Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Angel Ball, Associate Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ball is an associate professor who joined the TAMUK program in 2007. Her specialty area is neurolinguistics with a focus on aphasia and agraphia research. She began her career in Cincinnati, Ohio and had been teaching and supervising at the University of Cincinnati (UC) since 1998. She has over 20 years experience in speech pathology clinical care, primarily in rehabilitation (hospital and nursing home) settings. Currently she maintains an affiliation with UC's College of Allied Health Sciences as Voluntary Assistant Professor of Clinical. 

Educational Background:

University of Cincinnati

Ph.D. 1998 Speech Pathology, cognate in Audiology, minor in Neurolinguistics

M.A. 1987 Speech Pathology

B.A. 1985 English Literature

Certification

American Speech and Hearing Asso. Certificate of Clinical Competence since 1987

Texas license to practice Speech Language Pathology: #103575 

Professional Memberships- see links for more information

American Speech and Hearing Association

Texas Speech and Hearing Association 

The National Aphasia Association-

            Texas State Representative 2007-present

 

Research interests

  • aphasia topics
    • searching for efficacy in treatment approaches
    • learning about the role of neural reorganization by language activation patterns in fMRI localization in stroke
  • written language
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    • exploring adult writing patterns with normal aging and aphasia
    • using technology and self-correction strategies for improving functional writing in populations of stroke and special need
  • TSHA 2012 Presentation Handout  - Expanding Writing Assessment to Include Technology

 CURRENT STUDIES OPEN FOR PARTICIPANTS:

In Texas, cardiovascular disease or strokes affect more than that 1.4 million individuals (per the Executive Summary of The Burden Report: Cardiovascular Disease in Texas - 2006).  Often a stroke results in impairment in ability to speak (aphasia). One research project at the TAMUK Communication Sciences and Disorders clinic is to improve the technological means for these individuals to be able to speak clearly.

If you or anyone you know has experienced a stroke with aphasia, please consider volunteering for a current research study.  We are looking for individuals who had a stroke at least 1 year ago,  spoke English before the stroke (may be bilingual), and has good vision.  They must be between ages 21-85.    

Please contact or provide the individual with the contact information:

                Angel Ball, Ph.D. CCC/SLP   361-593-2614  or email: angel.ball@tamuk.edu 

                Our Speech and Hearing clinic is located in Manning Hall suite 100

THIS RESEARCH PROJECT HAS BEEN REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-KINGSVILLE INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS THOSE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS.  Phone: (361) 593-3344

Most Recent Publications:         

Dietz, A., Ball, A., & Griffith. (In-Press). Reading and writing with aphasia in the 21st Century: Internet applications of supported reading comprehension and written expression. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

 

Ball, A., de Riesthal, M., Breeding, V., & Mendoza, D. (2011). Modified ACT and CART for severe aphasia. Aphasiology, 25, 607-836-848.

 

Szaflarski, J. P., Eaton, K., Ball, A. L., Banks, C., Vannest, J., Allendorfer, J. B., Page, S., Holland, S. K. (2010- Epub ahead of print: In-Press). Post-stroke aphasia recovery assessed with fMRI and picture identification task. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

 

Szaflarski, J. P., Ball, A. L., Grether, S., Al-fwaress, F., Griffith, N.M., Neils-Strunjas, J., Newmeyer, A., Reichhardt, R. (2008). Constraint-induced aphasia therapy stimulates language recovery in patients with chronic aphasia after ischemic stroke. Medical Science Monitor, 12, 5, 243-250.

 

Eaton, K. P., Szaflarski, J. P., Altaye, M., Ball, A. L., Kissela, B. M., Banks, C., Holland, S. K. (2008). Reliability of fMRI for studies of language in post-stroke aphasia subjects. NeuroImage, 41, 311-322.

Complete CV

Contact Information

Biological & Health Sciences
100A Manning
MSC 177A Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-2614
fax:
email: angel.ball@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: February 04, 2013