Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Angel Ball, Associate Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Angel Ball, Associate Professor, joined the TAMUK CSDO program in 2007.  She has been a licensed Speech-language pathologist since 1987, with clinical experience in neuro-rehabilitation settings (hospital, outpatient day programs, nursing home and home health). Her specialty area is neurolinguistics with a research focus on aphasia, agraphia and language in aging.  Interests also involve use of technology in supportive communication. 

Dr. Ball along with Dr. Swartz received grant funding from Title V-The Promoting Post-Baccalaureate Opportunity for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) to create the Speech and Hearing Technology Center of South Texas.  The center provides a high tech training facility that emphasizes the analysis of the technology before implementing with clients. Students are encouraged to explore IPad tools, AAC devices, software programs that can be used in research and clinic. For more information contact Dr. Ball.  Currently the center is located in room 175 Manning Hall. 

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

Community service and research

Our campus Speech and Hearing Center services individuals with aphasia, apraxia of speech, and difficulty reading or writing due to neurological injury.  Periodically, we have research studies available that you may choose to participate in.  Please contact Dr. Ball if you or a family member is interested in finding out more (ph 361-593-2614 or angel.ball@tamuk.edu ). 

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

Clinical 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: September 17, 2014