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Donna Clark Tippett, M.A., M.P.H.

Donna Clark Tippett, M.A., M.P.H.

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Speech Language Pathologist

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Expertise: Speech and Language Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Swallowing Disorders

Research Interests: Nature and management of dysphagia in individuals with neurogenic etiologies and head and neck cancer; Mechanisms of recovery of cognitive deficits after acute stroke; Relationship between impairments in specific cognitive processes and areas of dysfunctional or damaged brain tissue ...read more

Locations

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Background

Donna Tippett, MPH, MA, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Departments of Neurology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.She received her undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology at Loyola College, Baltimore, Md., a master of arts in speech-language pathology at the University of Maryland, and a master of public health at Johns Hopkins University.She has worked in medical settings throughout her career, including acute inpatient, rehabilitation, and outpatient settings.Currently, she is a speech-language pathologist in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, evaluating and treating adults with communication and swallowing disorders due to neurologic diseases and head/neck cancer.She also serves as a consultant to the Johns Hopkins Swallowing Center, Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Clinic, and Johns Hopkins Ataxia Clinic. 

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Titles

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • M.A., University of Maryland (Baltimore County) (Maryland) (1984)
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (1993)

Additional Training

  • CCC-SLP, American Speech–Language–Hearing Association

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Ms. Tippett is the coordinator in the Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and REcovery (SCORE) lab in the Department of Neurology in which studies focus on mechanisms of recovery of cognitive deficits after acute stroke, and the relationship between impairments in specific cognitive processes and areas of dysfunctional or damaged brain tissue.  Her primary responsibility is the study “Rehabilitation and Prophylaxis of Anomia in Primary Progressive Aphasia.”  The goal of this project is to evaluate therapy for naming in improving or preventing deterioration of word-retrieval in primary progressive aphasia.

Clinical Trials

NIH/NIDCD R01 DC 5375 (PI: AE Hillis), “Neural Basis for Language Deficits in Acute Stroke & Recovery” 7/1/2002 – 6/30/17    The goals of this grant are to identify changes in the language network from the acute stage of stroke through the first year of recovery.   Role: Co-investigator

NIDCD R01 DC011317 (PI R Friedman) (AE Hillis: PI of sub), “Rehabilitation and Prophylaxis of Anomia in Primary Progressive Aphasia” 7/1/11-6/30/16.   The goal of this project is to evaluate therapy for naming in improving or preventing deterioration of word-retrieval in primary progressive aphasia.  Role: Co-investigator

NIDCD K23 DC011056 (PI: M Gonzalez Fernandez), “Neural Basis of Coexisting Swallowing & Communication Disorders after Stroke” 12/1/12-11/30/17.  The goal of this project is to identify the neural networks underlying swallowing, speech, and language, and their interactions.  Role: Consultant

JHU Internal Study (PI: H Quon), “A Phase II Study of Treatment De-Intensification in Favorable Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx.”  The goal of this project is to investigate tumor control and treatment toxicities in selective RT dose de-escalation.  Role: Co-investigator

NIDCD R01 14129060 (PI: Tsapkini) (PI: K Tsapkini), “Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on Spoken and Written Production in Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA).”  The goal of this project is to investigate the behavioral and neuromodulatory effects of tDCS during spelling and naming therapy in PPA participants over time.  Role: Co-investigator

Selected Publications

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Tippett D. Update in aphasia research. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, 2015; Aug;15(8):573. doi: 10.1007/s11910-015-0573-x.

Oishi K, Faria A, Hsu J, Tippett D, Mori S, and Hillis AE. The critical role of the uncinate in emotional empathy. Annals of Neurology, 2014; 77(1):68-74.

Starmer HM, Tippett D, Webster K, Quon H, Jones B, Hardy S and Gourin CG. Swallowing outcomes in patients with oropharyngeal cancer undergoing organ preservation treatment. Head and Neck, 2014; 36(10):1392-1397.

Tippett DC and Ross E. Chapter 25: Prosody and the aprosodias. The Handbook of Adult Language Disorders. Chapter in A.E. Hillis (ed.), Psychology Press, New York, 2015

Tippett DC and Hillis AE. Chapter 7: The cognitive processes underlying naming. The Handbook of Adult Language Disorders. Chapter in A.E. Hillis (ed.), Psychology Press, New York, 2015.

Tippett DC and Hillis AE. Chapter 73: Vascular aphasia syndromes. Neurobiology of Language. Chapter in G. Hickok and S. Small (eds.), Elsevier, San Diego, 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-407794-2.00073-0.

Tippett, DC, Niparko, JK and Hillis AE. Aphasia: Current concepts in theory and practice. Cerebrovascular Special Edition--Journal of Neurology and Translational Neuroscience, 2014; 2(1): 1042; http://www.jscimedcentral.com/ Neuroscience/neuroscience-spidcerebrovasculardisease-1042.

Hillis AE., Tippett DC. Stroke recovery: Surprising influences and residual consequences. Advances in Medicine, 2014; Article ID 378263, 10 pages. doi:10.1155/2014/378263.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

01/06 – present Adjunct faculty, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

06/09 – present Adjunct faculty, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies, Towson University, Baltimore, MD

08/13 – present Adjunct faculty, Center for Urban Education, Department of Languages and Communication Disorders, University of the District of Columbia

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • ASHA Meritorious Poster Submission, Graduate education in medical speech-language pathology: An inter-university collaboration, American Speech–Language–Hearing Association, 2013 - 2013
  • Service Award, Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2004 - 2004
  • William Hardy Award for Outstanding Speech-Language Pathologist in a Hospital Setting, Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1994 - 1994

Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1986

Professional Activities

  • Peer review editor for "Dysphagia", 1991
  • Peer review editor for "Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation", 2007
  • Peer reviewer for "American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology", 2013
  • Peer reviewer for "Stroke", 2013

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Update in speech and voice treatment in Parkinson disease
    Presentation , 11th Annual Voice Conference: Advanced Topics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Laryngeal Disorders Laryngeal Stroboscopy in Clinical Practice with Hands-On Instruction , Towson, Maryland (06/01/2015)
  • Impaired processing of positive and negative facial expressions in right hemisphere stroke
    Invited plenary speaker , University of the District of Columbia Speech-Language Pathology Faculty-Student Research Symposium (05/01/2015)
  • The meaning of semantic errors
    Presentation , Clinical Aphasiology Conference , Monterey, California (05/01/2015)
  • Assessing dissociations of object and action naming in acute stroke
    Presentation , Clinical Aphasiology Conference , Monterey, California (05/01/2015)
  • Decline in naming in patients with primary progressive aphasia is associated with the strength of functional correlation between homologous pre-frontal cortices in the initial MRI
    Poster Presentation , American Academy of Neurology 67th Annual Meeting , Washington, DC, (04/01/2015)
    American Academy of Neurology
  • Patterns of decline on language testing in primary progressive aphasia
    Poster Presentation , Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association , Orlando, Florida (11/01/2014)
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Patterns of decline on language testing in primary progressive aphasia
    Poster Presentation , Clinical Aphasiology Conference , St. Simon’s Island, Georgia (05/01/2014)
  • Impaired processing of positive and negative facial expressions in right hemisphere stroke.
    Poster Presentation , Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (04/01/2014)
    American Academy of Neurology
  • Collaboration between clinic and academia: An ideal way to for graduate students to learn
    Presentation , Annual Convention of the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association , Rockville, Maryland (04/01/2014)
    District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Current management of neurogenic speech and language disorders in adults
    Presentation , One-day Course , Columbus, Ohio (03/01/2014)
    Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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