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Jose G. Centeno, PhD, CCC-SLP

My research directions respond to critical professional challenges in speech-language pathology resulting from national and global demographic and epidemiological trends. Marked growth in multiethnic diversity is projected to increase in adult stroke care in the U.S. and the world. The combined effect of a high stroke prevalence in a rapidly aging population, particularly in minority elderly groups, and the concurrent growth of multiethnic populations worldwide, including in the U.S., is estimated to translate into larger stroke-disabled ethnoracially diverse elder groups in the country and in many other world regions.

My current research targets three areas pertinent to post-stroke language and literacy disorders in multiethnic adult populations with a particular focus on Hispanic/Spanish-speaking individuals:

  1. Verb production in bilingual Spanish-English speakers with aphasia (a common post-stroke

language impairment): The study examines the role of temporal meaning (tense) in the differential production of verb endings (morphological markings) in dual Spanish-English users with agrammatism (grammatically-limited spoken language in aphasia).

  1. Acquired dyslexia in bilingual Spanish-English readers: Experimental work in this area explores the possible interaction of semantic word properties with other linguistic features in post-stroke word naming in Spanish-English readers.
  1. Speech-language pathology service delivery in ethnogeriatric neurorehabilitation caseloads with communication impairments: These studies explore service gaps in order to improve the research agenda and rehabilitation programs in ethnoracially diverse older groups with neurogenic communication impairments.

Current Collaborators (listed in alphabetical order)

Raquel T. Anderson, PhD


Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

Ana I. Ansaldo, PhD


Centre de recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, and

École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal, Canada


Jennifer Austin, PhD


Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Rutgers University, Newark

Olga Boukrina, PhD

Research Scientist

Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, Kessler Foundation

William Graves, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark

Joyce L. Harris, PhD

Associate Professor (ret)

University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Loraine K. Obler, PhD

Distinguished Professor

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York


Liliana Sanchez, PhD


Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, New Brunswick


Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile 08/17
Faculty Recognition Award (post-tenure review), St. John’s University, NY 08/15
Annual Awards of Excellence: Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 11/13
Faculty Recognition Award, St. John’s University, NY 07/11
Faculty Outstanding Achievement Medal, St. John’s University, NY 05/11
Certificate of Recognition, Hispanic Caucus, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 11/10
Faculty Recognition Award, St. John’s University, NY 07/10
Faculty Recognition Award, St. John’s University, NY 07/08
Academic service-learning award, St. John’s University, NY 07/06
Faculty Recognition Award, St. John’s University, NY 09/03

Aphasia Services in Diverse Neurorehabilitation Caseloads

The Aphasia Services in Diverse Neurorehabilitation Caseloads (ASDNC) group is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers, students, and academics interested in the study and clinical management of aphasia in populations and languages that have received minimal attention in the aphasia literature. To receive information about the group, including its newsletter, please send your email address to Jose G. Centeno, PhD:   

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