Connor, Lisa Tabor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L

Clinical Interests

Stroke rehabilitation; evidence-based rehabilitation practice; rehabilitation of functional cognition after neurological injury

Research Interests

Dr. Connor’s research interests include barriers and facilitators to participation in daily life after stroke, particularly for people with aphasia, and understanding the nature of participation

Teaching Roles

Dr. Connor is a mentor in PhD program in Rehabilitation and Participation Sciences (RAPS). She teaches RAPS Theory, Models and Classifications (M01 650) and RAPS Biopsychosocial Factors Affecting Performance (M01 660). She serves as research mentor for OTD students and MSOT students who take a research elective sequence.


2013: MS Occupational Therapy, Washington University, Program in Occupational Therapy
1992: PhD Experimental Psychology, Washington University
1990: MA Psychology, Washington University
1986: BA Psychology, Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Connor earned her PhD in experimental psychology and her master's degree in occupational therapy at Washington University. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Georgia Institute of Technology in Cognitive Aging and at the Boston VA Medical Center in Adult Communicative Disorders. She has been co-investigator on numerous interdisciplinary stroke recovery grants, and continues research on determinants of successful community reintegration and participation after stroke, especially in people with aphasia.

Selected Publications

Nicholas, M., Jennelle, L., Connor, L. T., Haynes, C., & Zipse, L. (2020). Do caregiver proxy reports and congruence of client–proxy activity participation goals relate to quality of life in people with aphasia?. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.

Pan SC, Cooke J, Little J, McDaniel MA, Foster E, Connor LT & Rickard TC. Quizzing on jargon terms enhances definition-focused but not conceptual exam performance in biology courses. CBE—Life Sciences Education, in press.

Foley EL, Nicholas ML, Baum CM & Connor LT. Influence of environmental factors on social participation post-stroke. Behavioural Neurology, 2019, doi:10.1155/2019/2606039.

Nicholas ML & Connor, LT. People with aphasia using AAC: Are executive functions important? Aphasiology, 2017, 31:7, 819-836, doi:10.1080/02687038.2016.125853

Carter AR, Martin C, Pioppo A, Foreman M, Fitterer S, Connor LT & Engsberg J. Inducing visuomotor adaptation using virtual reality gaming with a virtual shift as a treatment for unilateral spatial neglect. Journal of Intellectual Disability: Diagnosis and Treatment, 2016, 4:3, 170-184, doi: 10.6000/2292-2598.2016.04.03.4.

Babulal GM & Connor LT. The measure of stroke environment (MOSE): Development and validation of the MOSE in post-stroke populations with and without aphasia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 2016, 23:5, 348-357, doi:10.1080/10749357.2016.1143697.

Fucetola RP & Connor LT. Family ratings of communication largely reflect expressive language and conversation-level ability in people with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2015, doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0135.

Dunn W, Griffith JW, Sabata D, Morrison MT, MacDermid JC, Darragh A, Schaaf R, Dudgeon B, Connor LT, Carey L & Tanquary J. Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2015, 69:6903290020. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014845

Babulal GM, Huskey TN, Roe CM, Goette SA, Connor LT. Cognitive impairments and mood disruptions negatively impact instrumental activities of daily living performance in the first three months after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 2015, 22(2):144-151. doi:10.1179/1074935714Z.0000000012

Corbetta M, Ramsey L, Callejas A, Baldassarre A, Hacker CD, Siegel JS, Astafiev SV, Rengachary J, Zinn K, Lang CE, Connor LT, Fucetola, Strube MJ, Carter AR & Shulman G. Common behavioral clusters and subcortical anatomy in stroke, Neuron, 2015, 85, 927-841. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.02.027

Bland MD, Whitson M, Harris H, Edmiaston J, Connor LT, Fucetola R, Carter A, Corbetta M & Lang C. Descriptive data analysis examining how standardized assessments are used to guide post-acute discharge recommendations for rehabilitation services after stroke. Physical Therapy, 2015, 95:710-719. doi:10.2522/ptj.20140347


Lindsten-McQueen K, Weiner NW, Wang H-Y, Josman N, Connor LT. Systematic review of apraxia treatments to improve occupational outcomes. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 2014, 34(4):183-192. doi:10.3928/15394492-20141006-02

Curfman D, Connor LT, Moy HP, Heitsch L, Panagos P, Lee J-M, Tan DK, Ford AL. Accuracy of Emergency Medical Services-Reported last known normal times in patients suspected with acute stroke, Stroke, 2014, 45:1275-1279. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.003955

