In the Attention, Memory, and Language Lab, our research focuses on working memory, episodic memory, attention, executive function, and language processing in adults, including healthy young adults, bilinguals, military veterans, older adults, and individuals with a history of concussion or traumatic brain injuries.

Military Veterans
In the Veterans Cognition and Academic Success (VCAS) research project, we are examining memory and attention in young military veterans and how history of concussion/brain injuries, stress, sleep disturbance, and other factors impact cognition. We currently have three research projects in progress:
Memory and Attention in Military Veterans – An assessment of memory and attention through computerized tasks
Veteran Cognitive Strategies Program – Individualized strategic programming for veterans with memory or attention difficulties that affect their academic performance.
Activity and Sleep Tracking Study – Using a wearable health monitoring device, the sleep and activity patterns of veteran are analyzed and related to their reported stress levels and cognitive performance. 

Recent Presentations
Azuma, T., & Gallagher, K. (2017). Self-Report of Cognitive and Anxiety Symptoms in   Military Veterans and Non-Veterans with and without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.   Presentation at the International Communication Disorders Conference. Orange, CA. January 2017.

Gallagher, K. & Azuma, T. (2016). Memory & mTBI: Narrative Recall in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Presentation given at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA.  November 2016.

Gallagher, K., Azuma, T., & Ingram, K. (2015). Military Culture & Clinical Challenges: The Assessment of Military Veterans With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Presentation at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Denver, Colorado. November 2015.

Participate or learn more about the VCAS Research project by visiting the VCAS website

Bilingual Speakers
In our lab, we are examining executive function, working memory, and episodic memory in adult bilingual speakers. We are also interested in how concussions/brain injuries affect executive function and language processing in bilingual speakers.

Recent Publications:
Ratiu, I., & Azuma, T. (in press). Language Control in Bilingual Adults with and without History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain and Language.

Ratiu, I. & Azuma, T. (2015). Working Memory Capacity: Is There a Bilingual Advantage? Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27, 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.976226.

Complete list of Research Publications/presentations

Participate or learn more by visiting the Bilingual TBI (BiTBI) Research Project website.