Hanna Ulatowska

Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Faculty Page
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.


Olness, G.S., & Ulatowska, H.K. (2004). [Review of the book Understanding Storytelling Among African American Children: A Journey from Africa to America]. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 1, 2. 2004 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K., Olness, G.S., & Williams, L.J. (2004). Coherence of narratives in aphasia. Brain and Language, 91, 42-43. 2004 - Publication
Ulatowska, H. K., Olness, G. S., Hill, C. L., Samson, A.M., & Goins, K. E. (2003). Relationship between discourse and Western Aphasia Battery performance in African Americans with aphasia. Aphasiology, 17, 511-521. 2003 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K., Rymarczyk, K., & Kadzielawa, D. (2003). Processing of proverbs by patients with right hemisphere damage. Acta Neuropsychologia, 1, 4, 414-427. 2003 - Publication
Ulatowska, H. K., & Olness, G. S. (2003). On the nature of direct speech in narratives of African Americans with aphasia. Brain and Language, 87, 69-70. 2003 - Publication
Olness, G. S., Ulatowska, H. K., Wertz, R.T., Thompson, J. L., & Auther-Steffan, L. L. (2002). Discourse elicitation with pictorial stimuli in African Americans and Caucasians with and without aphasia. Aphasiology, 16, 623-633. 2002 - Publication
Ulatowska, H.K., Sadowska, M. Kadzielawa, D. (2001). A longitudinal study of agrammatism in Polish: A case study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 14; 321-336. (Collection also published in M. Paradis (Ed.), Manifestations of aphasia symptoms in different languages, 237-252). 2001 - Publication
Ogilvy, D., von Bentheim, I., Benter, A., Ulatowska, H., & Penn, C. (2001). Discourse, dialect, and aphasia in the Western Cape. Journal of South African Communication Disorders. 2001 - Publication
Ulatowska, H. K., Olness, G. S., Wertz, R. T., Thompson, J. L., Keebler, M. W., Hill, C. L., & Auther, L. L. (2001). Comparison of language impairment, functional communication, and discourse measures in African-American aphasic and normal adults. Aphasiology, 15, 1007-1016. 2001 - Publication
Ulatowska, H. K., & Olness, G. S. (2001) Dialectal variants of verbs in narratives of African Americans with aphasia: Some methodological considerations. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 14; 93-110. (Collection also published in M. Paradis (Ed.), Manifestations of aphasia symptoms in different languages, pp. 9-26). 2001 - Publication


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]


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

  • 2005-Present, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Conference, Board Member
  • 2002-Present, Acta Neuropsychologica, Editorial Board Member
  • 1999- Present, Advances in Speech-Language Pathology, Editorial Board Member
  • 1997-Present, Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Reviewer of Grants
  • 1990-Present, Aphasiology, Editorial Consultant
  • 1990-Present, Polish Psychological Bulletin, Published by Polish Academy of Sciences, Member Honorary Editorial Board
  • 2001, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, Coordinator of the Cape Black Aphasia project, Supervision of 3 masters theses
  • 1999-2001, Appointment as Callier Scholar
  • 1979-1982, Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, Editorial Consultant
  • 1968-1972, MLA International Bibliography, Section on Psycholinguistics, Editor
Personal Statement

My primary area of research activity is neurolinguistics, and more specifically, investigations of discourse in aphasia, dementia and advanced aging. The focus of this research is the characterization of communicative competence of these populations and how it relates to preservations and impairments of both linguistic and cognitive functioning. In this research, I have been especially concerned with developing methodologies which are suitable for tapping the discourse changes in adult neurogenic populations.

Another research focus deals with the effects of different language types on the disruption of language in aphasia which stems from my investigations of aphasia in Polish. I have been also involved in studies dealing with processing of metaphorical language in the form of proverbs in a variety of neurogenic and culturally diverse populations. More recently, I have been investigating discourse in African Americans with aphasia. Also, in Poland, I have been studying the representation of camp experiences in narratives told by elderly concentration camp survivors.

  • 2005, Awarded Fulbright Senior Specialist Award
  • 2005-Present, Selected as a member of the Academic Council of the International Conference - Beyond Camps and Forced Labour
  • 1995, Awarded Fulbright Grant to do Aphasia research in Poland
  • 1994, Awarded Kosciuszko Foundation Grant
  • 1991, Nominated for 6-month exchange by National Academy for Sciences in Washington, with Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 1987, Awarded Kosciuszko Foundation Grant
  • 1983/84, Awarded IREX Fellowship to do Aphasia research in Poland.

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.