Susan A. Leon, Ph.D.

pic for neuroSusan A. Leon, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Physical Address:

Brain Rehabilitation Research Center
NF/SG Veteran’s Health System (151A)
1601 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Mailing Address:

Department of Neurology
University of Florida College of Medicine
HSC Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610-0236

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Personal Information

Dr. Leon is currently a funded research investigator at the VA RR&D Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC) and through the NIA/NIH.  Her research focuses on improving assessment and rehabilitation of emotional communication and cognition following neurologic trauma or disease.


2010 PhD University of Florida, Speech, Language and Hearing Science
2001 MA University of Florida, Communication Sciences and Disorders
1999 BA University of Florida, Linguistics
1995 BA University of Florida, Russian


Professional and Academic Experience

2014 – Present Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Florida
2012 – Present CDA1 Research Investigator, VA RR&D Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC), NF/SG VAMC, Gainesville, FL
2010 – 2012 T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship “Training in Treatment of Communication Disorders and Translational Neuroscience”, NIDCD/NIH, Department of Neurology, University of Florida
2007 – 2009 Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist, NF/SG VAMC, Gainesville, FL
2006 – 2009 VA Predoctoral Fellowship, NF/SG VAMC, Gainesville, FL
2004 – 2006 Presidential Alumni Fellowship, University of Florida
2001 – 2004 Research Speech-Language Pathologist, VA RR&D BRRC, NF/SG VAMC, Gainesville, FL



Selected Publications

Leon, SA,  Altmann, LJP,Abrams, L, Gonzalez Rothi, LJ, Heilman, KM. (2014). Divergent Task Performance in Older Adults: Declarative Memory or Creative Potential? Creativity Research Journal, 26:1, 21-29, DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.873657

Heilman, KM, Leon, SA, Burtis, DB, Ashizawa, T, Subramony, SH. (2014). Affective communication deficits associated with cerebellar degeneration.  Neurocase, 20(1), 18-26. DOI: 10.1080/13554794.2012.713496.

Leon, SA, Rodriguez, AD. (2008). Aprosodia and its Therapy. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 18, 66-72.

Leon, SA, Rosenbek, JC, Crucian, G, Hieber, B, Holiway, B, Rodriguez, A, Ketterson, T, Ciampitti, Heilman, KM, & Rothi, LJG. (2005). Active Treatments for Aprosodia Secondary to Right Hemisphere Stroke.  Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 42(1), 93-101.

Heilman, KM, Leon, SA, Rosenbek, JC.  (2004). Affective Aprosodia from a Medial Frontal Stroke.  Brain and Language, 89(3), 411-6.