Dr. Amy Rodriguez is a Research Health Scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science her from the University of Florida in 2010 and went on to complete a NIH T-32 postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida (2010-2011) and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (2011-2015). 

Research Interests:

As a speech-language pathologist and rehabilitation scientist, Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of neuroplasticity-based treatments for language and cognitive disorders resulting from neurologic disease. The overarching goals of her research are to: 1) develop clinically translatable treatments that yield generalizable and lasting effects and 2) develop clinically accessible ways of identifying who will acquire benefit from a specific treatment approach. Her work includes investigation of intensive comprehensive treatment approaches, as well as the use of exercise and brain stimulation as adjuvants to traditional treatment. Additional interests include dose-response relationships, as well as behavioral and neural predictors of treatment response. Her work is motivated by the desire to help Veterans maximize their language function to support meaningful connection with others and participation in activities of everyday life.

Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=9Rdad44AAAAJ&hl=en

Selected Publications:

1. B Crosson, KR Fabrizio, F Singletary, MA Cato, CE Wierenga, RB Parkinson, ME Gaiefsky, AB Moore, M Ciampitti, E Holiway, S Leon, A Rodriguez, DL Kendall, IF Levy, & LJ Gonzalez Rothi (2007). Treatment of naming in nonfluent aphasia through manipulation of intention and attention: A phase 1 comparison of two novel treatments. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13(4), 582-594. PubMed PMID: 17521480.

2. AD Rodriguez, L Worrall, K Brown, B Grohn, E McKinnon, C Pearson, S Van Hees, T Roxbury, P Cornwell, A MacDonald, A Angwin, E Cardell, B Davidson, & DA Copland (2013). Aphasia LIFT: Exploratory investigation of an intensive comprehensive therapy program. Aphasiology, 27(11), 1339-1361.

3. M Meinzer, S Jähnigen, D Copland, R Darkow, U Grittner, K Avirame, AD Rodriguez, R Lindenberg, & A Floel (2014). Transcranial direct current stimulation over multiple days improves learning and maintenance of a novel vocabulary. Cortex, 50, 137-147. PubMed PMID: 23988131.

4. J Dignam, D Copland, E McKinnon, P Burfein, K O’Brien, A Farrell & AD Rodriguez (2015). Intensive versus distributed aphasia therapy: A non-randomised, parallel-groups, dosage-controlled study of intensive versus distributed aphasia therapy. Stroke, 46(8), 2206-2011. PubMed PMID: 26106114.

5. J Dignam, AD Rodriguez, & D Copland (2016). Evidence for intensive aphasia therapy: Consideration of theories from neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 8(3), 254-267. PubMed PMID: 26107539.

6. J Dignam, D Copland, A Rawlings, K O’Brien, P Burfein, & AD Rodriguez (2016). The relationship between novel word learning and anomia treatment success in adults with chronic aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 81, 186-197. PubMed PMID: 26724545.

7. J Dignam, D Copland, K O’Brien, P Burfein, A Khan & AD Rodriguez (2017). Influence of cognitive ability on therapy outcomes for anomia in adults with chronic poststroke aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(2), 406-421. PubMed PMID: 28199471.

8. B Crosson, BM Hampstead, LC Krishnamurthy, V Krishnamurthy, KM McGregor, JR Nocera, S Roberts, AD Rodriguez, & SM Tran (2017). Advances in neurocognitive rehabilitation research from 1992 to 2017: The ascension of neural plasticity. Neuropsychology, 31(8), 900-920. PubMed PMID: 28857600.

9. S Harnish, AD Rodriguez, DS Blackett, C Gregory, L Seeds, J Boatright & B Crosson (2018). Aerobic exercise as an adjuvant to aphasia therapy: Theory, preliminary findings, and future directions. Clinical Therapeutics, 40(1), 35-48. PubMed PMID: 29277374.

10. B Crosson, AD Rodriguez, DA Copland, J Fridriksson, LC Krishnamurthy, M Meinzer, AM Raymer, V Krishnamurthy & A Leff (2019). Neuroplasticity and aphasia treatments: New approaches for an old problem. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 90, 1147-1155. PubMed PMID: 28857600.

11. M McSween, JS Coombes, CP MacKay, AD Rodriguez, KI Erickson, DA Copland & KL McMahon (2019). The immediate effects of acute aerobic exercise on cognition in healthy older adults: A systematic review. Sports Medicine, 49(1), 67-82. PubMed PMID: 30560422.

12. L Nichol, AJ Hill, SJ Wallace, R Pitt, C Baker & AD Rodriguez (2019). Self-management in aphasia: A scoping review. Aphasiology, 33(8), 903-942.

13. V Krishnamurthy, LC Krishnamurthy, JH Drucker, S Kundu, B Ji, K Hortman, SR Roberts, K Mammino, SM Tran, K Gopinath, KM McGregor, AD Rodriguez, D Qui, B Crosson & JR Nocera (2020). Correcting task fMRI signals for variability in baseline CBF improves BOLD-behavior relationships: A feasibility study in an aging model. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14, 336. PubMed PMID: 32425745.

14. LC Krishnamurthy, GN Champion, KM McGregor, V Krishnamurthy, A Turabi, SR Roberts, JR Nocera, M Borich, AD Rodriguez, SR Belagaje, RM Harrington, ML Harris-Love, SM Harnish, JH Drucker, M Benjamin, ML Meadows, L Seeds, ZZ Zlatar, A Sudhyadhom, AJ Butler, A Garcia, C Patten, J Trinastic, S Kautz, C Gregory, and BA Crosson (2020). The effect of time since stroke, gender, age, and lesion size on thalamus volume in chronic stroke: A pilot study. Scientific Reports, 10(1):20488. PubMed PMID: 33235210.

15. M McSween, KL McMahon, K Maguire, JS Coombes, AD Rodriguez, KI Erickson and DA Copland (2020). The acute effects of different exercise intensities on associative novel word learning in healthy older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13, 1-14. PMID: 33581683.

Phone: (404) 321-6111 x 204201
Fax: (404) 728-4837
Email: amy.rodriguez@emory.edu


Research Health Scientist, Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Research, Atlanta VA

Director, Connectivity Core, Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Research, Atlanta VA

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Therapeutic Programs, Cognitive Empowerment Program