Stephen M Wilson, PhD

Assistant Professor


Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
PO Box 210071
Tucson, AZ 85721-0071
(520) 621-1644
(520) 626-1364

Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing as well as Assistant Professor of Neurology. Dr. Wilson’s research is concerned with the neural basis of language. He combines structural and functional neuroimaging techniques with linguistic analysis to study language processing, and how it breaks down in patients with different kinds of aphasia. Dr. Wilson works with patients with aphasias of various etiologies, including neurodegenerative disease and stroke. He is particularly interested in syntactic processing, lexical access, and single word reading. Visit Dr. Wilson’s lab website for more information.


BA: Linguistics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
MS: Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
PhD: Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Publications

  • Farias D, Davis CH, Wilson SM. Treating apraxia of speech with an implicit protocol that activates speech motor areas via inner speech. Aphasiology 2014; 28: 515–32.
  • Henry M, Wilson SM, Ogar J, Sidhu M, Rankin K, Cattaruzza T, Miller B, Gorno-Tempini ML, Seeley W. Neuropsychological, behavioral, and anatomical evolution in right temporal variant frontotemporal dementia: A longitudinal and post-mortem single case analysis. NeuroCase 2014; 20: 100–9.
  • Wilson SM, DeMarco AT, Henry ML, Gesierich B, Babiak M, Mandelli ML, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML. What role does the anterior temporal lobe play in sentence-level processing? Neural correlates of syntactic processing in semantic PPA. J Cogn Neurosci 2014; 26: 970–85.
  • Sollberger M, Rosen H, Shany-Ur T, Ullah J, Stanley C, Laluz V, Weiner M, Wilson SM, Miller B, Rankin KP. Neural substrates of socioemotional self-awareness in neurodegenerative disease. Brain Behav 2014; 4: 201–14.
  • Wilson SM. The impact of vascular factors on language localization in the superior temporal sulcus. Hum Brain Mapp 2014; in press.
  • Chiong W, Wilson SM, D’Esposito M, Kayser AS, Grossman SN, Poorzand P, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Rankin KP. The salience network causally influences default mode network activity during moral reasoning. Brain 2013; 136: 1929–41.
  • Wilson SM, Rising K, Stib MT, Rapcsak SZ, Beeson PM. Dysfunctional visual word form processing in progressive alexia. Brain 2013; 136: 1260–73.
  • DeLeon J, Gesierich B, Besbris M, Ogar J, Henry ML, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML, Wilson SM. Elicitation of specific syntactic structures in primary progressive aphasia. Brain Lang 2012; 123: 183–90.
  • Gesierich B, Jovicich J, Riello M, Adriani M, Monti A, Brentari V, Robinson S, Wilson SM, Fairhall S, Gorno-Tempini ML. Distinct neural substrates for semantic knowledge and naming in the temporoparietal network. Cereb Cor 2012; 22: 2217–26.
  • Wilson SM, Galantucci S, Tartaglia MC, Gorno-Tempini ML. The neural basis of syntactic deficits in primary progressive aphasia. Brain Lang 2012; 122: 190–8.