Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience



Neurotherapeutics group investigates the neural mechanisms underpinning language recovery. The group is jointly led by Prof Jenny Crinion and Prof Alex Left.

Jenny Crinion

Aex Leff

Jenny Crinion

Group Leader - Crinion Lab


Alex Leff

Group Leader - Leff Lab


Neurotherapeutics Research

We are independent clinical researchers working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. We have a shared interest in understanding the neural mechanisms underpinning language recovery.

Our two main aims are:

  1. To provide a mechanistic account of how different therapies (behavioural, brain stimulation, pharmacological) interact with residual language neural networks; with the aim of stratifying therapy for patients with acquired brain injury.
  2. To develop novel digital therapeutics (web-based therapies) and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (home-based tDCS) to generate translational therapies that are financially self-sustaining.

Group Members

Sharifa Al-Ragam


App-delivered therapy for Arabic readers with Hemianopic Alexia. Rehabilitation of left-sided Hemianopic Alexia patients following stroke in Arabic-speaking readers. Eye-movement tracking of Hemianopic Alexia patients following stroke in Arabic-speaking readers. Primary supervisor: Dr. Jenny Crinion. Secondary supervisor: Dr Alex Leff

David Sabate Barbera

David Barbera

MRC Industrial CASE PhD student interested in developing software to help people with aphasia recover their speech. I am involved in the iTALKbetter project for which I am preparing the speech recognition module and its integration into a mobile platform. My background is in Mathematics, Economics and Computer Games programming.

Henry Coley-Fisher

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Henry is a Research Assistant and PhD student with a background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. His current research focuses on Digital Interventions in Neuro-rehabilitation (DINR). Henry is also investigating whether stroke patients who have trouble understanding speech also have problems processing non-speech sounds. He is also involved in the Listen-In project.

Catherine Doogan

Cathrine Doogan

Catherine is a Post Doc and Clinical Psychologist who is working on developing three Digital Interventions in Neuro-Rehabilitation (DINR). The first, iTALKbetter, is an interactive word retrieval therapy for with people with aphasia; the second is to help people with dementia remember the names of familiar people, while the third is for stroke patients with visuo-spatial neglect.

Victoria Fleming

Victoria Fleming

Victoria is trained in both psychology and speech and language therapy. She is a Research Assistant working on the Listen-In project, funded by the NIHR i4i programme. Her PhD is focused on the development and testing of a web-based therapy application for patients with impaired speech comprehension caused by stroke.

Thomas Langford

Thomas Langford

Tom is a PhD student with a background in neuroengineering. His current research focuses on the optimization and personalization of a reading therapy app for patients with central alexia. Tom is funded by an MRC industrial CASE studentship and is working with industry partner, Neurodiversity. 

Davide Nardo

Davide Nardo

I am a postdoctoral research associate with a background in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. My current research focuses on the effects of neurostimulation (tDCS) and phonemic-cueing-based anomia training on spoken language recovery in chronic aphasic patients, investigated with both behavioural and functional neuroimaging techniques.

Sheila Kerry

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Sheila is a Research Assistant working on the central alexia project. Her PhD is focused on investigating the effects of tDCS on aphasic patient’s reading performance, and seeing how therapy effects play out across the distributed reading network using MEG.

Katerina Pappa


I am a research assistant with a background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My research focuses on the neurorehabilitation of aphasic patients with speech production difficulties. My current project involves implementing neurostimulation techniques (tDCS) combined with functional neuroimaging techniques and behavioural training.