Lyn Turkstra

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 28648
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: Rm. 403G, IAHS


Dr. Turkstra is Assistant Dean and Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and is a speech-language pathologist by training. Her research and clinical aim is to support full life participation for adolescents and adults with neurological communication disorders. Dr. Turkstra’s studies focus on links between cognitive function and social communication in individuals with acquired brain injury, and she collaborates on development of evidence-informed practice standards to translate research findings into improved clinical practice. Dr. Turkstra is an author on over 85 peer-reviewed publications, including evidence-based practice guidelines for intervention in acquired brain injury. She completed part of her undergraduate training at McMaster University, and is looking forward to developing the new graduate program in speech-language pathology.

Research Expertise

Dr. Turkstra’s research focuses on links between cognitive function and social communication in individuals with acquired brain injury. She also collaborates on development of evidence-based practice guidelines, to translate research findings into improved clinical practice.

Recent Publications

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Journal Articles

Rigon A, Voss MW, Turkstra LS, Mutlu B, Duff MC. Relationship between individual differences in functional connectivity and facial-emotion recognition abilities in adults with traumatic brain injury. Neuroimage Clin. 2017;13:370-7.

Turkstra LS, Kraning SG, Riedeman SK, Mutlu B, Duff M, VanDenHeuvel S. Labelling facial affect in context in adults with and without TBI. Brain Impair. 2017;18(1):49-61.

Oyesanya TO, Brown RL, Turkstra LS. Caring for patients with traumatic brain injury: a survey of nurses’ perceptions. J Clin Nurs. 2017;26(11-12):1562-74.

Turkstra LS, Politis AM. Traumatic Brain Injury. In: Cummings L, editor. Research in Clinical Pragmatics. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International; 2017. p. 291-322.

Turkstra LS, Clark A, Burgess S, Hengst JA, Wertheimer JC, Paul D. Pragmatic communication abilities in children and adults: implications for rehabilitation professionals. Disabil Rehabil. 2017;39(18):1872-85.

Byom L, Turkstra LS. Cognitive task demands and discourse performance after traumatic brain injury. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2016. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12289 [epub ahead of print].

Bedell GM, Wade SL, Turkstra LS, Haarbauer-Krupa J, King JA. Informing design of an app-based coaching intervention to promote social participation of teenagers with traumatic brain injury. Dev Neurorehabil. 2016. doi: 10.1080/17518423.1237584 [epub ahead of print].

Mueller KD, Koscik RL, Turkstra LS, Riedeman SK, LaRue A, Clark LR, et al. Connected language in late middle-aged adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016;54(4):1539-50.

Rigon A, Turkstra LS, Mutlu B, Duff M. The female advantage: sex as a possible protective factor against emotion recognition impairment following traumatic brain injury. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2016;16(5):866-75.

Vinney LA, van Mersbergen M, Connor NP, Turkstra LS. Vocal control: is it susceptible to the negative effects of self-regulatory depletion? J Voice. 2016;30(5):638.e21-638.e31.

Brassel S, Kenny B, Power E, Elbourn E, McDonald S, Tate R, ... Turkstra LS, et al. Conversational topics discussed by individuals with severe traumatic brain injury and their communication partners during sub-acute recovery. Brain Inj. 2016;30(11):1329-42.

Rigon A, Voss MW, Turkstra LS, Mutlu B, Duff MC. Frontal and temporal structural connectivity is associated with social communication impairment following traumatic brain injury. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2016;22(7):705-16.

Turkstra LS. Rehabilitation for adults with traumatic brain injury: where will we be clinically in 2026? Semin Speech Lang. 2016;37(3):225-8.

Turkstra LS, Norman R, Whyte J, Dijkers MP, Hart T. Knowing what we’re doing: why specification of treatment methods is critical for evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2016;5(2):164-71.

Oyesanya TO, Thomas MA, Brown RL, Turkstra LS. Nurses’ beliefs about caring for patients with traumatic brain injury. West J Nurs Res. 2016;38(9):1114-38.

Despins EH, Turkstra LS, Struchen MA, Clark AN. Sex-based differences in perceived pragmatic communication ability of adults with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016;97(2, Suppl):S26-S32.

Meulenbroek P, Turkstra LS. Job stability in skilled work and communication ability after moderate–severe traumatic brain injury. Disabil Rehabil. 2016;38(5):452-61.

Meulenbroek P, Bowers B, Turkstra LS. Characterizing common workplace communication skills for disorders associated with traumatic brain injury: A qualitative study. J Vocat Rehabil. 2016;44(1):15-31.

General Information

Mailing Address:

School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Institute of Applied Health Sciences,
Room 403, 1400 Main St. W. Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7


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