Faculty and Staff

Naomi Hashimoto


Associate Professor
member of graduate faculty



BS, Northwestern University , 1984
MS, University of Washington, 1987
PhD, Northwestern University, 2006

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Adult Cognitive Disorders

Research Interests:

Dr. Hashimoto's research interest involves the use of theory-based treatment approaches to improve naming deficits in individuals with aphasia. Different naming treatment conditions are typically compared to determine if differential treatment effects can be obtained.

Another research interest is examining how aging affects naming processes. Methodologies such as on-line measures (picture-word interference paradigms) have been used to determine activation patterns during naming in older adults. A related research area examines the relationship between working memory capabilities and vocabulary learning in older adults.

A final research interest area centers on examining how bilingual speakers’ lexicons are activated during the naming process. Current projects involve the use of strong cognates (lamp- English; lampara - Spanish), and weak cognates (dinosaur- English; dinosaurio - Spanish) to track the extent to which both lexical networks become activated during the course of naming.

Professional Activities:

  • Member-University Assessments Committee
  • Director- Aphasia Research Laboratory
  • Member-ASHA Special Interest Division 2
  • Member-Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Member-MSHA
  • Member-WSHA


  • Hashimoto, N., Johnson, B., & Peterson, A. (in press). The use of 1- or 3-associative primes in treating anomia in aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Hashimoto, N. (2016). The role of effects of thematic relations on picture naming abilities across the lifespan. Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition, 23, 499-512.
  • Hashimoto, N., Widman, B., Kiran, S., & Richards, M. A. (2013). A comparison of features and categorical cues to improve naming abilities in aphasia. Aphasiology.
  • Hashimoto, N. (2012). The use of semantic-and phonological-based feature approaches to treat naming deficits in aphasia, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 26, 518-533.
  • Hashimoto, N., & Fromme, A. (2011). The use of a modified semantic features analysis approach in aphasia. Journal of Communication Disorders, 44, 459-469.
  • Hashimoto, N., & Thompson, C. K. (2010). The use of the picture-word interference paradigm to examine naming abilities in aphasic individuals. Aphasiology, 24, 580-611.
  • Hashimoto, N., McGregor, K. K., & Graham, A. (2007). Conceptual organization at six and eight: Evidence from the semantic priming of object decisions, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50, 161-176.