Jessica A Brown

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164 Pillsbury Dr SE
115 Shevlin Hall


Dr. Brown teaches classes relating to neurological functions, communication differences and disorders, and acquired cognitive and language disorders at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research is focused on developing ecologically-valid assessments, evaluating augmentative supports and strategies, and examining visual and cognitive abilities to improve functional outcomes for individuals with traumatic brain injury, concussion, and stroke across the lifespan.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelors of Science: Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
  • Masters of Science: Speech-Language Pathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2011.
  • Ph.D.: Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2015.


  • Adult language and cognitive disorders
  • Functional Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Aphasia
  • Eye Tracking and Visual Processing
  • Concussion
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Courses Taught
  • SLHS 1401/3401 - Communication Disorders and Differences
  • SLHS 4301 - Introduction to Neuroscience for Human Communication
  • SLHS 5605 - Language and Cognitive Disorders in Adults
  • SLHS 5900 Seminar - Traumatic Brain Injury
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Big10/CIC-Ivy League Traumatic Brain Injury Coalition: Educational Dissemination and Research Sub-Committee Member , July, 2015 - Present
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences: Membership Committee Member , January, 2016 - Present
  • ASHA Special Interest Groups 2 and 12: Perspectives Reviewer , 2016


  • Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science: Faculty Member, August, 2015 - Present
  • Research Collaboration - Mayo Clinic: 2016 - Present
  • Research Collaboration - Minnesota Department of Veteran's Affairs: 2016 - Present


  • MN Brain Injury Alliance: Service Committee Member, October, 2015
  • Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance: Board Member, June, 2016
  • Bohaty, J., Hebert, M., Nelson, R., & Brown, J. (in press) Methodological status and trends in expository text structure instruction efficacy research. Reading Horizons
  • Brown, J., Hux, K., & Fairbanks, S. (2015). Reading Recovery: A case study using a multi-component treatment for acquired alexia. Aphasiology, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1052728
  • Brown, J., Hux, K., Knollman-Porter, K., & Wallace, S. (2015). Use of visual cues by adults with traumatic brain injuries to interpret explicit and inferential information. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000148.
  • Knollman-Porter, K., Wallace, S., Hux, K., & Brown, J. (2015). Reading experiences and use of supports by adults with chronic aphasia. Aphasiology, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1041093.
  • Brown, J., Thiessen, A., Beukelman, D., & Hux, K. (2015). Noun Representation in AAC Grid Displays: Visual Attention Patterns of People with Traumatic Brain Injury. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 31, 15-26.
  • Brown, J. A., Hux, K., Kenny, C., & Funk, T. (2014) Consistency and idiosyncrasy of semantic categorization by adults with traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 20, 1-7.
  • Wallace, S. E., Hux, K., Brown, J., & Knollman-Porter, K. (2014). High-context images: Comprehension of main, background, and inferential information by people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 28(6), 713-730.
  • Zickefoose, S., Hux, K., Brown, J., & Wulf, K. (2013). Let the games begin: A preliminary study using Attention Process Training-3 and LumosityTM brain games to remediate attention deficits following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 27(6), 707-716.
  • Frances Lavin Award Recipient - Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders2014
  • Othmer Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012 - 2015