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Nina Dronkers

Nina Dronkers, Director of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at the VA Northern California Health Care System, USA, is a globally recognized expert on speech, language and cognitive disorders after brain damage and will become the leading international researcher of the Laboratory.

Education

  • 1978

    Master's in Educational Psychology
    University of California, Berkeley

  • 1976

    Bachelor's in Linguisics
    University of California, Berkeley

Grants

1987 - 1990            $174,000, "Structure and Facilitation of Naming Abilities in Aphasia", Veterans Administration Department of Medicine and Surgery, no Co-Investigators

 

1991 - 1994            $160,000, "Lexical-Semantic Aspects of Naming Abilities in Aphasia", Veterans Administration, Department of Medicine and Surgery, no Co-Investigators

 

1994 - 1999            $350,000, “Semantic Access in the Right Cerebral Hemisphere“, National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke, with Kathleen Baynes, Ph.D. as Co-Principal Investigator

 

1999 - 2002            $230,000, “Contributing Factors to Post-Stroke Depression in Aphasia”, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research, with Kathleen Baynes, Ph.D. and Rita Hargrave, M.D. as Co-Investigators

 

2002 - 2008            $974,000, “Cognitive Disorders in Stroke: Project 3 - Language”, National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke, with Kathleen Baynes, Ph.D. and Diane Swick, Ph.D. as Co-Investigators

 

2004 - 2008            $3,070,000, “Cross Linguistic Studies of Aphasia”, National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders, originally awarded to Elizabeth Bates, Ph.D. in 2001.

 

2005 - 2009            $506,000, “Executive Functioning in Stroke Patients with Aphasia”, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research, with Juliana Baldo, Ph.D. as Co-Investigator

 

2010 - present       $619,000, “Language Disorders Due to Fiber Tract Disconnection in Aphasic Patients”, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research, with And Turken, Ph.D., Robert Knight, M.D. and Juliana Baldo, Ph.D. as Co-Investigators

Conferences

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Speech and language disorders after injury to the brain. Doctor’s Hospital, San Pablo, June, 2010.

Mapping language areas in the brain. University of California, Berkeley, October, 2010.

The neuroanatomy of language. University of California, Berkeley, September, 2011.

Neural correlates of auditory comprehension deficits in stroke patients with aphasia.  National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland, Oregon, October, 2011.

Effects of stroke on speech and language in veterans. Research Day, VA Northern California Health Care System, April, 2012.

Neuroanatomical correlates of auditory comprehension deficits in stroke patients with aphasia. National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders, Bethesda, Maryland, June 2012.

Neuroanatomical correlates of auditory comprehension deficits in stroke patients with aphasia. Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, May, 2012.

Lesion and connectivity analysis of a network supporting language comprehension. Memory and Aging Center Grand Rounds, University of California, San Francisco, August, 2012.

Lesion and connectivity analysis of a network supporting language comprehension. Dept. of Neurology Grand Rounds, University of California, Los Angeles, September, 2012.

The neuroanatomy of language. University of California, Berkeley, September, 2012.

The role of the insula in speech production. Special debate at the Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Sebastian, Spain, October, 2012.

Effects of stroke on speech and language in veterans. Home-based Primary Care Program, VA Northern California Health Care System, November, 2012.

Structural and functional connectivity of the brain regions supporting auditory sentence comprehension. Plenary lecture for the Japan Society for Higher Brain Dysfunction, Utsunomiya, Japan, November, 2012.

Speech and language deficits after injury to the adult brain. UCSF Osher Mini Medical School for the Public, University of California, San Francisco, December, 2012.

What do we know about the neural substrates of recovery? McDonnell Planning Grant meeting, St. Louis, April, 2013.

The neural architecture of auditory comprehension. Keynote address for the British Aphasiology Society, Manchester, England, September, 2013.

Lesion and connectivity analysis of a network supporting language comprehension. Clinical Neuroanatomy Seminar, Gordon Museum, London, England, September, 2013.

