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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Kati Renvall

MA Helsinki, PhD Turku.

Kati Renvall

Adjunct Supervisor

Contact Details

email : kati.renvall@utu.fi

External Address

Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy
University of Turku, Finland

I also have a profile at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Profile

I am a speech pathologist and I work in a research project titled as "Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation: Advancing Pathways for Aphasia Services". The project is carried out in five Australian Universities and it is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC). My ultimate research aims could be summarised as an attempt to develop "theoretically motivated, clinically possible, and functionally relevant intervention programs for people with aphasia". I am particularly interested in word retrieval, its impairments (anomia), and treatment. I mainly use methodology adopted from the cognitive neuropsychological approach. However, I am also curious what the modern brain imaging technology has to offer for a speech pathologist. Currently, I am conducting studies which will hopefully provide valuable insights into extending word retrieval treatment from concrete nouns - as in traditional speech therapy - to more abstract concepts, such as adjectives.

Awards

  • Academy of Aphasia Award "Best Paper by a Student" (2002), Renvall, K. Academy of Aphasia 40th Annual Meeting, New York.

Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Research Development Grant (2011 - 2013) "'Boring' or 'interesting': How do we process adjectives after brain damage?" Renvall, K., Burianová, H., & Nickels, L. ($45,998)
  • Alfred Kordelin Foundation via the Foundations' Postdoc Pool (2010 - 2013) "Treatment of anomia in people with aphasia: Theoretically motivated, clinically possible, and functionally relevant intervention programs. Grant for post-doctoral research abroad.” (€119,000). Renvall, K. ($182,692)
  • Academy of Finland (2009) personal moving grant. (8400 EUR) Renvall, K.
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation (2006) for post-doctoral research at the University of Turku. (16000 EUR) Renvall, K.
  • Clinical Aphasiology Conference Fellowship Grant (2006) for the Clinical Aphasiology Conference. (1600 USD) Renvall, K.
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation (2001) for doctoral studies/dissertation. (80000 FIM) Renvall, K.
  • Finnish Konkordia Fund (2001) for doctoral studies/dissertation. (20000 FIM) Renvall, K.
  • Helsinki University Foundation (2000) for doctoral studies/dissertation. (75000 FIM) Renvall, K.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Renvall, K. (2010). Nimeamisen kuntoutus. In H. Hamalainen, P. Korpilahti, & M. Laine (Eds.), Kieli ja aivot [Language and Brain] (pp. 321-329). University of Turku: Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Renvall, K. (2006). Anomiakuntoutus [Anomia treatment]. In H. Hamalainen, M. Laine, A. Revonsuo, & O. Aaltonen (Eds.), Mieli ja aivot: Kognitiivisen neurotieteen oppikirja [Mind and Brain: Cognitive Neuroscience] (pp. 435-442). University of Turku: Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Renvall, K. (2005). Konnektionistinen malli nimeamiskuntoutuksen lahtokohtana [A connectionist model as a starting point for anomia treatment]. In A-M. Korpijaakko-Huuhka, S. Pekkala, & H. Heimo (Eds.), Kielen ja kognition suhde [The relation between language and cognition]. Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistys ry:n julkaisuja [Publications of the Finnish Assocation of Speech and Language Research] (pp. 55-65). Helsinki: Yliopistopaino [Helsinki University Press].
  • Laakso, M., Pelkonen, O., & Renvall, K. (2003). Oman puheen korjaukset afasiasta kuntoutumisen mittarina [Self-repairs in conversation as a measure for recovery from aphasia]. In M. Lehtihalmes (Ed.), Kuntoutuksen vaikuttavuus [Efficiency of treatment], Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistys ry:n julkaisuja [Publications of the Finnish Association of Speech and Language Research] (pp. 22-24). Helsinki: Yliopistopaino [Helsinki University Press].

Periodicals

  • Renvall, K., Nickels, L., & Davidson, B. (2013). Functionally relevant items in the treatment of aphasia (part I): Challenges for current practice. Aphasiology, 27, 636-650.
  • Renvall, K., Nickels, L., & Davidson, B. (2013). Functionally relevant items in the treatment of aphasia (part II): Further perspectives and specific tools. Aphasiology, 27, 651-677.
  • Renvall, K. (2007). Kontekstipriming anomian kuntoutusmenetelmana: nelja tapaustutkimusta [Contextual priming in the treatment of anomia: Four case studies] Puhe ja Kieli [Speech and Language], 27(2), 65-79.
  • Renvall, K., Laine, M., & Martin, N. (2007). Treatment of anomia with contextual priming: Exploration of a modified procedure with additional semantic and phonological tasks. Aphasiology, 21(5), 499-527.
  • Martin, N., Fink, R., Renvall, K., & Laine, M. (2006). Effectiveness of contextual repetition priming treatments for anomia depends on intact access to semantics. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12, 853-866.
  • Renvall, K., Laine, M., & Martin, N (2005). Contextual priming in semantic anomia: A case study. Brain and Language, 95, 327-341.
  • Cornelissen, K., Laine, M., Renvall, K., Saarinen, T., Martin, N., & Salmelin, R. (2004). Learning new names for new objects: Cortical effects as measured by magnetoencephalography. Brain and Language, 89, 617-622.
  • Renvall, K., Laine, M., Hiltunen, J., Rinne, J. O., Kaasinen, V., Sipila, H., Cornelissen, K., & Martin, N. (2003). Naming multiple objects: Neural correlates as measured by positron emission tomography. Applied Neuropsychology, 10, 224-233.
  • Renvall, K., Laine, M., Laakso, M., & Martin, N. (2003). Anomia treatment with contextual priming: A case study. Aphasiology, 17, 305-328.

