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Miss Fern Rodgers
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
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  • Research Assistant
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary
I am currently working as a research assistant under the supervision of Professor Rosemary Varley at UCL, division of Psychology and Language Sciences (PaLS).
Our project "Reconstructing Sentence Processing in Aphasia" is funded by the Stroke Association and is implementing a novel digital therapy informed by Construction Grammar framework which is designed to target sentence comprehension and production difficulties in post-stroke aphasia. We are combining this behavioural intervention with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to determine whether stimulation boosts the effects of therapy.
My role involves participant recruitment, screening, administering protocol, entering, managing and analysing data, reviewing literature and assisting the overseeing of student dissertations related to our project. For more information on our research, visit www.cognitionandgrammar.net.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, active research on the UTILISE project has been paused. I authored a letter to the editor of the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation as a commentary on the potential impact of lockdown measures on physical activity and stroke. This was published in September 2020 - citation below.
Rodgers, F., Varley, R., Khatoonabadi, A., & Amir-Homayoun, J. (2020). Physical inactivity during lockdown and the implications for incidence of stroke, severity, mortality, reoccurrence and rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation.

As an MSc graduate specialising in cognitive neuropsychology, I have a passion for the ways in which psychological theories and research can be applied to clinical situations, with particular application to stroke, brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders. My masters research involved working with post-stroke people with aphasia, using electrical brain stimulation and syntactic attention training to explore the effects of combined neural modulation and behavioural therapy on sentence comprehension. For more information on this research, and other fascinating projects run by my former academic supervisor and colleague Dr. Javadi, please visit www.javadilab.com.
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