Lesion and connectivity analysis of a network supporting language comprehension. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, November, 2013.

Effects of stroke on speech and language in veterans. Research Day, VA Northern California Health Care System, May, 2014.

Language and the Brain: Learning from Aphasia. Keynote lecture in honor of the retirement of Beverly Wulfeck, San Diego State University, May, 2014.

Aphasia. Center for Speech Pathology, Moscow, Russian Federation, June, 2014.

Visualizing the brain’s fiber pathways. International Neurolinguistics Laboratory, Moscow Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation, June, 2014.

What has the study of aphasia taught us about language and the brain? Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory: Genetics & the Neurobiology of Language, July, 2014.

The neuroanatomy of language. University of California, Berkeley, October, 2014.

Language and the brain: Learning from aphasia. Kosmos Club, University of California, Berkeley, December, 2014.

Language disorders and the neurobiology of language. Keynote lecture, Molecular, Cellular, Integrative Physiology annual retreat. University of California, Los Angeles, February 2015.

Publications18

Publications

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Rohwer, W.D., Rabinowitz, M. & Dronkers, N.F. Event knowledge, elaborative propensity, and the development of learning proficiency. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 1982, 33, 492-503.

Chiarello, C., Dronkers, N.F. & Hardyck, C. Choosing sides: Some questions concerning the apparent instability of language lateralization in normal populations. Neuropsychologia, 1984, 22(3), 363-373.

Bernstein-Ellis, E., Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F. & Milton, S.B. PICA performance by traumatically brain-injured and left hemisphere CVA patients. Clinical Aphasiology, 1985, 15, 97-106.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F. & Deal, J.L. Language and localization: A comparison of left, right and bilaterally brain-damaged patients. Clinical Aphasiology, 1985, 15, 141-148.

Hardyck, C., Chiarello, C., Dronkers, N.F. & Simpson, G.V. Orienting attention within visual fields: how efficient is interhemispheric transfer. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1985, 11(5), 650-666.

Hardyck, C., Dronkers, N.F., Chiarello, C. & Simpson, G. The 'eyes' have it: Exposure times and saccadic movements in visual half-field experiments. Brain and Cognition, 1985, 4(4), 430-439.

Ober, B.A., Dronkers, N.F., Koss, E., Delis, D. & Friedland, R.F. Retrieval from semantic memory in Alzheimer-type dementia. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 1986, 8(1), 75-92.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F. & Shubitowski, Y. Discriminant function analysis of performance by normals and left hemisphere, right hemisphere, and bilaterally brain damaged patients on a word fluency measure. Clinical Aphasiology, 1986, 16, 257-266.

Hardyck, C., Dronkers, N.F., Chiarello, C. & Simpson, G. On preaching the commandments of proper research: A rejoinder. Brain and Cognition, 1987, 6, 238-242.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F., Bernstein-Ellis, E., Shubitowski, Y., Elman, R., Shenaut, G.K. & Knight, R.T. Appraisal and diagnosis of neurogenic communication disorders in remote settings. Clinical Aphasiology, 1987, 17, 117-123.

Dronkers, N.F. Crossed aphasia. Clinical Aphasiology, 1987, 17, 339-348.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F., Knight, R.T., Shenaut, G.K. & Deal, J.L. Rehabilitation of neurogenic communication disorders in remote settings. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 1987, 25(1), 446-447.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F., Knight, R.T., Shenaut, G.K. & Deal, J.L. Rehabilitation of neurogenic communication disorders in remote settings. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 1988, 26(1), 350-351.

Dronkers, N.F. & Knight, R.F. Right-sided neglect in a left-hander: Evidence for reversed hemispheric specialization for attention capacity. Neuropsychologia, 1989, 27(5), 729-736.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F., Shenaut, G.K. & Knight, R.T. Neurogenic communication disorders in remote settings. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 1990, 28(1), 364-365.