Eriksson G, Baum MC, Wolf TJ, Connor LT. Perceived participation after stroke: The influence of activity retention, reintegration, and perceived recovery. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2013, 67:e131-e138. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008292

Edmiaston J, Connor LT, Steger-May K, & Ford AL. A simple bedside stroke dysphagia screen, validated against video-fluoroscopy, detects dysphagia and aspirations with high sensitivity, Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2014, 23(4):712-16. doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2013.06.030

Bland MD, Sturmoski A, Whitson M, Harris H, Connor LT, Fucetola R, Edmiaston J, Huskey T, Carter A, Kramper M, Corbetta M, Lang CE. Clinician adherence to a standardized assessment battery across settings and disciplines in a post-stroke rehabilitation population. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013, 94(6):1048-1053. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2013.02.004

Wolf TJ, Brey JK, Baum CM, Connor LT. Activity participation difference between younger and older individuals with stroke. Brain Impairment, 2012, 13(1):16-23. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2012.1

Bland MD, Sturmoski A, Whitson M, Connor LT, Fucetola R, Huskey T, Corbetta M, Lang CE. Prediction of discharge walking ability from initial assessment in a stroke inpatient rehabilitation facility, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012, 93:1441-1447. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2012.02.029

Tucker FM, Edwards DF, Mathews LK, Baum CM, Connor LT. Modifying health outcome measures for people with aphasia, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2012, 66:42-50. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.001255

Connor LT, Maier AH. Putting executive performance in a theoretical context, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 2011, 31(1):S3-S7. doi:10.3928/15394492-20101108-02

Lang CE, Bland MD, Connor LT, Fucetola RP, Whitson M, Edmiaston J, Karr C, Sturmoski A, Baty J, Corbetta M. The brain recovery core: Building a system of organized stroke rehabilitation and outcome assessment across the continuum of care, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2011, 35:194-201. doi:10.1097/NPT.0b013e318235dc07

Acharya A, Nyirenda JC, Higgs GB, Bloomfield MS, Cruz-Flores S, Connor LT, Lee J-M, Leet T. Distance from home to hospital and thrombolytic utilization for acute ischemic stroke, Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2011, 20(4):295-301. doi:10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2009.12.009

Tamez E, Myerson J, Morris L, White DA, Baum CM, Connor LT. Assessing executive abilities following acute stroke with the Trail Making Test and Digit Span, Behavioural Neurology, 2011, 24(3):177-185. doi: 10.3233/BEN-2011-0328

Carter AR, Astafiev SV, Lang CE, Connor LT, Rengachary J, Strube M, Pope DLW, Shulman G, Corbetta M. Resting interhemispheric functional magnetic resonance imaging connectivity predicts performance after stroke, Annals of Neurology, 2010, 67:365-375. doi:10.1002/ana.21905

White DA, Connor LT, Nardos B, Shimony JS, Archer R, Snyder AZ, Grange DK, Steiner RD, McKinstry RC. Age-related decline in the microstructural integrity of white matter in children with early- and continuously-treated PKU: A DTI study of the corpus callosum, Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 2010, 99:S41-S46. doi:10.1016/j.ymgme.2009.09.016

Wolf TJ, Stift S, Connor LT, Baum CM. Feasibility of the EFPT at the acute stage of stroke to detect executive function deficits that impact return to work, WORK, 2010, 36(4):405-412. doi:10.3233/WOR-2010-1045

Fucetola R, Connor LT, Strube MJ, Corbetta M. Unraveling nonverbal cognitive performance in acquired aphasia, Aphasiology, 2009, 23(12):1418-1426. doi:10.1080/02687030802514938

Edmiaston J, Connor LT, Loehr L, Nassief A. Validation of a dysphagia screening tool in acute stroke patients, American Journal of Critical Care, 2010, 19(4):357-364. doi:10.4037/ajcc2009961

Wolf TJ, Baum CM, Connor LT. The changing face of stroke: Implications for occupational therapy practice, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2009, 63(5):621-625. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.5.621

Ford AL, Connor LT, Tan D, Williams JA, Lee J-M, Nassief AM. Resident-based acute stroke protocol is expeditious and safe, Stroke, 2009, 40:1512-1514. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.527770

