Dr. Cook, a certified speech-language pathologist since 2003, specializes in conducting research and clinical cognitive-linguistic evaluations as well as interventions with children with neurologic communication disorders. Currently, Dr. Cook oversees the pediatric brain injury research programs at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, including coordination of two studies involving specialized evaluation and cognitive intervention for children and adolescents with acquired brain injury.
Dr. Cook has also served as site research coordinator for a National Institutes of Health-funded study investigating the long-term recovery of higher-level language skills as well as executive function abilities (e.g., self-regulation, planning, problem-solving) after brain injury, contributing to the development of new assessment and intervention tools. Additionally, she has been involved in studies examining working memory function and social cognition abilities during functional brain imaging (fMRI).
Overall, her research is focused on understanding the rehabilitative effects of long-term follow-up care, with the hope of developing a successful format for identifying, monitoring, and maximizing the potential of children with acquired brain injuries in order to help them be successful in their home, school, and community environments.