. (June 2012). Exploring online eye movement indices of attention allocation in aphasia. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA.
Heuer, S., Ivanova, M., & Hallowell, B. (June 2011). Exploring the relationship between working memory capacity and attention allocation in persons with and without aphasia.. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Recent Funded Grants

UWM College of Health Sciences SEED Program 2013

Title: Validation of a New Eyetracking Method to Assess Attention Allocation in Young and Old Adults Using a Dual- task Paradigm

Honors & Awards

Transdisciplinary Challenge Fellow (2014) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Health Care Services 2010 Legen Award (2011, January 3) Consonus.
Legend Award recipient for outstanding contributions in rehabilitation services to individuals with communication deficits, Milwaukee, OR (2010) Consonus Health Care Services.
Outstanding Graduate Doctoral Student Leader (2009, May) Ohio University.
Student Fellowship in Clinical Aphasiology (2009, May) NIH / NIDCD.
SRSAA (2008, December) Ohio University.
Graduate Student Senate Awards (2008, October) Ohio University.
Ph.D. Fellowship in Neurogenic Communication Disorders (2007, January) Ohio University.
SRSAA (2006, December) Ohio University.
Junior Mentor (2006, June) Aphasiology Conference Steering Committee.
Student Fellowship in Clinical Aphasiology (2006, June) NIH / NIDCD.
SRSAA (2006, May) Ohio University.
SRSAA (2006, May) Ohio University.
SRSAA (2006, January) Ohio University.
SRSAA (2005, December) Ohio University.
Graduate Student Senate Awards (2005, October) Ohio University.
Graduate Student Senate Awards (2005, October) Ohio University.
SRSAA (2005, May) Ohio University.
SRSAA (2004, December) Ohio University.
Clinical Fellowship (2004, September) Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Speech-Language Pathology Department.
Graduate Student Senate Awards (2004, May) Ohio University.
College of Heath and Human Services Student Research and Scholarly Activity Award (SRSAA) (2003, December) Ohio University.

Courses Taught

  • COMSDIS 720: Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults
  • COMSDIS 690: Cognitive Communication Disorders in Adults
  • COMSDIS 220: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms