VA Research Career Scientist
Director, Center for Aphasia & Related Disorders
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Dr. Dronkers’ research and clinical interests have always focused on understanding the speech, language, and cognitive disorders that occur after injury to the brain. She and her colleagues have worked extensively with individuals who have aphasia to understand the relationship between areas of the brain affected by injury and the speech and language disorders that ensue. Using novel methodologies, Dr. Dronkers and her colleagues have isolated numerous brain regions that play critical roles in the processing of speech and language, as well as how these relate to other cognitive skills. Her latest work involves analyzing the structural and functional connections that contribute to language and cognitive processing through advanced work with diffusion and resting state functional neuroimaging. 


Stephanie K. Ries, Rummit K. Dhillon, Alex Clarke, David King-Stephens, Kenneth D. Laxer, Peter B. Weber, Rachel A. Kuperman, Kurtis I. Auguste, Peter Brunner, Gerwin Schalk, Jack J. Lin, Josef Parviz, Nathan E. Crone, Nina F. Dronkers, and Robert T. Knight. “Spatiotemporal dynamics of word retrieval in speech production revealed by cortical high-frequency band activity.” PNAS (2017): 1-9. 

Ivanova, Maria V., Svetlana V. Kuptsova, and Nina F. Dronkers. “A comparison of two working memory tasks in aphasia.” Aphasiology (2016): 1-17.Ries, S. K., Dronkers, N. F., & Knight, R. T. Choosing words: left hemisphere, right hemisphere, or both? Perspective on the lateralization of word retrieval. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 2016, [Epub ahead of print]. 

Baldo, J. V., Arevalo, A., Patterson, J. P., & Dronkers, N. F. (in press). Grey and white matter correlates of picture naming: Evidence from a voxel-based lesion analysis of the Boston Naming Test. Cortex. 

Mandelli, M. L., Vitali, P., Santos, M., Henry, M., Gola, K., Rosenberg, L., Dronkers, N. F., Miller, B., Seeley, W. W. & Gorno-Tempini, M. L. Two insular regions are differentially involved in behavioral variant FTD and nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA. Cortex, 2016, 74, 149-157. 

Baldo, J. V., Paulraj, S. R., Curran, B.C., & Dronkers, N. F. (2015). Impaired reasoning and problem-solving in individuals with language impairment due to aphasia or language delay Fronteirs in Psychology. Oct; 1523(6)

Baldo, Juliana V., Kacinik, Natalie A., Moncrief, Amber; Beghin, Francesca; Dronkers, Nina F. (2015).You may now kiss the bride: Interpretation of social situations by individuals with right or left hemisphere injury Neuropsychologia. In Press