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Contact Info

Office Location: 
247 HEDCO Education Building 5284 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-5284
Phone: 
(541) 346-2586
Faculty
HEDCO Professor, CDS Program Director
Education: 
B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, 1982
M.S., Speech-Language & Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, 1984
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Washington, 1990

 

     McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, CCC-SLP has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Oregon since 1994. She is the proud director of the Communication Disorders and Sciences program. Professor Sohlberg is known internationally for her pioneering work in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to address deficits in attention, memory and executive functions following acquired brain injury. She is particularly interested in the development of treatments that mitigate cognitive effects for individuals with brain injury in the post acute phase, including individuals with persistent cognitive effects following concussive injuries and individuals who are attempting to pursue postsecondary education following brain trauma. Dr. Sohlberg has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as coauthored three leading textbooks in the field of cognitive rehabilitation. She has been supported by a number of federal grants that focus on the development and evaluation of assistive technology for cognition and the evaluation of attention training. Professor Sohlberg teaches graduate courses related to cognitive rehabilitation and evidence-based practice and supervises in the CDS PhD program. She also co-directs the Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic (BrICC) in the College of Education HEDCO clinic.

     Professor Sohlberg is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds the HEDCO Endowed Professorship and has received a number of honors for her teaching and research. Professor Sohlberg serves on several committees charged with the development of evidence-based practice guidelines for the treatment of traumatic brain injury within the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense.

     When not focusing on her administrative, teaching and research commitments, she can be found spending time with her family or exploring the running, hiking and cycling trails in the great Northwest.

 

 

Publications: 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

            Sohlberg, M.M. & Turkstra, L. (2011) Optimizing Cognitive Rehabilitation: Effective Instructional Methods. New York, The Guilford Press

            Sohlberg, M.M., & Mateer, C. (2001) Cognitive Rehabilitation:  An Integrated Neuropsychological Approach.  New York: Guilford Publication.

            Sohlberg, M.M., & Mateer, C.  (1989). Introduction to Cognitive Rehabilitation:  Theory and Practice.  New York:  Guilford Press.

Select Articles

        Sohlberg, M.M., & Ledbetter, A. (2016). Management of persistent cognitive symptoms after sports related concussion. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 25(2), 138-149.

       Krasny-Pacini, A., Evans, J., Sohlberg, M.M. & Chevignard, M. (2016). Proposed criteria for appraising goal attainment scales used as outcome measures in rehabilitation research. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 97, 157-70.

      Griffiths,G.G., Sohlberg, M.M., Biancarosa, G.G., Fickas, S., & Kirk, C. (2016).  Evaluation of a reading comprehension strategy used to improve reading comprehension of adult college students with acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.26(2), 161-190

      Oneil-Pirozzi, T., Kennedy, M.T. & Sohlberg, M.M. (2015). Evidence-based practice for the use of internal memory strategies: A systematic review Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000181

      Treble-Barna, A., Sohlberg, M.M., Harn, B., & Wade, S. (2015) Cognitive intervention for attention and executive function impairments in children with traumatic brain injury: A pilot study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000200

     Sohlberg, M.M., & Kucheria, P. (2015). Developing brain injury interventions on both ends of the treatment continuum depends upon early research partnerships and feasibility studies. American Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, DOI: 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-15-0150

       Sohlberg, M.M., Griffiths, G., & Fickas, S. (2015). An exploratory study of reading comprehension in college students after acquired brain injury. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 24(3), 358-373.

         Cho, Y.S.*, & Sohlberg, M.M. (2015). Training adults with brain injury to help-seek when lost: A pilot study. Brain Impairment. On-line FirstView: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/BrImp.2015.4Oneil-Pirozzi, T., Kennedy, M.T. & Sohlberg, M.M. Evidence-based practice for the use of internal memory strategies: A systematic review (in press). Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation accepted May 2015.

       Sohlberg, MM, Harn, B., MacPherson, H., & Wade, SL (2014). A pilot study evaluating attention and strategy training following pediatric traumatic brain injury. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2(3), 263      

     Sullivan, M.P., Griffiths, G., Sohlberg, M.M. (2014) Comprehension of Expository Text in Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology. 21(4), 413-428

      Sohlberg, M. M., Griffiths, G. G., & Fickas, S. (2014). An evaluation of reading comprehension of expository text in adults With traumatic brain injury. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23(2), 160-175.

     Sullivan, M.P., Griffiths, G., Sohlberg, M.M. (2014) The effect of post-traumatic stress on study time in a task measuring four component processes underlying reading comprehension. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research. 57(5), 1731-1739

     Lee, J., Sohlberg, M.M. (2013) Pilot Evaluation of Attention Training and Metacognitive Facilitation  to Improve Reading Comprehension in Aphasia. Accepted in American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 22(2).

      Lee, J. Harn, B., Sohlberg, M.M. & Wade, S. (2012) An Overview of the Attention Improvement Management Program with Three Pilot Participants Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders October 2012 22:90-105; doi: 10.1044/nnsld22.3.90

     Powell, LE,  Glang, A., Ettel, D., Todis, B., Sohlberg, M., & Albin, R. (2012). Systematic instruction for individuals with traumatic brain injury: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation [on-line version 20 Jan 2012]

     Ness, B., Sohlberg, M.M. (in press). Self-regulated assignment attack strategy: Evaluating the effects of  a classroom-level intervention on student management of curricular activities in a resource context. Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal.

