Tijana Simic (Ph.D. 2019)
Tijana obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Rehabilitation Sciences Institute in 2019 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut de Gériatrie de Montréal, affiliated with the Université de Montréal. Her supervisors are Dr. Simona Brambati and Dr. Karine Marcotte. Tijana’s primary research interest lies in understanding the behavioural and neurological predictors of recovery in individuals with language deficits after a stroke (i.e., aphasia). Currently, Tijana’s research is focused on the predictive value of executive control (EC), which supports neuroplasticity and new learning, and is associated with improved therapeutic outcome. She is developing a project which aims to examine the role of executive control and language network connectivity in mediating aphasia severity and recovery over time. The ultimate aim of her work is to identify factors that could assist with individualizing treatment and maximizing neuroplasticity and functional outcomes.