Dr. Wagner is an Associate Professor in the department, Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a joint appointment in Psychology. She has received an M. A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from The Graduate Center (CUNY). Dr. Wagner is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by New York State to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist and to provide clinical services within the public schools.
Dr. Wagner’s research aims to uncover brain mechanisms that allow spoken words to be recognized within the auditory cortex for comprehension. Towards this end she has examined cortical level brain responses in individuals having different native-language backgrounds (e.g., Polish speaker). This research has demonstrated that even though spoken words may be heard differently by second language learners of English, the acoustic (physical) characteristics of the spoken words are detected similarly, irrespective of native-language experience, at early cortical stages of processing. In contrast, intermediate and late stages of cortical processing reflect native-language experiences. Currently, Dr. Wagner is investigating recognition of spoken words within the auditory cortex in atypical language learners and identifying neural correlates associated with phonological processing deficits found in subgroups of individuals with Specific Language Impairment and Dyslexia.
Graduate and undergraduate students from departments throughout the University participate in this research examining neurobiology of speech and language.
For further information see Neuroscience Study Group, Monica Wagner http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/schools-and-colleges/st-johns-college-liberal-arts-and-sciences/neuroscience-research-group