Fair DA, Snyder AZ, Connor LT, Nardos B, Corbetta M. Task-evoked BOLD responses are normal in areas of diaschisis after stroke, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2009, 23(1): 52-57. doi:10.1177/1545968308317699

Baum CM, Connor LT, Morrison MT, Hahn M, Dromerick AW, Edwards DF, The reliability, validity, and clinical utility of the Executive Function Performance Test: A measure of executive function in a sample of persons with stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2008, 62(4):446-455. doi:10.5014/ajot.62.4.446

Goral M, Spiro A III, Albert ML, Obler LK, Connor LT, Change in lexical retrieval skills in adulthood. Mental Lexicon, 2007, 2(2):215-238. doi:10.1075/ml.2.2.05gor

Fucetola R, Connor LT, Perry J, Leo P, Tucker FM, Corbetta M, Aphasia severity, semantics and depression predict functional communication in acquired aphasia. Aphasiology, 2006, 20(5):449-461. doi:10.1080/02687030500390177

Connor LT, Braby TD, Snyder AZ, Lewis C, Blasi V, Corbetta M, Cerebellar activity switches hemispheres with cerebral recovery in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 2005, 44(2):171-177. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2005.05.019

MacKay AJ, Connor LT, Storandt M, Dementia does not explain correlation between age and scores on Boston Naming Test. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 2005, 20:129-133. doi:10.1016/j.acn.2004.03.006

Connor LT, Spiro III A, Obler LK, Albert ML, Change in object naming ability during adulthood. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 2004, 59B:P203-P209. doi:10.1093/geronb/59.5.P203

Connor LT, Blasi V, Young AC, Tucker FM, Snyder AZ, Kwentus AB, Lewis C, Corbetta M, Longitudinal fMRI study of aphasia recovery in frontal stroke. Brain and Language, 2004, 91(1):82-83. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2004.06.044

Wiener DA, Connor LT, Obler LK, Inhibition and auditory comprehension in Wernicke’s aphasia. Aphasiology, 2004, 18:599-609. doi:10.1080/02687030444000228

MacKay AJ, Connor LT, Albert ML, Obler LK, Noun and verb retrieval in healthy aging. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2002, 8:764-770. doi:10.1017/S1355617702860040

Nakaaki S, Nakanishi M, Fujiwara N, Hamajima H, Nakamura H, Yoshida S, Sato J, Tatsumi H, Furuhasi K, Furukawa T, Connor LT, Lindfield KC, Albert ML, Cognitive patterns of good and poor namers in old age. Psychogeriatrics, 2002, 2:35-39. doi:10.1111/j.1479-8301.2002.tb00031.x

Connor LT, Obler LK, Tocco MJ, Fitzpatrick PM, Albert ML, Effect of socio-economic status on aphasia severity and recovery. Brain & Language, 2001, 78:254-257. doi:10.1006/brln.2001.2459

Connor LT, Memory in old age: Patterns of decline and preservation. Seminars in Speech and Language, 2001, 22:117-125. doi:10.1055/s-2001-13936

Barresi BA, Nicholas M, Connor LT, Obler LK, Albert ML, Semantic degradation and lexical access in age-related naming failures. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 2000, 7:169-178. doi:10.1076/1382-5585(200009)7:3;1-Q;FT169

Connor LT, MacKay AJ, White DA, Working memory: A foundation for executive abilities and higher-order cognitive skills. Seminars in Speech and Language, 2000, 21:109-119. doi:10.1055/s-2000-7559

Connor LT, Albert ML, Helm-Estabrooks N, Obler LK, Attentional modulation of language performance. Brain & Language, 2000, 71:52-55. doi:10.1006/brln.1999.2210

Albert ML, Connor LT, Obler LK, Brain, language, and environment. Brain & Language, 2000, 71:4-6. doi:0.1006/brln.1999.2196

Earles JL, Connor LT, Smith AD, Park, DC, Interrelations of age, self-reported health, speed, and memory. Psychology and Aging, 1997, 12:675-683. doi:10.1037/0882-7974.12.4.675

Earles JL, Connor LT, Frieske D, Park DC, Smith AD, Zwahr M, Age differences in inhibition: Possible causes and consequences. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 1997, 4:45-57. doi:10.1080/13825589708256635

Dunlosky J, Connor LT, Age differences in the allocation of study time account for age differences in memory performance. Memory & Cognition, 1997, 25:691-700. doi:10.3758/BF03211311