     Sohlberg, M.M., Todis, B., Fickas, S., Ehlhardt, L., Prideau, J. (2011) Analysis of email produced by middle school students with disabilities using accessible interfaces. Topics in Language Disorders 31(4) 352-372.

     Lemoncello, R., Sohlberg, M. M., Fickas, S., & Prideaux, J. (2011). A randomized controlled crossover trial evaluating television assisted prompting (TAP) for adults with acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21, 825-846. 

     Lemoncello, R., Sohlberg, M.M., Fickas, S., Albin, R., & Harn, B.E. (2011). Phase 1 Evaluation of the Television Assisted Prompting (TAP) system to increase completion of home exercises among brain injury survivors. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6, 440-452

     Lemoncello, R., Sohlberg, M.M., Fickas, S., Prideaux, J. (2010) How best to orient travelers with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury. 24,(3), 541-549

     Lemoncello, R., Sohlberg, M.M., Fickas, S., Prideaux, J. (2010) When direction fail: Investigation of getting lost behavior with adults with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury. 24,(3), 550-559

     Ness, B., & Sohlberg M.M. , Albin, R. (2010) Evaluation of a second tier classroom-based assignment completion strategy in a middle school resource room context. Remedial and Special Education 32(5), 406-416.

      Sohlberg, M.M. & Kennedy M.A. (2009) Evidence-based practice guidelines: Reminders and updates for clinicians who treat cognitive-communicative disorders after brain injury. Brain Impairment , 6(2), 10-12.

     Raskin, S. & Sohlberg, M.M. (2009). Prospective memory intervention: A review and evaluation of a restorative intervention. Brain Impairment,10(1), 76-86

     Fox, L., Sohlberg, M.M., Fickas, S., Prideaux, J. & Lemoncello, R. (2009) Public computing options for individuals with cognitive impairments: survey outcomes. Disability and Rehabilitation:Assistive Technology, 5(4), 311-320.

     Sohlberg, M.M., Fickas, S., Lemoncello, R., Hung, PF. (2009) Validation of the activities of community transportation (ACTs) model of community navigation for individuals with cognitive impairments. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31(11), 887-897

     Ehlhardt, L., Sohlberg, M.M., Kennedy, M., Coelho, C., Ylvisaker, M., Turkstra, L., Yorkston, K. (2008). Evidence based practice guidelines for instructing individuals with acquired memory impairments: What have we learned in the past 20 years? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation,18(3), 300-342.

     Kennedy, M., Coelho, C., Turkstra, L., Ylvisaker, M., Sohlberg, M.M., Yorkston, K., Chou, H., & Kan PF (2008). Intervention for executive functions after traumatic brain injury: A systematic review, meta-analysis and clinical recommendations.  Neuropsychological Rehabilitation,18(3), 257-299

Select Presentations

          Sohlberg, M.M., (September, 2016). Goal attainment scaling using motivational interviewing for measuring cognitive-communicative treatment outcomes. Keynote at ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference Macau, China

            Sohlberg, M.M. (September 2016). Implementation factors that enhance training of procedural tasks. Workshop presented at ASSBI Annual Brain Impairment Conference Macau, China.

            Sohlberg, M.M. & Walker, R. (October 2016) Cultivating therapeutic alliance in within medical speech pathology contexts. Invited paper at the Oregon Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention. Salem, OR.

            Sohlberg, M.M. (October, 2016) Treatment of post-concussive symptoms. Invited presentation at the University of Oregon Return to Learn Concussion Conference , Portland, OR.

            Sohlberg, M.M. & MacLennan, D. (November, 2016). Beyond Cognitive Rest: Treating Patients with Persistent Cognitive and Somatic Symptoms Following Concussion. Presentation at American Speech Language Hearing Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA.

            Sohlberg, M.M., Cicerone, K., Dawson, D. (November 2016) Let’s think: Conceptualizing cognitive rehabilitation. Special Symposium American Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. Chicago, IL.

      Sohlberg, M.M., MacLennan, D. (Nov. 2015). eGAS: Goal attainment scaling using motivational interviewing for measuring cognitive-communicative treatment outcomes. Paper presented at the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Denver, CO.

            Sohlberg, M.M. (Nov.2015). Best practices for treatment of mild traumatic brain injury. Invited paper presented at the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences. Denver, CO.

     Sohlberg, M.M. & MacLennan, D. (September 2015) Goal attainment scaling integrated with motivational interviewing: Responding to the need for patient-centered outcome measures. Invited paper presented as part of Rusk Rehabilitation Teaching Rounds New York University Medical Center.     

    Sohlberg, M.M. (2015). Management of persistent effects following concussion. Seminar presented at the annual Oregon Speech Pathology Academy Meeting. Beaverton, OR.    

