Dr Sonia Brownsett

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 66001


Dr Brownsett is an early career researcher who worked as a Speech and Language therapist in the UK prior to commencing a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at Imperial College, London. Her doctoral research, supervised by Professor Richard Wise, provided seminal neuroimaging evidence for the role of domain-general neural systems in the recovery of post-stroke language difficulties (aphasia).

As a co-investigator on the UCL NIHR-funded Listen-In trial, she developed and tested a therapy application that utilised gamification technology in order to sustain user motivation and engagement in high-dose aphasia therapy. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow on the NHMRC CRE of Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation, working primarily to investigate how different neurobiological markers can be used to provide more reliable predictors of language recovery. In addition to having over 15 years clinical experience working with people with language difficulties, she has significant experience involving people with aphasia in the development of research studies and therapy trials.

Dr Brownsett’s specific research interests include:

· Neurobiological predictors of recovery of aphasia.

· How premorbid brain health impacts on recovery of language after a stroke.

· The upregulation, using both behavioural and neurostimulation techniques, of domain-general neural systems to augment language (re-) learning both in healthy older adults and people with aphasia.

· The reorganisation of language, and the neural systems underpinning language, following neurosurgery for brain tumours and epilepsy.

· The optimal dose of aphasia therapy.

· The organisation of verbal semantic systems within the brain.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London


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