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Dr. Julius Fridriksson

SmartState Endowed Chair for SmartBRAIN® (Supporting Mobility, Activity, Rehabilitation, Transportation/Technology)



  • Aphasia and related communication disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain structure and function
  • Cognitive rehabilitation

Dr. Fridriksson’s has a long history of external research funding (exceeding $21M), primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including multimillion dollar research awards in the area of aphasia. He also leads USC’s Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery with collaborators at Johns Hopkins, the University of California-Irvine, and MUSC.

He received the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Clinical Advancement from the American Speech and Hearing Foundation in 2011, and the 2010 Researcher of the Year Award from the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina.

A USC Health Science Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging since 2012, his prior teaching experience includes various USC professorial positions of increasing responsibility, 2001-2012; and Research Fellow, University of Arizona, 1998-2001.

Dr.  Fridriksson earned his Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Arizona and both his M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and B.A. in Communicative Disorders from University of Central Florida.

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