» Dr. Mary R. Kennedy

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Mary R. Kennedy
California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Fullerton, Master of Arts
University of Washington, Ph.D.


  • Adult language & cognitive disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cognitive rehabilitation and brain injury


  • Group intervention studies in the cognitive rehabilitation of individuals with traumatic brain injury: Challenges faced by researchers.: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M. R. T. & Turkstra, L., Neuropsychology Review, in press .
  • Evidence based practice for the use of external aids as a memory rehabilitation technique.: Kennedy, Mary, Sohlberg, M. M., Kennedy, M. R. T., Avery, J., Coelho, C., Turkstra, L., Ylvisaker, M., & Yorkston, K., Journal of Medical Speech Pathology,, 15(1) , 2007.
  • Self-regulation after traumatic brain injury: A framework for intervention of memory and problem solving.: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M. R. T. & Coelho, C., Seminars in Speech & Language, 26 242-255, 2005.
  • Instructional techniques in cognitive rehabilitation: A preliminary report.: Kennedy, Mary, Sohlberg, M. M. & Ehlardt, L., Seminars in Speech & Language, 26 268-279, 2005.
  • The self-monitoring approach for effective learning.: Kennedy, Mary, Dunlosky, J., Hertzog, C., Kennedy, M., & Thiede, K., Cognitive Techology, 10 4-11, 2005.
  • The effects of frontal injury on self-monitoring during verbal learning by adults with diffuse brain injury: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M. R. T. & Yorkston, K. M., Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 14(4) 449-465, 2004.
  • Predicting recall across verbal learning tasks after traumatic brain injury: A preliminary study: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M. R. T., American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(2) 142-154, 2004.
  • Predictions of recall and study strategy decisions after brain injury: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M.R.T., Carney, E. & Peters, S. M., Brain Injury, 17 1043-1064, 2003.
  • Delayed predictions of narrative recall after traumatic brain injury: Salience and Explicitness: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M.R.T. & Nawrocki, M., Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 46 98-112., 2003.
  • Evidence based practice for attention deficits after traumatic brain injury: A review of the literature: Kennedy, Mary, Sohlberg, M, Avery, J., Kennedy, M.R.T., Coelho, C., Ylvisaker, M. & Turkstra, L., Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 11, 3 xix-xxxix, 2003.
  • Retrospective confidence judgments made by adults with traumatic brain injury: Relative and absolute accuracy: Kennedy, Mary, Kennedy, M.R.T., Brain Injury, 15(6) 469-487, 2001.
  • Accuracy of metamemory after traumatic brain injury: Predictions during verbal learning: Kennedy, Mary, K.M. Yorkston, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 43 072-1086, 2000.
  • Topic scenes in conversations with adults with right-hemisphere brain damage: Kennedy, Mary, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 9(1) 72-86, 2000.
  • Treatment approaches in communication disorders: Kennedy, Mary, Yorkston, K.M. & Kennedy, M.R.T., Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co., Rehabilitation of the adult and child with traumatic brain injury, 284-296, 1999.

Research Activities

  • Executive functions and metacognition after brain injury: We investigate the intersection of these higher cortical process with memory & language
  • Evidence-based Practice: We conduct systematic reviews and critique the research on cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with brain injury, and create recommendations

Professional Activities

  • President-Elect: Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) , 2006 - 2008
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research , 2006- - present
  • Chair: Practice Guidelines Writing Committee on Cognitive-Communication After Traumatic Brain Injury (ANCDS) , 2001 - present
  • Director of Graduate Studies: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, UMN , 2005 - present
  • Associate member: The Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota , 1999
  • Member: Brain Injury Association of Minnesota , 1998 - present
  • Member: American Speech, Language, & Hearing Association , 1980 - present


  • Service Learning Faculty Fellowship Award, 2004 - 2005
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., Kennedy, M.R.T., & Sohlberg, M.M. (in press). Evidence-based practice for the use of internal strategies as a memory compensation technique after brain injury: A systematic review. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. .
Tate, R., Kennedy, M.R.T., Bayley, M., Bragge, P., Douglas, J., Kita, M., Ponsford, J., et al. (2014). INCOG Recommendations for Management of Cognition following Traumatic Brain Injury Part VI: Executive Function and Self-awareness, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(4), 338-352. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000068
Ramanathan, P., Marsolek, C.J., & Kennedy, M.R.T. (2014). Implicit memory influences on metamemory after traumatic brain injury: Can masked priming and antipriming affect judgments of learning? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1817-1830.
Krause, M.O, Nelson, P., & Kennedy, M.R.T. (2014). Processing speed, masking release, and listening effort in adults with traumatic brain injury, Brain Injury. DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2014.920520
Kennedy, M.R.T., Krause, M.O., & O’Brien, K. (2014). Psychometric Properties of the College Survey for Students with Brain Injury: Individuals with and without Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Injury. DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2014.920520
Kennedy, M.R.T. (2013). Evidence-based practice and cognitive rehabilitation therapy. In S. McDonald, L. Togher and C. Code (Eds.), pp. 282-306, Social and communication disorders following traumatic brain injury: Second edition. Psychology Press: New York.
Kennedy, M.R.T., O’Brien, K., & Krause, M.O. (2012). Bridging person-centered outcomes and therapeutic processes for college students with traumatic brain injury, Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 22,143-151.
Constantinidou, F. & Kennedy, M.R.T (2011). Traumatic Brain Injury. In I. Papathanasiou, P. Coppens, & C. Potagas (Eds.), pp. 365-396, Aphasia and Related Disorders. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
Kennedy, M.R.T. & Krause, M.O. (2011). Self-regulated learning in a dynamic coaching model for supporting college students with traumatic brain injury: Two case reports. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26, (3), 212–223.