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Tracy Love

Tracy Love-Geffen

Tracy Love

SLHS Interim Director

Professor, Speech Language
SDSU Director, Joint SDSU/UCSD Doctoral Program in Language      and Communicative Disorders
Director, Language and Neuroscience Group
Executive Committee, Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience

Phone: (619) 594-6354
Office: SLHS 230

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  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology (Cognition and Neurolinguistics)
  • M.A., UC San Diego (Psychology)
  • B.A., Brandeis University (Psychology)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Academy of Aphasia
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • ASHA
  • Neurobiology of Language
  • SDSU Center for Aging, Advisory Board
  • NIH- NIDCD Standing Member, Communication Disorders Review Committee (CDRC)
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences

Academic and Clinical Teaching Areas

  • Aphasia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neuroanatomy of Speech and Language Systems
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research Design and Methods

Scholarly Areas

Research interests are primarily centered on language processing in both language impaired and language unimpaired child and adult populations. This research program focuses on examining the nature of the information used during on-going language and cognitive processing, in determining when and how different information sources are integrated, and in determining the biological (neurological) bases of these processes. A multiple methodological approach is employed via the fusion of information provided by brain imaging, on-line and off-line behavioral research.

Research Support

  • 2015-2017 “Perfusion-informed lesion mapping in aphasia”; NIH-NIDCD; R21 DC015263; Principal Investigator
  • 2017-2022  “Neurocognitive Approaches to Communication Disorders”; NIH-NIDCD; T32DC007361 
    (Training grant; renewed), Participating Faculty Member (Dr. Lewis Shapiro, PI).
  • 2016-2017 “Brain structure and function in children with specific language impairment”; Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Pilot Grant; Co-Investigator (Abel, PI)

Selected Publications

  • Callahan, S, Shapiro, L, and Love, T (2009) The activation of verbs in sentences involving verb phrase anaphors. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.