Dr. Mary Kennedy

Dr. Mary Kennedy

Professor, Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Communications Sciences and Disorders
Expertise: Brain Injury; Cognitive Rehabilitation; Memory and Language; Metacognition;
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 290B
Phone: (714) 744-2132
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 and concussion
  • Cognitive rehabilitation and brain injury
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
  • ASHA Convention - 2014
  • Co-Chair TBI Group
  • IOM Committee - 2011 - Present
  • DOD/VA Writing Committee for mTBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Guide - soon to be released


  • Service Learning Faculty Fellowship Award, 2004 - 2005

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Kennedy, M.R.T. (2017). Coaching college students in executive functions: A Dynamic Approach. New York: Guilford Publishers.
O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., Kennedy, M.R.T., & Sohlberg, M.M. (2016). 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. 31(4):E1-E11.
Kennedy, M.R.T., Vacarro, M., & Hart T. (2015). Traumatic Brain Injury - What College Disability Specialists and Educators Should Know about Executive Functions. Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, with funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, grant#90DP0037.
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