Dr. Reem Alyahya

Communication & Swallowing Disorders Department
Rehabilitation Hospital

Current Position
Consultant Speech and Language Pathologist
General Details
Languages Spoken:
Arabic and English

Education & Board Certificates
• Post-doctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging and Brain Stimulation of Language and Communication. MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. • PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences and Communication Disorders. Division of neuroscience and experimental psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Biology and Health, University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom. • MSc in Neuroscience, Language and Communication. Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom. • BSc in Speech and Hearing Sciences. College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Expertise or Specialty
Specialty: Neurogenic communication disorders. Advanced sub-specialization in neuroimaging and brain stimulation. Expertise: • Clinical speech and language pathology: experienced in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of acquired neurogenic communication disorders (e.g., aphasia, motor-speech disorders, and cognitive-communication impairments), post-laryngectomy rehabilitation, and intra-operative speech and language mapping during awake craniotomy. • Research: skilled at developing and validating new assessmnet tools and outcome measures to create sensitive/clinically feasible assessments, and to develop linguistically/culturally appropriate assessment tools and therapy materials for speech, language and cognitive disorders. Skilled at using dafferent techniques including neuropsychological testing, anatomical MRI and lesion-symptom mapping, functional MRI, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to avdance our understanding on acquired language and cognitive disorders, the neurobiological mechanisms of recovery post brain damage, neural correlates of language processing, and aphasia rehabilitation.

Research & Publications
1. Stefaniak, J., Alyahya, R.S.W, Lambon Ralph, M (2021). Language networks in aphasia and health: A 1000 participant activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Neuroimage, 233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117960 2. Alyahya, R.S.W, Halai A., Conroy, P., Lambon Ralph, M (2020). A unified model of post-stroke language deficits including discourse production and their neural correlates. Brain, 143. 1541-1554. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awaa074 3. Alyahya, R.S.W., Halai A., Conroy, P., Lambon Ralph, M (2020). Mapping psycholinguistic features to neuropsychological and lesion profiles in aphasia. Cortex, 124. 260-273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2019.12.002 4. Alyahya, R.S.W., Halai A., Conroy, P., Lambon Ralph, M (2018). The relationship between the multidimensionality of aphasia and psycholinguistic features. Aphasiology, 32:sup1, 5-6. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2018.1486374 5. Alyahya, R.S.W., Halai A., Conroy, P., Lambon Ralph, M (2018). Noun and verb processing in aphasia: Behavioural profiles and neural correlates. Nueorimage: Clinical.18. 215-230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2018.01.023 6. Alyahya, R.S.W., Halai A., Conroy, P., Lambon Ralph, M (2018). Behavioral patterns and neural correlates of concrete and abstract verb processing in aphasia: A novel verb semantic battery. Neuorimage: Clinical. 17, 811-825. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2017.12.009 7. Alyahya R.S.W., Halai A, Conroy P and Lambon Ralph MA (2017). The behavioral status and neural bases of concrete and abstract verb processing in aphasia. Frontiers Human Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2017.223.00055 8. Alyahya, R.S.W., Halai A., Conroy, P., Lambon Ralph, M (2016). Verb comprehension in post-stroke aphasia. Stem-, Spraak-en Taalpathologie, 21 (S01), 24-26. 9. Alyahya, R.S.W., Druks, J. (2016). The adaptation of the Object and Action Naming Battery into Saudi Arabic. Aphasiology, 30(4), 463-482. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2015.1070947 10. Alyahya, R.S.W. (2013). Arabic speaking aphasics: Analysis of naming errors. Stem-, Spraak-en Taalpathologie. 18 (S01), 112-115.