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Laura Monetta,

Full Professor, Speech and language therapy program. Université Laval.

Researcher. CERVO Brain Research Centre (Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Québec).

Assessment and rehabilitation of adults with acquired language disorders

Dr. Laura Monetta develops and tests assessment and intervention methods for acquired language disorders that may occur following a stroke, or be associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's and other dementias. Pre Monetta's team is also particularly interested in language disorders in bilingual people.

Language and communication disorders can be among the first signs of neurodegenerative diseases. Research by Dr. Monetta and her colleagues at the CERVO Research Center recently led to the development of a simple language test, which can be administered in 5 minutes by a general practioner, and allow early detection of the first signs of neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Monetta's research has also led to advances in our understanding of the types of acquired language disorders that are associated with different regions of the brain. Her team has identified some areas of the brain that are important for understanding emotions or some more complex forms of language, such as metaphors.

Dr. Monetta also conducts science outreach and knowledge transfer projects, including free online training for volunteers working with people with aphasia.

I have three main areas of research :
1) The first line of my research focuses on the study of the language assesment and rehabilitation strategies in adults with acquired langage disorders. This research aims to develop new tests for the assesment of language deficits and to develop new rehabilitation intervention strategies for post-stroke aphasia and neurodegenerative diseases (Primary progressive aphasia and apraxia, Alzheimer type dementia , Mild cognitif impairment, Parkinson's disease).
2) My second area of research concerns the assessment and rehabilitation of pragmatic language disorders and social cognition in adults with various neurological acquired diseases.
3) Finally , my third line of research focuses on the study of the assesment and rehabilitation of acquired language disorders in bilinguas.

Axe 1:
*Monetta, L., Desmarais, C., McLeod, AN., St-Pierre, MC., Bourgeois-Marcotte, J., Perron, M., et tous les membres de l’axe 4 du REPAR (sous-presse) Outils franco-québécois pour l’évaluation des troubles du langage et de la parole.CJSLPA.
*Bourgeois-Marcotte,J., Wilson,M., Forest, M. & Monetta, L (2015) TEFREP: Épreuve de répétition de phrases en franco-québécois. Développement, validation et normalisation. Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement (Volumen 34, #3).
* Bourgeois-Marcotte,J., Flamand Roze, C., Denier, C &Monetta, L (2015) LAST-Q : adaptation et normalisation franco-québécoises du Language Screening Test. Revue neurologique. 171(5): 433-6.
* Macoir, J., Laforce, R., Monetta, L & Wilson, M. (2014) Les troubles du langage dans les principales formes de démence et dans les aphasies primaires progressives: mise à jour à la lumière des nouveaux critères diagnostiques. Gériatrie et psychologie neuropsychiatrie du vieillissement. 12 (20) 199-208

* Tremblay, C., Macoir, J., Langlois, M., Canton, L., Prudhomme, M., & Monetta L., (2015) The effects of subthalamic deep brain stimulation on metaphor comprehension and language abilities in Parkinson’s disease. Brain and Language, 141; 103-9.
* Tremblay, C., Monetta, L., Langlois, M.,. & Schneider, C (2015) Intermittent theta burst stimulation of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex to promote metaphor comprehension in Parkinson’s disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.00.
* Gaudreau, G., Monetta, L., Macoir, J., Poulin, S., Laforce, R. Jr & Hudon, C.,(2015) Mental State Inferences Abilities Contribution to Verbal Irony Comprehension in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment Behavioural Neurology. 2015: 685613
* Pell, M.D, Monetta, L., Rothermich, K., Kotz S.A, Cheang, H.S., and McDonald, S. (2014) Social perception in adults with Parkinson's Disease, Neuropsychology.28 (6) 905-16
* Tremblay, C., Macoir, J., Langlois, M., & Monetta L., (2014) The role of polysemy on metaphor comprehension processing: the example of Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 30 ; 1-13.
* Achim, AM., Boutin,A., Jackson, P., Guitton, M., Monetta, L., (2013) On what ground do we mentalize? Characteristics of current tasks and sources of information that can contribute to mentalizing judgments. Psychological Assessment. Psychological Assessment, Vol 25(1), Mar 2013, 117-126.
Axe 3:
* Sheppard, C, Kousaie, S., Monetta, L, and Taler, V (2016) Performance on the Boston Naming Test in bilinguals. JINS 22 (3) : 350-63.
* Kousaie, S., Sheppard, C., Lemieux, M., Monetta, L., & Taler, V., (2014) Executive function and bilingualism in young and older adults. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience

Aphasia. Neurodegenerative disease. Assessment and treatment of acquired language disorders.

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