People

   Karen Gallagher, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University (curriculum vitae)

Karen Gallagher is a licensed Speech-Language pathologist and a clinical associate professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Speech and Hearing Science in 2017. She was awarded a 2017 Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences Fellowship. In 2016, she was named a Pat Tillman Scholar and a recipient of the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Fellowship.  Additionally, she was awarded an American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation Graduate Scholarship in 2016. Karen Gallagher is a decorated Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran, who served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Chemical Operations Specialist. After her service, she earned a Bachelor’s degree followed by a Master’s degree and worked as a speech-language pathologist in prestigious institutions, including the Barrow Neurological Institute. She has had extensive clinical experience working with individuals with a variety of cognitive-communication disorders related to brain injury. Dr. Gallagher is an affiliate with the Office for Military and Veteran Academic Engagement at Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine, and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. Dr. Gallagher has been featured in several articles and has given presentations regarding military veteran students and the VCAS research project (click here for media links). 

Tamiko Azuma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Science,
College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University (Curriculum Vitae)

Tamiko Azuma conducts research in memory and language processing in healthy adults and adults with cognitive impairments.  Dr. Azuma earned a PhD in psychology (with an emphasis in cognitive psychology) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders at the University of Arizona. Her research projects have focused on cognitive processing in adults with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and traumatic brain injuries. She has several publications and national presentations on the effect of brain disorders on memory and language processing.  Dr. Azuma’s personal connection with veteran research comes from her father, Colonel Robert T. Azuma, a highly decorated Air Force officer and Vietnam veteran, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees while serving in the military.

 Capt. Steve Borden

Director, Pat Tillman Veterans Center
Arizona State University

Capt. Steve Borden served for 29 years in the U.S. Navy, where he primarily served as a helicopter pilot. He also had the opportunity to be assigned as Naval Attache to the U.S. embassies in Quito, Ecuador and Santiago, Chile. His final assignment was as the founding command officer of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at ASU.  Capt. Borden is currently the Director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University, which provides academic and transition services to military veterans who are enrolled at Arizona State University.

 Kelly Ingram, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Science,
College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Kelly Ingram is a Clinical Associate Professor, a licensed Speech-Language pathologist, and the current Director of the Speech-Language Clinic in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science in College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. As Director of the Speech-Language Clinic, Ms. Ingram is responsible for overseeing clinical services, supervising therapy and assessment, and training graduate students enrolled in the Communication Disorders program at ASU.

Student Researchers

  McKayla Tully (Barrett Honors Student)

 Rachel Ladzinski (Advanced Research Experience Seminar Scholar)

 Staley Lane (Advanced Research Experience Seminar Scholar)

  Arturo Martinez (Veteran Research Assistant)

  Katie Tully (Graduate Researcher)

   Dimple Patel, BSN, RN (Doctoral Research Assistant – Project HoneyBee)