Senior Research Scientist
Olga Bourkina, PhD, is senior research scientist in the Center for Stroke Rehabilitation Research and the director of the Neurolinguistics and Brain Connectivity Laboratory at Kessler Foundation. She conducts cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuroscience research in language and reading and oversees the workflow of several imaging biomarker and treatment studies. Dr. Bourkina completed her doctoral training at Rutgers University with a concentration in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and functional neuroimaging.
Dr. Bourkina’s long-term career goal is to grow an innovative and productive research program aimed at developing prognostic and therapeutic tools that help improve outcomes and quality of life after stroke. Some of the tools include studies on longitudinal neuroimaging of stroke-induced reading deficits and exploratory intervention based on the knowledge gained in biomarker studies. One study employs a novel, real-time fMRI neurofeedback technique to increase neural activity in the left hemisphere and improve recovery of reading in persons with aphasia. Another pilot study uses computational modeling to match a particular pattern of reading deficits with a treatment that focuses on major cognitive components of reading.
View a more comprehensive listing of publications for Dr. Bourkrina on ResearchGate.