Wertz, R.T. & Dronkers, N.F. Effects of age on aphasia. ASHA Report 19: Proceedings of the Research Symposium on Communication Sciences and Disorders and Aging, 1990, 88-98.

Dronkers, N.F. & Swain, B.E. Statistical power in aphasia research. Clinical Aphasiology, 1991, 19, 15-19.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F., Bernstein-Ellis, E.G., Sterling, L.R., Shubitowski, Y., Elman, R.J., Shenaut, G.K., Knight, R.T. & Deal, J.L. The potential of telephonic and television technology for appraising and diagnosing neurogenic communication disorders in remote settings. Aphasiology, 1992, 6, 195-202.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers, N.F. & Hume, J.L. PICA intrasubtest variability (PMD) and prognosis for improvement in aphasia. Clinical Aphasiology, 1993, 21, 207-211.

Elman, R.J., Klatzky, R.L., Dronkers, N.F. & Wertz, R.T. Phonologic priming and picture naming in aphasic and normal subjects. Clinical Aphasiology, 1993, 21, 255-262.

Henik, A., Dronkers, N.F., Knight, R.T. & Osimani, A. Differential effects of semantic and identity priming in patients with left and right hemisphere lesions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1993, 5(1), 45-55.

Friedland, R.P., Koss, E., Lerner, A., Hedera, P., Ellis, W., Dronkers, N., Ober, B.A. & Jagust, W.J. Functional imaging, the frontal lobes, and dementia. Dementia, 1993, 4, 192-203.

Wertz, R.T. & Dronkers, N.F. PICA performance following left and right hemisphere brain damage: Influence of side and severity. Clinical Aphasiology, 1994, 22, 157-164.

Dronkers, N.F. A new brain region for speech: The insula and articulatory planning. Nature, 1996, 384, 159-161.

Dronkers, N.F., Ludy, C.A. & Redfern, B.B. Pragmatics in the absence of verbal language: Descriptions of a severe aphasic and a linguistically feral adult. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 1998, 11(1-2), 179-190.

Dronkers, N.F. The pursuit of brain-language relationships. Brain and Language, 2000, 71(1), 59-61.

Dronkers, N.F. The gratuitous relationship between Broca’s aphasia and Broca’s area. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2000, 30-31.

Walker-Batson, D., Curtis, S., Natarajan, R., Ford, J., Dronkers, N.F., Salmeron, E., Lai, J. & Unwin, D.H.  A double-blind placebo-controlled study of the use of amphetamine in the treatment of aphasia.  Stroke, 2001, 32(9), 2093-2098.

Dick, F., Bates, E., Wulfeck, B., Utman, J., Dronkers, N.F., & Gernsbacher, M. Language deficits, localization and grammar: Evidence for a distributive model of language breakdown in aphasics and normals. Psychological Review, 2001, 108(4), 759-788.

Bates, E., Reilly, J., Wulfeck, B., Dronkers, N.F., Opie, M., Fenson, J., Kriz, S., Jeffries, R., Miller, L., & Herbst, K.  Differential effects of unilateral lesions on language production in children and adults. Brain and Language, 2001, 79, 223-265.

Watkins, K.E., Dronkers, N.F., Vargha-Khadem, F.  Behavioral analysis of an inherited speech and language disorder:  comparison with acquired aphasia.  Brain, 2002, 125(3), 452-464.

Saygin, A.P., Dick, F., Wilson, S.W., Dronkers, N.F., Bates, E.A. Neural resources for processing language and environmental sounds: evidence from aphasia. Brain, 2003, 126(4), 928-945.

Bates, E., Wilson, S.M., Saygin, A.P., Dick, F., Sereno, M., Knight, R.T. & Dronkers, N.F. Voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. Nature Neuroscience, 2003, 6(5), 448-450.

Dronkers, N.F., Wilkins, D.P., Van Valin, R.D. Jr., Redfern, B.B. & Jaeger, J.J. Lesion analysis of the brain areas involved in language comprehension. Cognition, 2004 92,145-177.