Published Abstracts

  • Renvall, K., Burianová, H., & Nickels, L. (2016). Brain correlates of adjective and noun production in healthy speakers and two people with aphasia [Abstract]. Frontiers in Psychology Conference Abstract: 54th Annual Academy of Aphasia Meeting. doi:10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2016.68.00025
  • Romanova, A., Nickels, L.A., Renvall, K., & Howard, D. (2013). Proper and common name learning: Same or different? [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 18(Suppl 1), 64.
  • Renvall, K. & Nickels, L. (2012). Assessment and treatment of adjectives with emotional connotations: A single case study [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 17(Suppl. 2), 54-57.
  • Renvall, K., Laine, M., Laakso, M., & Martin, N. (2002). Contextual priming technique in the treatment of chronic anomia [Abstract]. Brain and Language, 83, 32-34.
  • Renvall, K. (2000). Priming approach for the rehabilitation of anomia and agrammatism: Outline for a project [Abstract]. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 13, 315-317.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Renvall, K., Burianová, H., & Nickels, L. (2016, October). Brain correlates of adjective and noun production in healthy speakers and two people with aphasia. Poster session presented at the 54th Annual Academy of Aphasia Meeting, Llandudno, UK.
  • Biedermann, B., Renvall, K., & Nickels, L. (2014, July). The assessment and remediation of spoken language impairments after stroke. Invited paper presented at the Workshop on Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
  • Biedermann, B., Renvall, K., & Nickels, L. (2014, July). Enhancing theoretically motivated language assessment in aphasia. Invited colloquium at the Beijing Haidian Special Education School Workshop, Beijing, China.
  • Renvall, K. (2013, November). Assessment and treatment of aphasia. Colloquium at the Finnish Psychology Network Lecture Series (Clinical Psychology), University of Turku, Finland.
  • Renvall, K. (2013, November). Functional items and topics of conversation in aphasia therapy: Should and could we treat adjectives? Colloquium at the Speech Pathology Research in Finland Seminar, University of Turku, Finland.
  • Romanova, A., Nickels, L., Renvall, K., & Howard, D. (2013, September). Proper and common name learning: Same or different? Paper presented at the 14th Science of Aphasia Conference, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.
  • Romanova, A., Nickels, L., Renvall, K., & Howard, D. (2013, September). Proper and common noun processing and learning. Colloquium at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK.
  • Renvall, K., Nickels, L., & Davidson, B. (2013, August). Do we treat functionally relevant items in aphasia therapy? Current challenges and new tools. Presentation given at the 29th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Turin, Italy.
  • Romanova, A., Nickels, L., & Renvall, K. (2013, February). Proper versus common noun learning and representation. Paper presented at the IDEALAB (International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain) Winter School, Trento, Italy.
  • Renvall, K. & Nickels, L. (2012, October). Assessment and treatment of adjectives with emotional connotations: A single case study. Paper presented at the International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Melbourne.
  • Renvall, K. & Nickels, L. (2012, September). Assessment and treatment of adjectives with emotional connotations: A single case study. Paper presented at the 13th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Renvall, K. (2012, August). How to identify functionally relevant therapy items? Strategies and concrete tools for anomia treatment. Presentation given at the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation Meeting, Sydney.
  • Renvall, K. (2012, August). Assessment and treatment of adjectives with emotional connotations: Development of new measures and investigating treatment effects. Presentation given at the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation Meeting, Sydney.
  • Renvall, K. (2012, August). “Boring” or “interesting”: How do we process adjectives after brain damage. Presentation given at the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation Meeting, Sydney.
  • Renvall, K., & Nickels, L. (2012, June). Extending aphasia treatment into adjectives with emotional connotations: A single case study. Paper presented at the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) National Conference, Hobart.
  • Renvall, K. (2012, May). Executive functions: What are they? Why should we care? What are the commonly used tasks/tests to assess these functions? Presentation given at the CCD CogNeuro Lab Meeting Series, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Renvall, K., & Nickels, L. (2012, January). Assessment and treatment of adjectives with emotional connotations: A single case study. Poster session presented at the 30th European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy.
  • Renvall, K. (2011, October). How to assess and treat word-finding difficulties (anomia)? Presentation given at the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation Postdoc Meeting, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Renvall, K. & Nickels, L. (2011, August). ’Good’ and ’not good’: How to measure and treat adjectives with emotional connotations? Presentation given at the Perspectives on Language Disorders Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Renvall, K., Nickels, L., & Davidson, B. (2011, June). How to choose the most “relevant” and “functional” vocabulary for word retrieval treatment? Paper presented at the 3rd Nordic Aphasia Conference , Helsinki, Finland.
  • Renvall, K., Martin, N., & Laine, M. (2010, September). Repetition in different linguistic contexts as a treatment method for anomia. Paper presented at the Aphasiology Symposium of Australia, Sydney.
  • Hiltunen, J., Laine, M., Renvall, K., Rinne, J.O., Kaasinen, V., Sipila, H., & Martin, N. (2001, June). Complex naming activates the human ventral visual pathway: A PET activation study. Poster session presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference, Brighton, Great Britain.

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