Sabine Heuer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor

[Image] Sabine Heuer

Enderis Hall, Room 859
Phone: (414) 229-0537
Fax: (414) 229-2620


Communication Sciences & Disorders


  • Ph.D., Speech and Language Sciences
    Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 2009
  • M.A. Speech-Language Pathology
    Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 2004
  • Staatsexamen Lehramt an Förderschulen (degree in special education)
    Leipzig University – Leipzig, Germany, 2001

Speaker Topics

  • Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Eye-tracking as a Tool to Assess Cognitive Processes
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Heuer’s research interests include the exploration of linguistic and non-linguistic factors that impact adults’ performance during language comprehension tasks. She is especially interested in the assessment of attention allocation and working memory processes and their relationship to language comprehension in individuals with and without aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder caused by brain damage, impairing language comprehension and language production. Dr. Heuer’s goal is to contribute to the development of more carefully controlled and valid assessment materials for individuals with aphasia and related disorders.

Recent Publications

Heuer, S., & Hallowell, B. (2009). Visual attention in a multiple-choice task: influences of image characteristics with and without presentation of a verbal stimulus. Aphasiology, 23(3), 351-363.

Heuer, S., & Hallowell, B. (2007). An evaluation of test images for multiple-choice comprehension assessment in aphasia. Aphasiology, 21(9), 883-900.


Heuer, S. & Wagner, K. (2013, November). Influence of image characteristics in multiple-choice image displays with presentation of a verbal stimulus. Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Hallowell, B., Heuer, S., & Shaw, V. (2013, May). Concurrent validation of an eye-tracking-based method for assessing attention allocation. Clinical Aphasiology Conference. Tucson, AZ.

Heuer, S. & Hallowell, B. (2012, November). Eye-tracking-based attention indices in aphasia: Evaluation of online sampling intervals.  Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.

Heuer, S. & Hallowell, B. (2012, June). Exploring online eye movement indices of attention allocation in aphasia. Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA.

Recent Funded Grants

UWM College of Health Sciences SEED Program 2013
Title: Validation of a New Eyetracking Method to Assess Attention Allocation in Young and Old Adults Using a Dual- task Paradigm

Courses Taught

  • COMSDIS 720: Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults
  • COMSDIS 690: Cognitive Communication Disorders in Adults
  • COMSDIS 220: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms