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Tamiko Azuma

Asst Dean & Assoc Profr
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Asst. Dean and Assoc. Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography: 

Dr. Tamiko Azuma is the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Health Solutions and an Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Science. She is the director of the Attention, Memory, and Language Lab (AML Lab). Her research interests include interactions between memory and language processing in healthy monolingual and bilingual speakers, military veterans, and adults with mild traumatic brain injury and other clinical conditions.  Visit Dr. Azuma's website here: https://links.asu.edu/azuma

The AML lab conducts several lines of research focused on attention, working memory, episodic memory and language processing. Current projects involve the study of healthy young adults, bilingual speakers, military veterans and adults with attention/memory impairments arising from mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). We are particularly interested in how bilingualism, attention deficits, and mTBI affect specific cognitive processes. Current research opportunities for students include projects on: 1) cognition in healthy bilinguals and in bilingual adults with history of mTBI or concussion, and 2) cognition in military veterans with and without service-related conditions, including mTBI and post-traumatic stress disorders.

The Veteran Cognition and Academic Success Project is a collaborative clinical research project with Dr. Karen Gallagher at the University of Alaska. This project is dedicated to understanding the factors that improve academic success in military veteran college students. This project offers information to students regarding their individual memory and attention abilities, insight into the variables that can affect their learning perfomance, and strategies to improve learning success.  

Education: 
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Arizona State University
  • M.A. Psychology, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Psychology (honors), University of California-Santa Cruz
Research Interests: 

In the Attention, Memory, and Language lab, we are conducting several lines of research focused on attention, working memory, episodic memory, and language processing. Our current projects involve the study of healthy young adults, bilingual speakers, military veterans, and adults with attention/memory impairments arising from mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). We are particularly interested in how bilingualism, attention deficits, and mTBI affect specific cognitive processes.  Current research opportunities for students include projects on: 1) Cognition in healthy bilinguals and in bilingual adults with history of mTBI or concussion, and 2) Cognition in military veterans with and without service-related conditions, including mTBI and Post-traumatic stress disorders. Please visit the lab website to learn more about the different research projects.

Publications: 

Recent Publications (*Articles marked with an asterisk are based on research conducted by graduate students under my sole or joint supervision)

*Alateeq, H., & Azuma, T. (2022). Words vs. Pictures: Bilingual Performance on Verbal and Pictorial Measures of Executive Functions. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR.

Luo, X., Azuma, T., Kolberg, C., & Pulling, K. (2022). The Effects of Stimulus Modality, Task Complexity, and Cuing on Working Memory and the Relationship with Speech Recognition in Older Cochlear Implant Users. Journal of Communication Disorders.

Ratiu, I., Whiting, M., Murnion, L., Fissel, S., & Azuma, T. (2022).  'Now You Hear Me, Now You Don’t: The Impact of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Auditory Distraction on Reading Comprehension, Eye Movements, and Memory. Journal of Communication Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2022.106197

Luo, X., Kolberg, C., Pulling, K. R., & Azuma, T. (2020). Psychoacoustic and Demographic Factors for Speech Recognition of Older Adult Cochlear Implant Users. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research: JSLHR, 63(6), 1712-1725. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_JSLHR-19-00225      

Ratiu, I., & Azuma, T. (2019). Assessment of Executive Function in Bilingual Adults with History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Impairment, 21(1), 32-46. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1017/BrImp.2019.17

*Gallagher, K., & Azuma, T. (2018). Analysis of Story Recall in Military Veterans with and without mTBI: Preliminary Results. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 485-494. DOI: 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0208

*Ratiu, I., Hout, M. C., Walenchok, S., Azuma, T., & Goldinger, S. D. (2017). Comparing  Visual Search and Eye Movements in Bilinguals and Monolinguals. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(6), 1695-1725. doi:10.3758/s13414-017-1328-3

*Ratiu, I., & Azuma, T. (2016). Language Control in Bilingual Adults with and without History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain and Language, 166: 29-39.  DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2016.12.004

Research Activity: 
Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
CHS 394Special Topics
SHS 592Research
SHS 792Research
SHS 795Continuing Registration
SHS 799Dissertation
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
CHS 493Honors Thesis
CHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 592Research
SHS 593Applied Project
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
SHS 795Continuing Registration
SHS 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
CHS 493Honors Thesis
CHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 593Applied Project
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
SHS 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 592Research
SHS 792Research
SHS 795Continuing Registration
SHS 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
CHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 592Research
SHS 593Applied Project
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
SHS 795Continuing Registration
SHS 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
CHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 593Applied Project
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
SHS 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 792Research
SHS 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
CHS 493Honors Thesis
CHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
CHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 590Reading and Conference
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
SHS 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
CHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CHS 494Special Topics
SHS 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
CHS 394Special Topics
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
KIN 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Presentations: 

*Ratiu. I, & Azuma, T. (2013). Reading libro but Remembering book: Bilingual Language and Memory Processing in a Cross-Language Levels-of-Processing Task. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Toronto, Canada. November 2013.

*Ratiu, I., Hout, M. C., Azuma, T., & Goldinger, S. D. (2013). The bilingual advantage investigated using visual search. Poster presented at the 21st annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory Conference: Toronto, Canada. November, 2013.

*Tat, M., & Azuma, T. (2013). Visual and Verbal Cognitive Loads Influence Hemispheric True (but not False) Memories. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Toronto, Canada. November 2013.

Mehta, Z., Eikenberry, G., DiStefano, S., Azuma T. (2014) (C)APD: what works and what does not. Poster presented at: AudiologyNOW! American Academy of Audiology Annual Meeting; March 26-29, 2014; Orlando, FL.

*Ratiu, I., Hout, M. C., Walenchok, S. Azuma, T., & Goldinger, S. D. (2014). The bilingual advantage investigated using visual search. Poster presented at the 21st annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory Conference: Long Beach, CA. November, 2014.

*Ratiu. I, & Azuma, T. (2014). Symmetry and Asymmetry: Working Memory and Language Proficiency in Bilinguals. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach, California. November 2014.

*Baker, S., & Azuma, T. (2014). The Update on Updating Tasks: The Effects of Working Memory and Note-Taking on Lecture Test Performance. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach, California. November 2014.

*Pittenger, K., Azuma, T., & Ingram, K. (2014). Memory Performance in Military Veteran & Non-Veteran College Students: Preliminary Results. Poster presented at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Orlando, Florida. November 2014. **Awarded 2014 ASHA Meritorious Poster Submission**

*Ratiu. I, & Azuma, T. (2015). Executive Function & Language Control in Bilinguals With mTBI. Presentation at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Denver, Colorado. November 2015.

*Gallagher, K., Azuma, T., & Ingram, K. (2015). Military Veteran Students With mTBI: Does Symptom Self-Report Predict Their Academic Success? Poster presented at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Denver, Colorado. November 2015.

*Gallagher, K., Azuma, T., & Ingram, K. (2015). Military Culture & Clinical Challenges: The Assessment of Military Veterans With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Presentation at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Denver, Colorado. November 2015.

*Gallagher, K. & Azuma, T. (2016). Analysis of Story Recall in Military Veterans with and without mTBI: Preliminary Results. Presentation at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference. Charlottesville, VA. May 2016.

*Gallagher, K., Azuma, T., & Ingram, K. (2016). Memory & mTBI: Narrative Recall in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Presentation to be given at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA. November 2016.

Service: 
  • Neuroscience Executive Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Curriculum Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Curriculum Committee, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Policy, Personnel, and Budget Committee, Chair (2008 - Present)
  • Honors College, Honors Faculty (2006 - Present)
  • Honors College, Honors Disciplinary Faculty (2006 - Present)
  • Policy, Personnel, and Budget Committee, Chair (2010 - 2012)
  • Honors College, Honors Faculty Advisor (2010 - 2011)
  • SHS PhD committee, Committee Member (2009 - 2010)
  • SHS Curriculum Committee, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • SHS PhD Policy Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • CLAS Excellence Committee, Committee member (2008 - 2009)
  • CLAS Excellence Committee, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • Personnel and Budget Committee, Chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Ph.D. Admissions and Program Committee, Chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, ad hoc Committee on Practice Guidelines, Author (2002 - 2007)
  • Colloquium Coordinator, Coordinator (2004 - 2006)
  • National Science Foundation, Grant Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • journal of european neurology, Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Graduate student Faculty Liason, Liason (2004 - 2006)
  • Personnel and Budget, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • Ph.D. Admissions and Program committee, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Journal of Memory and language, Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Journal of Neurology, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Journal of Psychosomatics, Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Search Committee for SLP faculty, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Child Neuropsychology, Reviewer (2004)
  • Cognitive Brain Research, Reviewer (2004)
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: learning, Memory, & Cognition, Reviewer (2004)
  • Neuropsychology, Reviewer (2004)
  • Search Committee for Dept. Chair, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Affirmative Action committee, Member (2003)
  • Alzheimer's association, Grant Reviewer (2003)
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Committee, Member (2003)
  • Journal of medical speech language pathology, Reviewer (2003)
  • Personnel and Budget, Acting chair (2003)