Michelle Gravier, PhD’s

Veterans Health Foundation

Michelle Gravier, PhD’s

Dr. Michelle Gravier joined VAPHS in 2015 from San Diego State/University of California, San Diego. Dr. Gravier studies language impairment following brain damage (aphasia) and both impairment-based and social approaches to rehabilitation and reengagement. Her research interests also include translational considerations (i.e. how evidence-based practices can be feasibly implemented in clinical settings). Dr. Gravier collaborates with other VAPHS investigators on NIH-funded research clinical trials focused on the development and evaluation of language rehabilitation strategies for individuals with aphasia, as well as investigators at CSU East Bay on the development of interdisciplinary approaches to aphasia rehabilitation including physical activity, psychosocial counseling, and music-focused interventions.


Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, California State University, East Bay

What are the 3 most important questions that define your research program?

  1. What are the relationships between structural and functional brain plasticity, language treatment, cognition, mood, and aphasia recovery?
  2. How can non-invasive brain stimulation be best combined with behavioral approaches to improve language, cognition, and/or mood in individuals with aphasia?
  3. What are the best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration in aphasia rehabilitation to encourage neuroplasticity?

What are five key words that best describe your areas of interest?

  1. Aphasia
  2. Neuroplasticity
  3. Treatment
  4. Participation
  5. Neurostimulation

What are up to 5 technologies, models, methods, analytical approaches or other forms of expertise that characterize your research program?

  1. Neurostimulation
  2. Neuroimaging
  3. Group Treatment
  4. Interdisciplinary Collaboration