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Dr. Mary Kennedy

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Communication 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

Constantinidou, F. & Kennedy, M.R.T (2021). Traumatic Brain Injury. In I. Papathanasiou, P. Coppens, & C. Potagas (Eds.), Aphasia and Related Disorders, 3rd Edition. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
Ramanathan, P., Liu, R., Chen, M., & Kennedy, M.R.T. (2021). Memory and executive functions subserving judgments of learning: Cognitive reorganization after traumatic brain injury, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2021.1929345
Pettemeridou, E., Kennedy, M.R.T., & Constantinidou, F. (2020). Executive functions, self-awareness and quality of life in chronic moderate-to-severe TBI. NeuroRehabilitation, 46, 109-118. DOI: 10.3233/NRE-192963.
Kennedy, M.R.T. (2020). Lessons learned from coaching postsecondary students with traumatic brain injury. Perspectives for the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 5, 88-96.