Aneta Kielar

Assistant Professor, Speech/Language and Hearing

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Dr. Kielar joined Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona in August 2016. She received Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Toronto with major in Psychology and Biological Sciences. After that she pursued her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, where she completed Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology with focus on the role of working memory on sentence comprehension. Dr. Kielar received her Ph.D. in Cognition and Perception in 2008. Her dissertation concentrated on how individuals process complex words in English, focusing on inflectional and derivational morphology.  After completion of her doctorate Dr. Kielar worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences, and at the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory at Northwestern University, where she investigated neural correlates of language processing and recovery of functions in patients with stroke-induced and primary progressive aphasia. Currently, Dr. Kielar’s research examines cognitive and neural factors which affect language functions, and how these change across life-span and are influenced by stroke, brain injury and neurological disorders. Her work combines cognitive measures and multimodal neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG/ERPs, and MEG). In addition, she applies methods such functional connectivity, DTI, tractography, voxel based morphometry, and lesion symptom mapping to investigate relationship between structure and function in patients with stroke aphasia and PPA. Dr. Kielar has a strong interest in neuroplasticity related to speech and language disorders and cognitive processing disorders. She is interested in recovery of function, and treatment approaches involving speech-language therapy in combination with noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, such as TMS and tDCS.

Offering Research Opportunities?


Prerequisite Courses


Majors Considered


Types of Opportunities

Description of Opportunity

No description given

Start Date

January 2024

Primary Department

Affiliated Departments

Research Location