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Tamiko Azuma

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0102
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0102
Biography

Tamiko Azuma is the director of the Attention, Memory, and Language Lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. 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.

The Azuma 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.

Professor Azuma's lab is also home to the Veteran Cognition and Academic Success Project (VCAS), which is also associated with the Speech and Language Clinic on the Tempe campus. This collaborative effort 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
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Arizona State University 1995
  • M.A. Psychology, Arizona State University 1991
  • B.A. Psychology (honors), University of California-Santa Cruz 1989
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

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

Cardon, T. A. & Azuma, T. (2011, June). Deciphering Single-Subject Research Design and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ASHA Leader.

Cardon, T.A., & Azuma, T. (2012). Visual Attending Preferences in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comparison between Live and Video Presentation Modes. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 1061-1067. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031.

Choe, Y., Liss, J.M., Azuma, T., & Mathy, P. (2012). Evidence of cue use and performance differences in deciphering dysarthric speech. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 131, pp. EL112-EL118. DOI: 10.1121/1.3674990

*Slovarp, L. J., Azuma, T., & LaPointe, L. (2012). The Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Sustained Attention and Working Memory. Brain Injury, 26, 48-57. doi:10.3109/02699052.2011.635355

*Tat, M.J., & Azuma, T. (2012). Don’t Shoot the Messnger: Memory for Misspellings in Context. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 131, 215-236. DOI: 10.1007/s10936-011-9188-9

Azuma, T., Connor, D.J., & Sabbagh, M.N. (2013). The Effect of Healthy Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment on Semantic Ambiguity Detection. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26, 271-282. DOI:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2012.09.003

*Tat, M..J., & Azuma, T. (2015). What Forgetting Tells Us about Remembering: The Influence of Top-Down Control on Hemispheric Asymmetries in Verbal Memory. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 20, 171-190. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2014.948450

*Ratiu, I. & Azuma, T. (2015). Working Memory Capacity: Is There a Bilingual Advantage? Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27, 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.976226

*Tat, M.J., & Azuma, T. (2015). Remembering “Txt” but not “Text”: The Effect of Context and Lexicality on Memory for Text Message Abbreviations. Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 1, 1-25. DOI: 10.1017/S0142716415000065

*Tat, M.J., & Azuma, T. (2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Hemispheric Asymmetries in True and False Memory. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 21, 1-26. DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2015.1073297.

*Ratiu, I., & Azuma, T. (2016). Language Control in Bilingual Adults with and without History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain and Language.

*Ratiu, I., Hout, M.C., Walenchok, S.C., Azuma, T., & Goldinger, S.D. (in press). Comparing Visual Search and Eye Movements in Bilinguals and Monolinguals. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.

Research Activity
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
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 592Research
SHS 790Reading and Conference
SHS 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 500Research Methods
SHS 592Research
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 500Research Methods
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 298Honors Directed Study
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 367Language Science
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
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)