Jamie Mayer, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Speech-Language Pathology
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 338
Office Phone: 815-753-1484
Office Fax: 815-753-9123
Email: jmayer1@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • COMD 330: Neuroscience of Communication and Associated Behaviors
  • COMD 674: Cognitive-Communicative Disorders in Adults with Neurological Impairments
  • COMD 680: Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • COMD 688: Treatment of Cognitive-Communicative Disorders Associated with Brain Injury


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • M.A., Indiana University, Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • B.A., Indiana University, Speech and Hearing Sciences 


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology


  • License to practice Speech-Language Pathology in Illinois

Research Interests

  • Interactions between cognitive and linguistic processes in the generation and treatment of adult neurogenic language disorders.
  • Aphasia assessment and treatment.
  • Gerontology
  • Enhancing communication and quality of life for individuals with dementia.

Research Projects

  • Attention Process Training after stroke.
  • Treatment of reading skills in stroke survivors.
  • The efficacy creative arts for maximizing communication, affect and quality of life for individuals with dementia.
  • The use of music to augment communication, cognition and quality of life in acquired neurogenic communication disorders.

Community Programs

Please email jmayer1@niu.edu or call 815-753-1484 for more information about these programs. 

  • Stroke Support Group – Our stroke support group, for stroke survivors and/or caregivers, meets at the NIU Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic on the first Thursday of each month, from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Bridges Choir - The Bridges choir is specifically designed for individuals with acquired cognitive or communicative difficulties associated with stroke, brain injury, or progressive illness (e.g., dementia); although any individual wishing to participate is welcome to join. Rehearsals are held every Monday at Oak Crest; each semester culminates in a small choir performance at Oak Crest or within the DeKalb area.
  • Music and Memory - The NIU Music and Memory Student Association, launched in fall 2017, is working on bringing the Music and Memory program (personalized music for individuals with dementia) to DeKalb area long-term care facilities. The program has been piloted at Pine Acres Nursing Center and has received glowing reviews from patients, staff, and student volunteers. 

Selected Publications

  • Jeppson, T. A., Nudo, C. A., & Mayer, J. F. (2022). Painting for a purpose: A visual arts program as a method to promote engagement, communication, cognition, and quality of life for individuals with dementia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-15.
  • Mayer, J. F., Mitchinson, S. I., and Murray, L. L. (2016). Addressing concomitant executive dysfunction and aphasia: Previous approaches and the new Brain Budget protocol. Aphasiology, 31(7), 837-860.
  • Murray, L. L., and Mayer, J. F. (2016). Extralinguistic cognitive considerations in aphasia management. In: I. Papathanasiou and P. Coppens (Eds.), Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Mayer, J. F., and Murray, L. L. (2012). Measuring working memory deficits in aphasia. Journal of Communication Disorders, 45, 325-339
  • Mayer, J. F., Bishop, L. A., and Murray, L. L. (2012). The feasibility of a structured cognitive training protocol to address progressive cognitive decline in individuals with vascular dementia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21, 167-179
  • Mayer, J. F., and Murray, L. L. (2003). Functional measures of naming in aphasia: Word-retrieval in confrontation naming versus connected speech. Aphasiology, 17 (5), 481-498
  • Mayer, J. F., and Murray, L. L. (2002). Treatment of alexia in chronic aphasia. Aphasiology, 16 (7), 727-743

Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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