Laura Murray, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Room 200, HSB
519 661-2111
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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7773-1843


  • PhD (University of Arizona)
  • MS (Minot State University)
  • BSc (Western)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Murray's research interests and achievements broadly focus on language abilities in typical aging and acquired neurogenic cognitive and communication disorders. Her specific research interests include not only examining how extra-linguistic cognitive deficits interact with language abilities in aphasia, right hemisphere disorders, traumatic brain injury, or progressive neurological diseases (e.g., Parkinson’s disease; frontotemporal lobar degeneration), but also in developing procedures for assessing and treating both acquired language disorders and related, extra-linguistic concomitant symptoms. Recent projects also focus on critical appraisal (e.g., scoping review; systematic review) of the stroke, aphasia, right hemisphere disorders, and progressive language disorders/dementia literature.

Featured Publications and Projects


  • Murray, L. L., & Clark, H. M. (2023). Neurogenic disorders of language and cognition: Evidence-based clinical practice (2nd Edition). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Chapters and Reports

  • Murray, L. L. & Mayer, J. (2022). Extra-linguistic cognitive considerations in aphasia management. In I. Papathanasiou, P. Coppens & C. Potagas (Eds.), Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, 3rd Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Murray, L. L., Salis, C., Martin, N. & Dralle, J. (2018). The use of standardized short-term and working memory tests in aphasia research: A systematic review. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 28(3), 309-351.
  • Murray, L. L. (2018). Sentence processing in aphasia: An examination of material-specific and general cognitive factors. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 48, 26-46.
  • Paek, E. J., Murray, L. L., & Newman, S. D. (2021). Exploring reorganization of brain function after concurrent verb and noun retrieval treatment in individuals with neurodegenerative language disorders: An fMRI study with a case series design. Brain and Language, 218, 104950.
  • Stark, B.C., Dutta, M., Murray, L. L., Fromm, D., Bryant, L., Harmon, T., Ramage, A., & Roberts, A. (2021). Spoken discourse assessment and analysis in aphasia: An international survey of current practices. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(11), 4366-4389.
  • Dutta, M., Murray, L. L., & Stark, B. (2022). Assessing the integrity of executive functioning in chronic aphasia. Aphasiology.
  • Stockbridge, M., Sheppard, S., Keator, L., Murray, L. L., Blake, M. L. & ANCDS RHD Writing Group (2022). Aprosodia subsequent to right hemisphere brain damage: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 28(7), 709-735.

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • As part of ANCDS Right Hemisphere Disorders Writing Group, systematic review of pragmatic/language disorders and assessment tools
  • As part of ANCDS Aphasia Writing Group, tutorial on fostering generalization in aphasia intervention
  • As part of Aphasia subcommittee of IALP, development of an aphasia field manual for geographic areas globally with lack of access to speech-language pathology services

Featured Graduate Student Projects

Rehabilitation Of Post-Stroke Aphasia In Ghana.

  • Kankam, Keren (2020). MSc, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Visit Scholarship@Western for a list of completed student theses and dissertations in the repository.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Ongoing projects are available in a variety of areas pertaining to aphasia, right hemisphere cognitive-communication disorders/apragmatism, and progressive language disorders/dementia.

For more information, please contact professor Laura Murray via email at

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • FOQUSAphasia

Media Highlights

  • Murray, L. L. (2022, April 20). Interview on aphasia. All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU-NPR Radio in Columbus, Ohio.


  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Aphasiology
  • Aphasia Subcommittee, International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders