Dr. Valarie Fleming is the director and principal investigator of the Cognitive-Communiation Lab and an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas State University-San Marcos. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include cognitive and linguistic aging in normal and disordered populations, health literacy, and variables influencing access and utilization of health services in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Fleming teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive rehabilitation, neuroanatomy, and neurogenic language disorders. She has rehabilitative experience with adolescents and adults in acute care, sub-acute care, and outpatient settings.