Hanna Ulatowska

Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
hanna@utdallas.edu
214-905-3101
CD1A130
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Tags: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Linguistics
Edinburgh University - 1961
Postgraduate - Linguistics
Edinburgh University - 1959
M.A. (Honors) - English Philology
Warsaw University - 1955

Research Areas

Research Interests

My primary research area is neurolinguistics and more specifically, the investigation of language changes associated with aphasia, dementia and normal aging. The primary focus in my investigation is on connected language, i.e. discourse. My discourse studies are characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach since they take into account the interrelationship of social, linguistic, and cognitive information inherent in the process of communicating.

Publications

Ulatowska, H.K., Reyes, B.A., Olea Santos, T., Garst, D., Vernon, J., McArthur, J. (in press). Personal Narratives in Aphasia: Understanding Narrative Competence. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. In Press - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K. & Kadzielawa, D. (2011). Legacy Through Language and Photography of an Auschwitz Survivor. In: Survivors of Nazi Persecution in Europe after the Second World War (Vol 2, pp. 267-280). Vallentine Mitchell Publishers. Middlesex, UK. 2011 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K., Reyes, B., Olea Santos, T., Worle, C. (2011). Stroke Narratives in Aphasia: The Role of Reported Speech. Aphasiology, 25, 93-105. 2011 - Publication
Olness, G.S., Ulatowska, H.K. (2011). Personal Narratives in Aphasia: Coherence in the Context of Use. Special Issue in Aphasiology (Discourse in Aphasia). 2011 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K. (2010). Journey Through Narratives: The Unexpected Vistas. In B. Bokus (Ed). "Studies in the Psychology of Language and Communication" (pp. 135-147). Warszawa: Matrix Publications. 2010 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K., & Olness, G.S. (2007). Pragmatics and Discourse. Seminars in Speech and Language, 148-157. 2007 - Publication
Martin, J.S., Jerger, J.F., Ulatowska, H.K., & Mehta, J.A. (2006). Complementing behavioral with electrophysiological measures in diagnostic evaluation: A case study in two languages. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 49, 603-615. 2006 - Publication
Armstrong, E., & Ulatowska, H.K. (2006). Stroke Stories: Conveying Emotive Experiences in Aphasia. In M.J. Ball & J.S. Damico, Clinical Aphasiology: Future Directions. 2006 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K., Sadowska, M., & Kadzielawa, D. (2005). Out of darkness cometh light [wiato w ciemnoci wieci]. Pro Memoria, 2, 22, 47-50. 2005 - Publication
Ulatowska, H. K., Olness, G. S., Samson, A.M., Keebler, M.W., & Goins, K. E. (2004). On the nature of personal narratives of high quality. Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 6,1, 3-14. 2004 - Publication

Appointments

Full Professor of Communication Disorders
University of Texas at Dallas [1985–Present]
Senior Fellow
Polish Academy of Sciences [1983–1984]
Associate Professor of Communication Disorders
University of Texas at Dallas [1973–1985]
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurolinguistics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas [1973–Present]
Associate Professor of Linguistics
University of Texas at Arlington [1971–1975]
Visiting Professor of Linguistics
Southern Methodist University [1971–1972]
Associate Professor of Linguistics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas [1971–1973]
Senior Staff Fellow
National Institutes of Health [1970–1971]
Computer Systems Analyst
National Institutes of Health [1967–1970]
Research Scientist in M.T
University of Texas at Austin [1965–1967]

Projects

Manfestations of ethnicity in narratives of African Americans
2003–2003 Ulatowska, H.K., Olness, G.S., & Dykes, J.C., Poster presented at the Texas Symposium on Language Diversity, Austin, TX.
Coherence of narratives in aphasia
2004–2004 Ulatowska, H.K., Olness, G.S., & Williams, L.J., Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Chicago, IL. (Printed in proceedings of the meeting Brain and Language, 91, 42-43).
Discourse production in African- Americans with aphasia
1999–1999 Ulatowska, H.K., Chapman, S.B., Hill, C., Thompson, J., Keebler, M., Olness, G., Parsons, S., & Wertz, R.T., Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Francisco, CA.
Negotiating Identities
2008–2008 Ulatowska, H.K., & Candia, L., Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor, Maryland.
Relationship between Western Aphasia Battery and discourse performance in African Americans with aphasia
2002–2002 Ulatowska, H.K., Olness, G.S., Wertz, R.T., Samson, A., Keebler, M., & Goins, K., Paper presented at the annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Ridgedale, MO.

Additional Information

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND GRANTS(since 1998)
  • 2007-2008 Role of Evaluative Language in Emotive Narratives in Aphasia; University of Texas at Dallas Principal, Investigator; Grant - University of Texas at Dallas, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Faculty, Research Initiative Grant
  • 2006-Present, Stroke Stories in Polish Aphasic Individuals; Warsaw University Principal Investigator
  • 2006-Present, The use of Evaluative Language by Individuals with Aphasia following Stroke; Macquarie University Sydney, Australia Principal Investigator - Elizabeth Armstrong, Co-investigator - Hanna Ulatowska
  • 2006-2007 Role of Evaluative Language in Emotive Narratives in Aphasia; University of Texas at Dallas Principal Investigator; Grant - University of Texas at Dallas, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Faculty, Research Initiative Grant
  • 2005-2006 Stroke Stories; University of Texas at Dallas, Principal Investigator; Grant - University of Texas at Dallas, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Faculty, Research Initiative Grant
  • 2004-2005 Effects of Conversational Topics and Ethnicity in Aphasia Group Settings; University of Texas at Dallas, Principal Investigator; Grant - University of Texas at Dallas, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Faculty, Research Initiative Grant
  • 2003-2004 Narrative in Group Aphasia Treatment Programs; University of Texas at Dallas, Principal Investigator; Grant - University of Texas at Dallas, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Excellence in Education Grant
  • 2002-2003 Holistic Assessment of Narrative Quality by Lay-Raters; University of Texas at Dallas, Principal Investigator; Grant - University of Texas at Dallas, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Excellence in Education Grant
  • 2000-Present, Aging in concentration camp survivors; University of Warsaw with Professor Danuta Kadzielawa
  • 1998-Present, Research on processing of proverbs in the right hemisphere; University of Warsaw, June -August
  • 1998-Present Research on Attitudes to Risk-Taking; Polish Academy of Sciences with Professor T. Tyszka
  • 1998-Present Research on Discourse in Aphasia in Cape Coloureds; University of Cape Town with Dr. Dale Ogilvie

News Articles

UT Dallas Researcher Honored for Work in Poland
Dr. Hanna Ulatowska grew up in a pre- and post-war Europe of danger and uncertainty, so she embraces any opportunity to reach out to “wounded storytellers” and help them communicate their life experiences. The University of Texas at Dallas professor now focuses her research on interviewing survivors of Nazi concentration camps and World War II veterans. Her lifetime of work in neurolinguistics recently earned Ulatowska special recognition from the Polish Neuropsychological Society, which awarded her this year’s prestigious Copernicus Prize. When she was 11, Ulatowska was imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, until she and surviving family members managed a rare escape. They were hidden by a compassionate local family until the camp was liberated by the Russian Army.