Claudia Bruns

(née Heilemann)

My PhD research looks at the role of common multi-word utterances in chronic post-stroke aphasia. I am interested in how people with aphasia use and recognize such phrases, and how they can be systematically applied to aphasia rehabilitation. My project combines a frequency-based approach with a methodology motivated by Conversation Analysis, and I am applying implicit measures (using the word monitoring paradigm) to investigate language processing. From 2015 - 2017, I coordinated the UCL CSLIR Aphasia Research Group.

My journey at UCL began with a research internship in the ‘Better Conversations with Aphasia’ team during my M.A. training in Speech and Language Therapy. At this time, I was a student at the University of Munich, where I was also awarded an undergraduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy.

Read more about my PhD project here.

Key publications:

  • Heilemann, C., Varley, R., Zimmerer, V., & Beeke, S. (2017). "A great deal" versus "a fair deal": Does collocation strength determine processing speed in aphasia? Poster presentation. 18th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Geneva, 11-14 September, Stem-, Sprak- en Taalpathologue, 22, Suppl 2, 75-77. (available at: http://sstp.nl/article/view/30097)
  • Best, W., Maxim, J., Heilemann, C., Beckley, F., Johnson, F., Edwards, S.I., Howard, D., & Beeke, S. (2016). Conversation Therapy with People with Aphasia and Conversation Partners using Video Feedback:  A Group and Case Series Investigation of Changes in Interaction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(November), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00562
  • Beeke, S., Beckley, F., Johnson, F., Heilemann, C., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Best, W. (2015). Conversation focused aphasia therapy: investigating the adoption of strategies by people with agrammatism. Aphasiology, 29(3), 355-377. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2014.881459
  • Beeke, S., Johnson, F., Beckley, F., Heilemann, C., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Best, W., (2014). Enabling better conversations between a man with aphasia and his conversation partner: Incorporating writing into turn taking. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 47(3), 292-305. https://doi.org/10.1080/08351813.2014.925667
  • Heilemann, C., Best, W., Johnson, F., Beckley, F., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Beeke, S., (2014). Investigating treatment fidelity in a conversation-based aphasia therapy. Aphasie und verwandte Gebiete (2), 14-26. (available at: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1446926/)