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Dr Trudy Krajenbrink

BA Groningen, MA Groningen, PhD Macq/IDEALAB.

Trudy Krajenbrink

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.814
Phone : +61 2 9850 2962
email : trudy.krajenbrink@mq.edu.au

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Profile

I completed a Bachelor of Linguistics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2008. I continued with a Masters of Neurolinguistics at the University of Groningen. As part of this degree I completed a research internship in 2009 at the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science (MACCS), under supervision of Prof Lyndsey Nickels. This internship resulted in a research thesis on a case of acquired letter-by-letter reading. After finishing my Masters degree in 2010, I worked at a centre for assessment and treatment of learning disorders (primarily dyslexia) in the Netherlands. In 2011 I decided to come back to Macquarie University to commence a PhD under supervision of Prof Lyndsey Nickels and Dr Saskia Kohnen. My PhD investigated acquired spelling impairment after brain damage, through experimental case studies and treatment studies.

My PhD was also part of an Erasmus Mundus Joint PhD program called IDEALAB: International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain. Macquarie University partners in this program together with four European Universities: University of Potsdam, Germany; University of Groningen, the Netherlands; University of Trento, Italy; and Newcastle University, UK (http://em-idealab.com).

My research involves investigating patterns of acquired language impairment to better understand the structure of cognitive processes and representations that underlie spoken and written language production. Furthermore, I am interested in mechanisms and theories of recovery after acquired language impairment, and using treatment to test theories of language processing.

Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2016) "Treating spelling problems in primary progressive aphasia: Informing theory of impairment and supporting ongoing communication." Nickels, L., Croot, K., Kohnen, S., Krajenbrink, T., Taylor, C., & Savage, G. ($38,772)
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) (2014) Krajenbrink, T. ($5,000)
  • Macquarie University Cognitive Science Postgraduate Research Grant (CPG) (2011) "The nature of acquired dysgraphia: Patterns of impairment and rehabilitation". Krajenbrink, T. ($12,000)
  • Macquarie University International Research Excellence Scholarship (iMQRES, No. 2011045) (2011 - 2014) "The nature of acquired dysgraphia: Patterns of impairment and rehabilitation". Krajenbrink, T. ($80,010)

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Kohnen, S., Colenbrander, D., Krajenbrink, T., & Nickels, L. (2015). Assessment of lexical and non-lexical spelling in students in Grades 1-7. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 20(1), 15-38. doi:10.1080/19404158.2015.1023209
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2015). Generalisation after treatment of acquired spelling impairments: A review. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25(4), 503-554. doi:10.1080/09602011.2014.983135

Published Abstracts

  • Fieder, N., Krajenbrink, T., Foxe, D., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., & Nickels, L. (2016). Less is more: Effects of semantic neighbourhood on naming in semantic dementia (svPPA) [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 21(Suppl. 1), 65-68. [Link]
  • Krajenbrink, T., Croot, K., Taylor, C., & Nickels, L. (2016). Exploring spoken and written word retrieval treatment in primary progressive aphasia [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 21(Suppl. 1), 74-76. [Link]
  • Krajenbrink, T., Croot, K., Taylor, C., & Nickels, L.A. (2016). Treatment of spoken and written word retrieval in primary progressive aphasia [Abstract]. Frontiers in Psychology Conference Abstract: 54th Annual Academy of Aphasia Meeting. doi:10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2016.68.00071

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. In A. Pomstra (Ed.), Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie (pp. 142-144). Groningen: University of Groningen Press.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, September). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Paper presented at the 15th Science of Aphasia Conference, Venice, Italy.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, September). Understanding mechanisms of improvement in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Paper presented at the Aphasiology Symposium of Australia, Perth.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, September). Treatment of acquired dysgraphia: The role of neighbours. Colloquium at the Speech and Language Sciences research group, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, August). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, July). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Poster session presented at the 13th International Workshop on Language Production, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, July). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Presentation given at the Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CeRiN), Rovereto, Italy.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, July). Orthographic neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Colloquium at the School of Health and Life Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, July). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Presentation given at the Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2014, July). Investigating the role of neighbours in treatment of acquired dysgraphia. Colloquium at the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • Krajenbrink, T. (2014, February). Investigating the mechanism of generalisation in treatment of graphemic buffer impairments: The role of neighbours. Colloquium at the IDEALAB Winter School, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Krajenbrink, T. (2014, February). Generalization in treatment of acquired written language impairment. Colloquium at the IDEALAB Winter School Three Minute Presentation Competition, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2013, November). Lexical influences on the graphemic output buffer. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Sydney.
  • Kohnen, S., Nickels, L., Barisic, K., Moore, K., Kezilas, Y., Krajenbrink, T., & Colenbrander, D. (2013, May). Generalisation of untrained irregular words in spelling. Paper presented at the International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia (IWORDD), San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Kohnen, S. (2013, February). Fragment errors in buffer impairment. Paper presented at the IDEALAB (International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain) Winter School, Trento, Italy.
  • Krajenbrink, T., Nickels, L., & Jonkers, R. (2011, September). Access to orthographic forms in letter-by-letter reading: Evidence for one underlying reading system. Poster session presented at the 12th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

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Email : ccd@mq.edu.au
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