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Portrait of Monica Hough 

Monica Hough, PhD, SLP

Dr. Hough has served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University since December 2011. Dr. Hough has been a practicing speech-language pathologist and has been involved in the development of clinical programs for graduate students from diverse backgrounds for over 30 years. She has taught Masters’ and Doctoral level coursework in aphasia, clinical management, motor speech disorders, research design, and cognitive-communicative impairments with numerous publications and presentations in various components of neurolinguistics and neuropathology and bilingualism including semantic organization, word retrieval, working memory and clinical issues relative to assessment and therapeutic intervention. Dr. Hough has an interest in exploring the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for reducing disinhibition and inappropriate behaviors often observed in individuals who have suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is also interested in the effects of cannabinoids on PTSD in these patients with TBI.  Dr. Monica Strauss Hough received a Master of Arts from the University of Florida in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. from Kent State University in Speech-Language Pathology with emphasis in Neurogenic Communication Disorders.