Sharon Antonucci, PhD

Director, MossRehab Aphasia Center
Sharon Antonucci, PhD

Dr. Antonucci is a clinical researcher and speech-language pathologist who specializes in aphasia and aphasia rehabilitation.  She earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and her doctorate at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Antonucci’s research focuses on semantically-guided lexical retrieval, the neural substrates of language processing in adults, and developing treatments for lexical retrieval deficits for individuals with aphasia. The work in her laboratory combines MRI brain imaging with behavioral language assessment and treatment. Current projects include examining how damage to specific regions of the brain can affect word retrieval, as well as how understanding of these brain-behavior relationships can better inform the development of treatments for word retrieval impairments.

Dr. Antonucci has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of academic journals and as an associate editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She is a member of the Academy of Aphasia, American Speech-Language andHearing Association (ASHA), ASHA SID 2: Neurophysiological and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, the International Neuropsychological Society, and is an associate member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Antonucci is also pleased to be a member of the National Aphasia Association Advisory Council.

Dr. Antonucci’s work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, is published in peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at regional, national and international conferences.

Research Interests
  • Relationships between lexical retrieval and semantic processing, and the neuroanatomical substrates thereof
  • Lexical retrieval impairments in those with stroke aphasia
  • Treatment for language impairments associated with stroke aphasia
  • Animal-Assisted Interventions for people with aphasia
Selected Publications

Antonucci, S. M. (2022).  Animal-Assisted Intervention in Speech-Language Pathology: Practical, Clinical, and Theoretical Considerations.  Seminars in Speech and Language, 43(1), 1-7.


Antonucci, S.M. &MacWilliam, C. (2015). Verbal description of concrete objects: A method for assessing semantic circumlocution in persons with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, S828-S837.  PMID: 26381474


Antonucci, S.M. (2014). What matters in semantic feature processing for persons with stroke aphasia: Evidence from an auditory concept-feature verification task. Aphasiology,28(7), 823-839.


Falconer, C. & Antonucci, S.M. (2012). Use of semantic feature analysis ingroup discourse treatment for aphasia: Extension and expansion. Aphasiology, 6(1), 64-82.


Antonucci, S.M. & Alt, M. (2011). A lifespan perspective on semantic processing of concrete objects: does a sensory/motor model have the potential to bridge the gap? Cognitive, Affective,and Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 551–572. PMID: 21842446


Antonucci, S.M. (2009). The use of semantic feature analysis in group aphasia treatment. Aphasiology, 23(7/8),854-866.


Antonucci, S.M. & Reilly, J. (2008). Semantic Memory and Language – A Primer. Seminars in Speech and LanguageSpecial Issue: Semantic memory and language processing in aphasia and dementia,29(1), 5-17.  PMID:  18348088

Antonucci, S.M., Beeson, P.M., Labiner, D.M., & Rapcsak, S.Z. (2008).Lexical retrieval and semantic knowledge in patients with left inferior-temporal lobe lesions. Aphasiology, 22(3),281-304.  PMID:  19756227