Saygin, A.P., Wilson, S.M., Dronkers, N.F. & Bates, E. (2004).  Action comprehension in aphasia:  linguistic and non-linguistic deficits and their lesion correlates.  Neuropsychologia, 2004, 42, 1788-1804.

Gorno-Tempini, M.L., Dronkers, N.F., Rankin, K.P., Ogar, J.M., Phenegrasamy, L., Rosen, H.J., Johnson, J.K., Weiner, M.W., Miller, B.L.  Cognition and anatomy in three variants of primary progressive aphasia.  Annals of Neurology, 2004, 55(3), 335-346.

Dronkers, N.F. & Ogar, J. Brain areas involved in speech production (invited editorial). Brain, 2004, 127, 1461-1462.

Baldo, J.V., Dronkers, N.F., Wilkins, D.P., Ludy, C., Raskin, P., & Kim, J.  Is problem solving dependent on language?  Brain and Language, 2005, 92(3), 240-250.

Ogar, J., Slama, H., Dronkers, N.F., Amici, S. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Apraxia of speech: an overview.  Neurocase, 2005, 11(6), 427-431.

Moineau, S., Dronkers, N.F. & Bates., E.A.  Exploring the processing continuum of single word comprehension in aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2005, 48(4), 884-896.

Ogar, J., Willock, S., Baldo, J., Wilkins, D., Ludy, C. & Dronkers, N. Clinical and anatomical correlates of apraxia of speech and language.  Brain and Language, 2006, 97(3), 343-350.

Baldo, J.V. & Dronkers, N.F.  The role of inferior frontal and inferior parietal cortex in working memory. Neuropsychology, 2006, 20(5), 529-538.

Baldo, J., Schwartz, S., Wilkins, D., & Dronkers, N.F.  Role of frontal versus temporal cortex in verbal fluency as revealed by voxel-based lesion symptom mapping. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2006, 12(6), 896-900.

Gorno-Tempini, M. L., Ogar, J., Brambati, S. M., Wang, P., Jeong, J. H., Rankin, K. P., Dronkers, N.F. & Miller, B.L.  Anatomical correlates of early mutism in progressive nonfluent aphasia.  Neurology, 2006, 67(10), 1849-1851.

Amici, S., Gorno-Tempini, M.L., Ogar, J.M., Dronkers, N.F. & Miller, B.L. An overview on primary progressive aphasia and its variants. Behavioral Neurology, 2006, 17(2), 77-87.

Rosen, H.J., Allison, S.C., Ogar, J.M., Amici, S., Rose, K., Dronkers, N.F., Miller, B.L. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Behavioral features in semantic dementia vs other forms of progressive aphasias. Neurology, 2006, 67(10), 1752-1756.

Baldo, J. & Dronkers, N.F. Neural correlates of arithmetic and language comprehension: A common substrate? Neuropsychologia, 2007, 45(2), 229-235.

Arevalo, A. L., Perani, D., Cappa, S.F., Butler, A., Bates, E. & Dronkers, N.F.  Action and object processing in aphasia: from nouns and verbs to the effect of manipulability.  Brain and Language, 2007, 100(1), 79-94.

Dronkers, N.F., Plaisant, O., Iba-Zizen, M.T. & Cabanis, E.A. Paul Broca’s historic cases: High resolution MR imaging of the brains of Leborgne and Lelong. Brain, 2007, 130, 1432-1441.

Borovsky, A., Saygin, A.P., Bates E. & Dronkers, N.F. Lesion correlations of conversational speech production deficits, Neuropsychologia, 2007, 45(11), 2525-2533.

Amici, S., Brambati, S.M., Wilkins, D., Ogar, J., Dronkers, N.F., Miller, B.L., & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Anatomical correlates of sentence comprehension and verbal working memory in neurodegenerative disease, Journal of Neuroscience, 2007, 27(23), 6282-6290.

