Taryn R. Malcolm, PhD, MA, CCC-SLP

  • Assistant Professor
Taryn Malcolm

Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Neurolinguistics concentration, 2021    The Graduate Center, City University of New York — New York, NY

Master of Philosophy in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, 2020                                                     The Graduate Center, City University of New York — New York, NY

Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, 2009

Saint John’s University — Jamaica, NY

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, 2007

Saint John’s University — Jamaica, NY

Dr. Malcolm's research focuses on dynamic language processing in bilingual and bidialectal individuals and the related cross-linguistic influence that occurs, with a particular focus on Jamaican Creole-speaking individuals. This foundational research will provide the basis for examining bilingual and bidialectal individuals with acquired language disorders.

Other research projects currently examine how multilingual individuals with aphasia and neurodegenerative disorders respond to treatment methods, as well as the impact of self-disclosure on the outcome of communication exchanges for people with aphasia.

Prior to and during my doctoral work, I worked as an SLP in acute and subacute rehabilitation units in the New York City. From 2015-2019, I led the aphasia group at the Hunter College Speech and Hearing Center which was affiliated with the International Aphasia Movement (IAM). At Mercy University, I reinstated the aphasia group, as well as co-founding an intensive aphasia program in summer 2022.

During the Fall semester, Dr. Malcolm teaches two in-person courses, CMDS 510 - Neuroanatomy of Communication on the graduate level, and CMDS 310 - Organic Communication Disorders on the undergraduate level. During the spring semester Dr. Malcolm also supervises second year students in CMDS 611/612 – Colloquium I & II, which guides student capstone projects for graduation. One project examined the reliability of conducting a cranial nerve examination via teletherapy compared to in-person administration, the second examined the impact of higher education on grammar in speakers of Jamaican Creole and English, and the third project surveyed both people with aphasia and SLPs related to perspectives of self-disclosure of aphasia. In addition to academic coursework, Dr. Malcolm supervises student clinicians providing therapy in the on-campus clinic. 


Higby, E., Lerman, A., Korytkowska, M., Malcolm, T., & Obler, L. K. (2019). Aging as a confound in language attrition research. In Schmid, M. S., & Köpke, B. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Language Attrition. Oxford University Press.

Malcolm, T., Lerman, A., Korytkowska, M., Vonk, J., & Obler, L. K. (2019). Primary Progressive Aphasia in bilinguals and multilinguals. In Schwieter, J. W. (Ed.) The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism. Wiley-Blackwell.

Malcolm, T. R. (2021). Cross-linguistic morphosyntactic influence in bilingual speakers of Jamaican Creole and Jamaican English (Doctoral dissertation, City University of New York).

Lerman, A., Mais, D., Nissani, Y., & Malcolm, T. (2022). Preserving lexical retrieval skills across languages in a bilingual person with logopenic primary progressive aphasia. Aphasiology, 1-24.

De Santi, S., & Malcolm, T.R. Differentiating neuropathology, biomarkers, and clinical symptoms in dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease vs. primary progressive aphasia. In Goral, M. and Lerman, A. (Eds.) Advances in the Neurolinguistic Study of Multilingual and Monolingual Adults. Routledge.

In Preparation:

Lindsay, K.T., Malcolm, T., and Telford, S. Caribbean English: Essential Knowledge and Clinical Implications for Speech-Language Pathologists.

Grants and Awards

2023                                   Faculty Development Grant – Mercy University

                                           Cross-linguistic Morphosyntactic Influence in Bilingual Jamaican Creole-                                                English Speakers

2022                                   Faculty Senate Microgrant – Mercy University

                                           Methods of neural imaging to improve diagnostic and treatment outcomes                                             communication disorders

2021                                   Faculty Senate Microgrant – Mercy University

                                           Experiencing MRI to better understand communication disorders

2019                                   Doctoral Student Research Grant – The Graduate Center, CUNY

                                           Speech comprehension in noise: An fMRI study

2018                                   Advanced Research Collaborative Fellow (ARC)

                                           Morphological distinctions between Jamaican Creole and standardized                                                 English

2018                                   Research Mentor Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) – ASHA Conference

2018                                   Mentor/Mentee Travel Award – Academy of Aphasia

2017                                   Doctoral Student Research Grant– The Graduate Center, CUNY

                                           Grammatical differences between Jamaican Creole and English

2017                                   Martin Gitterman Teaching Award Recipient – The Graduate Center

2017                                   Moe and Hannah Bergman Scholarship Recipient