• 124 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile


I am a clinician, researcher and PhD candidate with a broad range of interests across speech pathology, linguistics, psychology and health.

My current interests and projects span
-Quality of Life in communication impairments
-Meditation and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for individuals with communication impairments
-Aphasia, Primary Progressive Aphasia and Dyslexia
-The Cognitive Neuropsychological Model
-Evidence Based Practice and Implementation Science

My current PhD is exploring Conceptualisation, Measurement and Lived Experiences of Quality of Life in Primary Progressive Aphasia.

I enjoy advocacy work in aphasia and currently assist to run an online aphasia support group across Australia.

I am passionate about science communication, am a member of Franklin Women, and was the Creative Director for TEDx Macquarie University 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, Masters of Research, Macquarie University

Speech Pathology, Masters of Speech Language Pathology (Hons), University of Sydney

Linguistics, Psychology, Italian, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, University of Sydney

Cognitive Science, PhD, Macquarie University

Dec 2017 → …

External positions

Volunteer, Australian Aphasia Association

Nov 2019 → …

NSW Branch Committee, Speech Pathology Australia

Dec 2017Dec 2019

Reading Clinician, Macquarie University Reading Clinic

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Research Outputs

  • 124 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Website contribution
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    Speech and language therapy approaches to managing primary progressive aphasia

    Volkmer, A., Rogalski, E., Henry, M., Taylor-Rubin, C., Ruggero, L., Khayum, R., Kindell, J., Gorno-Tempini, M. L., Warren, J. D. & Rohrer, J. D., Apr 2020, In : Practical Neurology. 20, 2, p. 154-162 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Lexical retrieval treatment in primary progressive aphasia: an investigation of treatment duration in a heterogeneous case series

    Croot, K., Raiser, T., Taylor-Rubin, C., Ruggero, L., Ackl, N., Wlasich, E., Danek, A., Scharfenberg, A., Foxe, D., Hodges, J. R., Piguet, O., Kochan, N. A. & Nickels, L., Jun 2019, In : Cortex. 115, p. 133-158 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Quality of life in primary progressive aphasia: what do we know and what can we do next?

    Ruggero, L., Nickels, L. & Croot, K., 2019, In : Aphasiology. 33, 5, p. 498-519 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Losing my words not my memory: understanding primary progressive aphasia

    Ruggero, L., Nickels, L. & Croot, K., Nov 2018, ARC Cognition and its Disorders Website.

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