Canolty, R.T., Soltani, M., Dalal, S.S., Edwards, E., Dronkers, N.F., Nagarajan, S.S., Kirsch, H., Barbaro, N. & Knight, R.T.  Spatiotemporal dynamics of word processing in the human brain. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2007, 1(1), 185-196.

Amici, S., Ogar, J., Brambati, S.M., Miller, B.L., Neuhaus, J., Dronkers, N.F. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Performance in specific language tasks correlates with regional volume changes in progressive aphasia. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 2007, 20(4), 203-211.

Ogar, J., Dronkers, N.F., Brambati, S.M., Miller, B.L. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Progressive nonfluent aphasia and its characteristic motor speech deficits. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 2007, 21(4), S23-30.

Baldo, J.V., Klostermann, E.C. & Dronkers, N.F. It's either a cook or a baker: Patients with conduction aphasia get the gist but lose the trace. Brain and Language, 2008, 105(2), 134-140.

Turken, A.U., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Bammer, R., Baldo, J.V., Dronkers, N.F. & Gabrieli, J.D.E. Cognitive processing speed and the structure of white matter pathways: convergent evidence from normal variation and lesion studies. Neuroimage, 2008, 42(2), 1032-1044.

Gorno-Tempini, M.L., Brambati, S.M., Ginex, V., Ogar, J., Dronkers, N.F., Marcone, A., Perani, D., Garibotto, V., Cappa, S.F. & Miller, B.L. The logopenic/phonological variant of primary progressive aphasia. Neurology, 2008, 71(16), 1227-1234.

Rabinovici, G.D., Jagust, W.J., Furst, A.J., Ogar, J.M., Racine, C.A., Mormino, E.C., O’Neil, J.P., Lal, R.A., Dronkers, N.F., Miller, B.L. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Aß amyloid & glucose metabolism in three variants of primary progressive aphasia. Annals of Neurology, 2008, 64(4), 388-401.

Baldo, J. V., Arevalo, A., Wilkins, D. P. & Dronkers, N. Voxel-based lesion analysis of category specific naming on the Boston Naming Test. CRL Technical Report, 2009, 21(2).

Agosta, F., Henry, R. G., Migliaccio, R., Neuhaus, J., Miller, B. L., Dronkers, N. F., Brambati, S. M., Filippi, M., Ogar, J. M., Wilson, S. M. & Gorno-Tempini, M. L. Language networks in semantic dementia. Brain, 2010, 133, 286-299.

Baldo, J.V., Bunge, S.A., Wilson, S.M. & Dronkers, N.F. Is relational reasoning dependent on language? A voxel-based lesion symptom mapping study. Brain and Language, 2010, 113, 59-64.

Wilson, S.M., Henry, M.L., Besbris, M., Ogar, J.M., Dronkers, N.F., Jarrold, W., Miller, B.L. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Connected speech production in three variants of primary progressive aphasia. Brain, 2010, 133, 2069-2088.

Wilson, S.M., Dronkers, N.F., Ogar, J.M., Jang, J., Growdon, M.E., Agosta, F., Henry, M.L., Miller, B.L. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Neural correlates of syntactic processing in the nonfluent variant of primary progressive aphasia. Journal of Neuroscience, 2010, 30, 16845-16854.

Baldo, J.V., Wilkins, D.P., Ogar, J., Willock, S. & Dronkers, N.F. Role of the precentral gyrus of the insula in complex articulation, Cortex, 2010, 47(7), 800-807.

Baldo, J.V., Schwartz, S., Wilkins, D.P. & Dronkers, N.F. Double dissociation of letter and category fluency following left frontal and temporal lobe lesions. Aphasiology, 2010, 24(12), 1593-1604.

Turken, A.U. & Dronkers, N.F. The neural architecture of the language comprehension network: converging evidence from lesion and connectivity analyses. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 2011, 5, 1-20.

Arévalo, A.L., Lu, C.C., Huang, L.B., Bates, E.A. & Dronkers N.F. Action and object processing in brain-injured speakers of Chinese. Neuropsychology, 2011, 25(6), 792-805.

