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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.  

Clinical Trials

NIH/NIDCD P50 DC 014664 (PI; J Fridirksson), "Center for the Study of Aphasia Recover (C-STAR)" 04/01/16 - 03/31/21  The goals of this grant are to establish a new clinical center for chronic storke survivors with aphasia and to improve aphasia treatment effectiveness as well as identify patient factors that can be used to improve diagnosis of language impairment, guide aphasia treatment and predict prognosis.

NIDCD R01 DC011317 (PI R Friedman) (AE Hillis: PI of sub), “Rehabilitation and Prophylaxis of Anomia in Primary Progressive Aphasia” 7/1/11-8/30/22.   The goal of this project is to evaluate therapy for naming in improving or preventing deterioration of word-retrieval in primary progressive aphasia.  

NIH/NIDCD R01 DC 5375 (PI: AE Hillis), “Neural Basis for Language Deficits in Acute Stroke & Recovery” 7/1/2002 – 6/30/18    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.  

Selected Publications

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Tippett DC, Hillis AE. Where is aphasia theory and management "headed"? Invited submission, F100Research. 2017; 6(F1000 Faculty Rev):1038. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11122.1

Webster KT, Tippett DC, Simpson M, Abrams R, Teets K, Herbert RJ, Gourin CG. Speech-language pathology care and short and long-term outcomes of oropharyngeal cancer treatment in the elderly. Laryngoscope. 2017; Oct 23. doi: 10.1002/lary.26950

Tippett DC, Thompson CB, Demsky C, Sebastian R, Wright A, Hillis AE. Differentiating between subtypes of primary progressive aphasia and mild cognitive impairment on a modified version of the Frontal Behavioral Inventory. PLoS ONE. 2017;12(8):e0183212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0183212.

Shahid H, Sebastian, Schnur TT, Hanayik T, Wright A,Tippett DC, Fridriksson J, Rorden C. Hillis AE. Important considerations in lesion-symptom mapping: Illustrations from studies of word comprehension. Human Brain Mapping. 2017; Jun;38(6):2990-3000. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23567

Meyer AM, Faria AV, Tippett DC, Hillis AE, Friedman RB. The relationship between baseline volume in temporal areas and post-treatment naming accuracy in primary progressive aphasia. Aphasiology. 2017; 31 (9): 1059-1077. doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2017.1296557

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

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

 

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Honors of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2016 - 2017
  • 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
  • Invited reviewer, Neuroscience Journal
  • Invited reviewer, PLOS One
  • Invited reviewer, NeuroImage: Clinical
  • Invited editor for special issue on acute stroke management, Seminars in Speech and Language

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Acute ischemic lesions associated with impairments in expression and recognition of affective prosody
    Poster, annual meeting, Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association, Chicago, IL (09/27/2015)
    American Neurological Association
  • What picture descriptions can reveal about disordered communication and the brain
    Poster, annual meeting, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Tucson, AZ (10/13/2015)
    Academy of Aphasia
  • Interesting cases in patients with head and neck cancer and dysphagia
    poster, annual meeting, Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO (11/17/2015)
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Cerebellar tDCS: A novel approach to augment aphasia treatment
    poster, annual meeting, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Charlottesville, VA (05/24/2016)
    Clinical Aphasiology Conference
  • Current management of dysphonia and dysphagia in Parkinson’s disease
    oral, annual meeting, 2nd Neurological Disorders Summit, Baltimore, MD (09/07/2016)
    United Scientific Group
  • Maintenance of anomia treatment effects in primary progressive aphasia
    poster, annual meeting, 54th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Wales, UK (10/16/2016)
    Academy of Aphasia
  • Differentiating between subtypes of primary progressive aphasia and mild cognitive imapirment of a modified vesion of the Frontal Behavioral Inventory
    poster, annual meeting, 141th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association, Baltimore, MD (10/16/2016)
    American Neurological Association
  • Vibrent technology in head and neck cancer
    poster, annual meeting, Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA (11/17/2016)
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • What makes right hemisphere stroke patients sound emotionless?
    poster, annual meeting, American Academy of Neurology 69th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (04/22/2017)
    Academy of Neurology
  • Areas critical for accessing semantics from spoken words
    poster, annual meeting, American Academy of Neurology 69th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (04/22/2017)
    Academy of Neurology
  • Patterns of decline on language testing in primary progressive aphasia
    poster, annual meeting, 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD (11/05/2017)
    Academy of Aphasia
  • Neural correlates of object and action naming: Complementary evidence from primary progressive aphasia and acute stroke
    poster, annual meeting, 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD (11/05/2017)
    Academy of Aphasia
  • Influence of antidepressants on aphasia recovery
    poster, annual meeting, 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD (11/05/2017)
    Academy of Aphasia
  • What matters about white matter?
    poster, annual meeting, Society for Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD (11/08/2017)
    Society for Neurobiology of Language
  • Transforming memories into language therapy
    poster, annual meeting, Annual Convention of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA (11/11/2017)
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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