Pélagie (Pagie) Beeson is Professor and Head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology. Her clinical and research interests include the study of the language and cognition in healthy adults and those with acquired neurogenic communication disorders. In particular, Dr. Beeson studies a) the cognitive processes that support spoken and written language, b) the treatment of aphasia, acquired alexia and agraphia, and c) issues related to long-term rehabilitation of aphasia. Dr. Beeson’s behavioral research is complemented neuroimaging studies that examine lesion location and brain activation during language tasks using functional magnetic resonance imaging. In addition to classroom teaching, Dr. Beeson works with students in the context of independent studies, directing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.
Dr. Beeson is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and former chair of the ASHA Special Interest Division 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders. She has also served on the governing board of the Academy for Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences, and is an active member of the International Neuropsychological Society.