Baldo, J.V., Wilkins, D.P., Ogar, J., Willock, S., & Dronkers, N.F. Role of the precentral gyrus of the insula in complex articulation. Cortex, 2011, 47(7), 800-807.

Buchsbaum, B.R., Baldo, J., Okada, K., Berman, K.F., Dronkers, N.F., D'Esposito, M. & Hickok, G. Conduction aphasia, sensory-motor integration, and phonological short-term memory - An aggregate analysis of lesion and fMRI data. Brain and Language, 2011, 119(3), 119-128.

Galantucci, S., Tartaglia, M.C., Wilson, S.M., Henry, M.L., Filippi, M., Agosta, F., Dronkers, N.F., Henry, R.G., Ogar, J.M., Miller, B.L. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. White matter damage in primary progressive aphasias: a diffusion tensor tractography study. Brain, 2011, 134(10), 3011-3029.

Gorno-Tempini, M.L., Hillis, A.E., Weintraub, S., Kertesz, A., Mendez, M., Cappa, S.F., Ogar, J.M., Rohrer, J.D., Black, S., Boeve, B.F., Manes, F., Dronkers, N.F., Vandenberghe, R., Rascovsky, K., Patterson, K., Miller, B.L., Knopman, D.S., Hodges, J.R., Mesulam, M.M. & Grossman, M. Classification of primary progressive aphasia and its variants. Neurology, 2011, 76(11), 1006-14.

Justus, T., Larsen, J., Yang, J., de Mornay Davies P., Dronkers, N.F & Swick, D. The role of Broca's area in regular past-tense morphology: an event-related potential study. Neuropsychologia, 2011, 49(1), 1-18.

Ogar, J.M., Baldo, J.V., Wilson, S.M., Brambati, S.M., Miller, B.L., Dronkers, N.F. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Semantic dementia and persisting Wernicke's aphasia: linguistic and anatomical profiles. Brain and Language, 2011, 117(1), 28-33.

Paluy, Y., Gilbert, A.L., Baldo, J.V., Dronkers, N.F. & Ivry, R.B. Aphasic patients exhibit a reversal of hemispheric asymmetries in categorical color discrimination. Brain and Language, 2011, 116(3), 151-156.

Vitali, P., Dronkers, N.F., Pincherle, A., Giovagnoli, A.R., Marras, C., D'Incerti, L., Ghielmetti, F., Spreafico, R. & Villani, F. Accuracy of pre-surgical fMRI confirmed by subsequent crossed aphasia. Neurological Sciences, 2011, 32(1), 175-80.

Baldo, J.V., Katseff, S. & Dronkers, N.F. Brain regions underlying repetition and auditory-verbal short-term memory deficits in aphasia: Evidence from voxel- based lesion symptom mapping, Aphasiology, DOI:10.1080/02687038.2011.602391.

Arévalo, A.L., Baldo, J.V. & Dronkers NF. What do brain lesions tell us about theories of embodied semantics and the human mirror neuron system? Cortex, 2012, 48(2), 242-254.

Baldo, J.V., Arévalo, A., Patterson, J.P. & Dronkers, N.F. Grey and white matter correlates of picture naming: Evidence from a voxel-based lesion analysis of the Boston Naming Test. Cortex, 2013, 49(3), 658-667.

Ries, S. K., Xie, K., Haaland, K. Y., Dronkers, N. F.  & Knight, R. T.  Role of the lateral prefrontal cortex in speech monitoring. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013, 7, Article 703, 1-16.

Caso, F., Mandelli, M. L., Henry, M., Gesierich, B., Bettcher, B. M., Ogar, J., Filippi, M., Comi, G., Magnani, G., Sidhu, M., Trojanowski, J. Q., Huang, E. J., Grinberg, L. T., Miller, B. L., Dronkers, N., Seeley, W. W. & Gorno-Tempini, M. L. In vivo signatures of nonfluent/agrammatic primary progressive aphasia caused by FTLD pathology. Neurology, 2014, 82, 239-47.