Connor LT, Dunlosky J, Hertzog C, Age-related differences in absolute but not relative metamemory accuracy. Psychology and Aging, 1997, 12:50-71. doi:10.1037//0882-7974.12.1.50

Ferraro FR, Balota DA, Connor LT, Implicit memory and the formation of new associations in nondemented Parkinson’s disease individuals and individuals with Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type: A serial reaction time (SRT) investigation. Brain and Cognition, 1993: 21:163–180. doi:10.1006/brcg.1993.1013

Connor LT, Balota DA, Neely JH, On the relation between feeling of knowing and lexical decision: Persistent subthreshold activation or topic familiarity? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 1992: 18:544–554. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.18.3.544

Book Chapters and Others

Connor LT & Baum CM. Activity Card Sort as an essential tool to obtain an occupational history and profile in individuals with mental health challenges. In B. J. Hemphill-Pearson and C. K. Urish (Eds.). Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health: An Integrative Approach (3rd Ed.) 2019:77-90. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Berger S, Escher A, Hildebrand M & Connor LT. Modifying outcome measures to support participation for people with aphasia. OT Practice, June 2017:10-13.

Evenson ME, Connor LT. Perspectives on the doctoral experiential component. OT Practice, May 2015:17-19.

Babulal GM, Connor LT. Core concepts in emotional regulation and psychosocial issues following stroke. In TJ Wolf (Ed.). Stroke: Interventions to support occupational performance. 2014:187-209. Bethesda MD: AOTA Press.

Connor LT, Wolf TJ, Foster ER, Hildebrand MW, Baum CM. Participation and engagement in occupation in adults with disabilities. D. Pierce (Ed.). Occupational Science for Occupational Therapists. 2013:107-120. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Connor LT. Language. In LM Carey (Ed.), Stroke rehabilitation: Insights from neuroscience and imaging, 2012:222-230. New York, Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group.

Carey LM, Polatajko HJ, Connor LT, Baum CM. Stroke rehabilitation: A learning perspective. In C. Carey (Ed.), Stroke rehabilitation: Insights from neuroscience and imaging, 2012:11-23. New York, Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group.

Connor LT, Fucetola RP. Assessment of attention in people with aphasia: Challenges and recommendations, Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 2011, 21(2):55-63.

Fitzpatrick PM, Obler LK, Spiro III A, Connor LT. Longitudinal study of recovery from aphasia: The case of lexical retrieval. In M. Faust (Ed.). Handbook of the neuropsychology of language: Advances in the neural substrates of language: Toward a synthesis of basic science and clinical research, 2012:700-719. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Carter A, Connor LT, Dromerick AW. Rehabilitation after stroke: State of the science. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, 2010, 10:158-166.


Corbetta M, Connor LT, Neurological recovery after stroke. In M D’Esposito (Ed.). Functional MRI: Applications in Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry, 2006:137-156. Oxford: Taylor & Francis Group.

Connor LT, Obler LK, Anomia. In Encyclopedia of the Human Brain, 2002. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Connor LT, Obler, LK (Eds.), Neurobehavior of language and cognition: Studies of normal aging and brain damage, 2000. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Nicholas M, Connor LT, Obler LK, Albert ML, Aging, language, and language disorders. In MT Sarno (Ed.). Acquired Aphasia, 3rd Edition 1998:418-449. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Balota DA, Ferraro FR, Connor LT, On the early influence of meaning in word recognition: A review of the literature. In P Schwanenflugel (Ed.), The psychology of word meanings, 1991:187-222. Hillsdale, NJ: LEA.


2018: Centennial Emerging Leader Alumni Award, Washington University School of Medicine Occupational Therapy Program
2017: Partners in Excellence Award (Teamwork), Interprofessional HealthCare Partnership for Chronic Care
2017: Partners in Excellence Award (Teamwork), IMPACT Practice Center Design Team
2010: ERRIS Intensive Workshop on Grant Writing, Preparation, and Submission in Rehabilitation Research, selected as a participant
2008: Pi Theta Epsilon, the Occupational Therapy Honor Society, inducted as Honorary Member, voted by student members
1994: Southeastern Center for Applied Aging Research Seed Grant
1991: Sigma Xi Dissertation Grant-in-Aid of Research

Connor, Lisa Tabor

Connor, Lisa Tabor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L

Associate Dean and Director of Occupational Therapy
Elias Michael Professor of Occupational Therapy and Professor of Neurology
Director, Division of Research

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