Lab Director/Principal Investigator

Heather Harris Wright, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Heather Harris Wright is the Director of the Aging and Adult Language Disorders Lab at ECU. Dr. Wright is a certified speech-language pathologist and recently was appointed as Associate Dean of Research of the College of Allied Health Sciences. She has over 20 years of experience of working with adults with language and cognitive disorders resulting from stroke, head injury, and dementia. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horses, running and participating in crazy races like the Ragnar Relay race and Tough Mudder – check them out!


Ph.D. Students

Amy Henderson

Amy is a graduate student from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is interested in cognitive and communication abilities in adults with traumatic brain injury. She is currently working on her dissertation and nearly done with data collection. Check back to find out the results of her work!  She hopes to both become clinically certified competent in speech-language pathology and get her PhD.

Hana Kim

Hana Kim is a third-year doctoral student. She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. Her research area is the relationship between language processing and cognitive ability such as working memory and executive function. 


Saryu Sharma

Saryu Sharma is a second year doctoral student in Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Speech Language Pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, India. Her research interests include investigation of working memory deficits in persons with adult language disorders.