Mandelli, M.L., Caverzasi, E., Binney, R., Henry, M., Lobach, I., Amirbekian, B., Block, N., Dronkers, N.F., Miller, B., Henry, R. & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Frontal white matter tracts sustaining speech production in Primary Progressive Aphasia. Journal of Neuroscience, 2014, 34(29), 9754 –9767.

Ries, S.K., Greenhouse, I., Dronkers, N.F., Haaland, K.Y. & Knight, R.T. Double dissociation of the roles of the left and right prefrontal cortices in anticipatory regulation of action. Neuropsychologia, 2014, 63, 215-225.

Brambati, S.M., Amici, S., Racine, C.A., Neuhaus, J., Miller, Z., Ogar, J., Dronkers, N.F., Miller, B., Rosen, H., & Gorno-Tempini, M.L. Longitudinal gray matter contraction in three variants of primary progressive aphasia: A tensor-based morphometry study. NeuroImage: Clinical, 2015, 8, 345-355.

Flinker, A., Korzeniewska, A., Shestyuka, A.Y., Franaszczuk, P.J., Dronkers, N.F., Knight, R.T., & Crone, N.E.  Redefining the role of Broca’s area in speech. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015, 112(9), 2871-2875.

Ries, S.K., Karzmark, C.R., Navarrete, E., Knight, R.T., & Dronkers, N.F. Specifying the role of the left prefrontal cortex in word selection, Brain and Language, in press.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Dronkers, N.F., Yamasaki, Y., Ross, G.W. & White, L. Assessment of bilinguality in aphasia: Issues and examples from multicultural Hawai’i. In Paradis, M. (Ed.), Aspects of Bilingual Aphasia, Pergamon Press, 1995, 57-65.

Dronkers, N.F. & Ludy, C.A. Brain lesion analysis in clinical research. In Stemmerer, B. and Whitaker, H. (Eds.) Handbook of Neurolinguistics, San Diego: Singular Press, 1997, 173-187.

Dronkers, N.F., Ludy, C.A. & Redfern, B.B. Pragmatics in the absence of verbal language: Descriptions of a severe aphasic and a linguistically feral adult. In Paradis, M. (Ed.), Pragmatics in Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1998, 179-190.

Dronkers, N.F. The neural basis of language. In R. Wilson & F. Keil (Eds.), The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999, 448-451.

Dronkers, N.F., Redfern, B.B. & Knight , R.T. The neural architecture of language disorders. In M.S. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The New Cognitive Neurosciences, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2000, 949-958.

Dronkers, N.F., Pinker, S. & Damasio, A. Language and the aphasias. In Kandel, E.R., Schwartz, J. & Jessell, T. (Eds.), Principles in Neural Science, 4th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000, pgs. 1169-1187.

Dronkers, N.F. & Larsen, J.L. Neuroanatomy of the classical syndromes of aphasia. In Boller, F. & Grafman, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Neuropsychology, 2nd edition, New York: Elsevier Science, 2001, 19-30.

Dronkers, N.F. & Baldo, J. Speech production, neural basis of. In N.J. Smelser and P.B. Baltes (Eds.), R.F. Thompson and J.L. McClelland (Section Eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, 2001, pgs. 14875-14879.

Dronkers, N.F. & Berndt, R. Aphasia. In W.J. Frawley (Ed.) Oxford International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Dronkers, N.F. & Ogar, J. Aphasia. In M.J. Aminoff and R.B. Daroff (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, San Diego, California: Academic Press, 2003.

Wertz, R.T., Dronkers N.F. & Ogar, J. Aphasia:  The classical syndromes. In R.D. Kent (Ed.), MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003, 249-252.

Dick, F., Dronkers, N., Pizzamiglio, L., Saygin, A.P., Small, S.L., & Wilson, S. Language and the brain. In M. Tomasello & D.I. Slobin, (Eds.) Beyond Nature-Nurture: Essays in honor of Elizabeth Bates. New Jersey: Erlbaum, 2005, pgs. 237-260.