    Sohlberg, MM (Oct 2013) Optimizing cognitive rehabilitation when therapy visits are restricted. Keynote Speaker at NBIC Conference Nottingham, England  

    Sohlberg, MM, Turkstra, L, Wild, MR (Nov. 2013) Mobile devices and apps as cognitive compensation: selection, training and evaluation. Seminar presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL

    Meyer, J., Sohlberg, MM, Cho, SY & Ledbetter, A. (Nov. 2013) Building our practice evidence: setting up databases for our neurogenic clinics. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL

      Cho, SY & Sohlberg, MM. (Nov. 2013) Training adults with brain injury how to help seek when lost. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL

     Sohlberg, MM (Oct 2013) Optimizing cognitive rehabilitation when therapy visits are restricted. Keynote Speaker at NBIC Conference Nottingham, England

     Sohlberg, MM (Oct 2013) Delivery and Evaluation of Direct Attention Training for People with Acquired Cognitive Impairments Keynote speaker Contemporary Forums Issues in Brain Injury Washington DC.

     Sohlberg, MM (Oct 2013) Strategy training to improve reading comprehension following brain injury Contemporary Forums Issues in Brain Injury Washington DC.

     Sohlberg, MM (Oct 2013) Systematic instruction and goal attainment scaling Contemporary Forums Issues in Brain Injury Washington DC.

     Wade, SW & Sohlberg MM (October 2013) The Implementation of Cognitive Supports using Direct Attention Training Integrated with Metacognitive Strategy Instruction. ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation for Children Symposium, Orlando, FL.

     Sohlberg, MM (May 2013). Managing attention, memory and executive functions. Paper presented at Montana Neuroscience Institute Conference, Missoula, MT.

     Sohlberg, MM (April, 2013) Mild traumatic brain Injury toolbox Paper presented at American Veteran Administration SLP Conference, San Francisco, CA

CLINICAL MATERIALS

            Sohlberg, MM, Fickas, S., & Prideaux, J. (2010). CogLink; Accessible email for people with severe memory impairments. Life Technologies, LLC, www.coglink.com/

            Sohlberg, M.M. & Mateer, C.A. (2010) Attention Process Training-3; Wolfeboro NJ: Lash and Associates.

            Sohlberg, M.M. (2007). Deficits in self awareness following brain injury. Tip Card Set for Caregivers of People with Severe Memory Impairments Wolfeboro, NJ: Lash and Associates Publishing and Training.

            Sohlberg, M.M. (2007) Managing memory impairment following brain injury. Tip Card Set for Caregivers of People with Severe Memory Impairments Wolfeboro, NJ: Lash and Associates Publishing and Training.

           Sohlberg, M.M., Johnson, L., Paule, L., Raskin, S., & Mateer, C.  (2001).  Attention Process Training II.  An attention training program for persons with mild brain injury. Wolfeboro, NJ: Lash & Associates Publishing & Training. Program has been translated into Spanish, Swedish and German and is used widely in rehabilitation hospitals in the US, Canada and selected countries in Europe & the Americas.

            Sohlberg, M.M., Todis, B., Glang, A. (1999). Changes in self awareness among students with brain injury; Part of an educational booklet series Wolfeboro, NJ: Lash & Associates Publishing & Training. 

Research: 

McKay Moore Sohlberg, Ph.D. conducts extensive research, which is reflected in both textbook publications, articles, clinical materials and external support.  

Current Grant Support

                Sohlberg, MM, (PI) & Fickas, S. The Rule Project: Read, Understand, Learn and Excel. National Science Foundation Start date: November 2016

      This NSF project is funding the development of an automated, computerized assessment of reading comprehension and retention, including study skills, for students seeking post-secondary education or training who have acquired cognitive impairments or developmental learning issues. The proposal provides support to develop  an ecological assessment of reading comprehension and retention that includes evaluation of (a) immediate and delayed (24 hour) reading comprehension; (b) strategy use and study skills, and (c) test material appropriate for struggling readers in late high school and college.

                Sohlberg, MM, (PI) Fickas, S., McClean, D. eGAS, Integrating Goal Attainment Scaling and Motivational Interviewing into a Functional Outcome Measure for Use in the Treatment of Cognitive Communication Deficits. Clinical Resarch Grant: The ASHFoundation. November 2014-December 2015.       

       This project supported the development of an app that integrates prompting for conducting patient-centered clinical interviews with clients who have cognitive-communicative impairments following brain injury that allow them to develop goal attainment hierarchies to reliably and validly measure levels of progress related to their cognitive rehabilitation. The app provides training and sample scripts, stores goal hierarchies and progress, and calculates T-score as an outcome measure. It is currently being piloted by clinicians on Apple TestFlight.

Completed Grant Support 
               Fickas, S. & Sohlberg, M.M. (Co-PI) Delivery of Personalized Reading Strategies for People with Cognitive Impairments in Post-Secondary Settings. National Science Foundation: HCC Collaborative Research. July 2010-July 2015.

            Sohlberg, M.M. (PI) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Interventions for Children and Youth with Youth with TBI. US Department of Education NIDRR Oct 2009-Oct-2014.