Dronkers, N.F. & Baldo, J.V. Language: Aphasia. In L.R. Squire (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2009, vol. 5: 343-348.

Dronkers, N.F. & Ogar, J. Aphasia.  In P.C. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 103-105.

Dronkers, N.F. & Baldo, J.V. Broca’s area. In P.C. Hogan (Ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 139-142.

Baldo, J.V., Wilson, S.M. & Dronkers, N.F. Uncovering the neural substrate of language: A voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping approach. In M. Faust, (Ed.), Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language, vol. 1&2, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 582-594.

Dronkers, N.F. & Ogar, J. Aphasia. In M.J. Aminoff and R.B. Daroff (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 2014.

Baldo, J. & Dronkers, N.F. Speech production, neural basis of. In J.D. Wright (Editor-in-Chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, 2nd edition, in press.

Academic Supervision

for a degree of Candidate of Science
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Analia Arevalo, Ph.D.              University of California, San Diego

Juliana Baldo, Ph.D.                 University of California, Berkeley

Sasha Best, Ph.D.                      VANCHCS Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Jary Larsen, Ph.D.                     California School of Professional Psychology

Lindall McIntire, M.S.              California State University, Hayward

Jenny Ogar, M.S.                       California State University, San Francisco

Vitoria Piai, Ph.D.                    University of California, Berkeley

Patty Phaneuf, M.S.                  California State University, East Bay

Stephanie Ries, Ph.D.               University of California, Berkeley

Ruth Salo, Ph.D.                        University of California, Davis

Krista Schendel, Ph.D.             University of California, Davis

Ana Soper, Ph.D.                      VANCHCS Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Kate Taylor, M.S.                      Ohio State University

And Turken, Ph.D.                   University of California, Santa Barbara

Alana Vernon, Ph.D.                VANCHCS Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Employment history

CURRENT POSITIONS

VA Research Career Scientist

Director, Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders

VA Northern California Health Care System (126R)

150 Muir Road, Martinez, California 94553

Phone: (925) 372-2925  FAX: (925) 372-2244

Email: dronkers@ucdavis.edu

 

Adjunct Full Professor

Department of Neurology

University of California, Davis

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

1982, 1999 Visiting Scholar - Max-Planck-Institut fur Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

1990  Consultant - Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

1991 - 1997  Consultant - Honolulu Heart Program, Kuakini Medical Center

1992  Consultant - Division of Neuropsychology, National Institutes of Health

1994  Summer Faculty - Cognitive Science Institute, SUNY Buffalo

1995  Summer Faculty - Cognitive Science Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria

1998  Visiting Scholar - Department of Psychology and Institute for Personality and Social Research, University of California, Berkeley

1998 Summer Faculty - McDonnell Summer Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, Squaw Valley, California

2002 Consultant - Washington University, St. Louis

2001 to present  Consultant – Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

2014 to present  Academic Supervisor – International Neurolinguistics Laboratory, Moscow Research University, Higher School of Economics


Biography

 Dr. Dronkers is a Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Davis and a distinguished figure in the field of Neurolinguistics. Her research has been continuously funded since 1987. In 2006, Dr. Dronkers was given the prestigious VA Research Career Scientist Award, which is awarded only to the top scientists in the USA. She is a prolific writer, having authored over 80 papers and 17 book chapters. Her work is widely cited and she has an impressive H-index of 30, very high for the social sciences.  One of the brain areas that was identified by Dr. Dronkers in a Nature paper in 1996 has become known in neuroscience circles as “Dronkers Area”. Dr. Dronkers is also a unique, globally recognized specialist in state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods. With her assistance, a novel neuroimaging technique, voxel-based lesion symptom mapping, was pioneered in 2003. Dr. Dronkers will bring overall conceptual and methodological guidance to the project throughout the three upcoming years, assuring direct participation in the research and teaching. 

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