Dr Barbra Zupan Exercise and Health Sciences / School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences

Assoc Prof/HOC - Speech Pathology

Contact Details

Email: b.zupan@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (07) 4930 9265 - Ext: 59265

Office Location

2.27

Building 34

2.27

Building 34

About Me

I am Head of Course for CB87 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and Associate Professor at Central Queensland University Australia, based at the Rockhampton North Campus.

I am originally from Canada where I received an undergraduate degree in Applied Linguistics with a focus on Communication Disorders. In 2000, I graduated with my Masters in Speech Pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduating, I worked in the preschool sector, primarily assisting children with hearing loss to listen and talk using an auditory verbal approach. I also did worked with children who had disfluency, speech, and language challenges. In 2005, I returned to the State University of New York at Buffalo to complete a PhD in Speech Pathology. My dissertation focused on how children and adults perceive and integrate visual and auditory cues of emotion. This work extended into research with people with traumatic brain injury, with a focus on emotion recognition, empathy, alexithymia, and sex differences. In addition to publishing in academic networks, I am committed to transferring research to the community by working with clinicians to introduce them to the emotional recognition treatment programs I have created alongside my team of international researchers.

My primary aim in teaching is to create an enthusiasm for learning through a facilitative environment that challenges students to think independently. I aim to make the class facilitative, interactive, and engaging regardless of class size by creating a positive and respectful environment. I encourage students to not only respond to questions I may ask, but to provide their own comments and questions that will further the discussion and thus their understanding of a particular topic.

Universities Studied At

Brock University, St. Catharines, ON Canada (BA Honours in Applied Linguistics, Communication Disorders Stream)

State University of New York at Buffalo, MA and PhD in Speech Pathology


Universities Worked At

Brock University, St. Catharines, ON Canada

Department of Applied Linguistics, January 2003-July 2017

Awards

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) BI-ISIG Early Career Best Poster Award. Inferring Emotion in Social Stories by People with Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at ACRM Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, October 2013.

Media Citations

Hlady-McDonald, V., & Zupan, B. (Spring, 2011). Helping parents choose communication options. Communique, 20-21.

Hlady-McDonald, V., & Zupan, B. (Fall, 2010). Communication options for children with hearing loss: Helping parents make a choice for their child. Exceptional Family.

Professional Memberships
Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia
Responsibilities
Head of Course and Associate Professor, Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
Professional Interests

Research Interests:

Traumatic Brain Injury

Recognition of facial and vocal emotion expressions following traumatic brain injury (TBI); empathy capabilities following TBI, sex differences in areas of social cognition generally following TBI; treatment of social cognition deficits following TBI

Hearing Loss

I am interested in how modes of communication impact perception and integration of facial and vocal cues (for speech perception and emotion) for children and adults with hearing loss

Emotion Recognition Across the Lifespan

I am currently working towards building a new test of emotion recognition that includes both static and dynamic visual stimuli, and auditory stimuli with both semantically neutral and emotionally congruent/incongruent verbal language. I am interested in expanding the emotions typically assessed in currently available tests of this nature and to norm these stimuli across the lifespan so we may learn more about how emotion recognition develops and changes within and across the different modalities.

Book Chapters

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Eberle, R. (2019). Social cognition. In J.M. Silver, T.W. McAllister, & D.B. Archineigas (Eds). Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury (3rd Edition), pp. 281-297. Washington: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Zupan, B. (2013). The role of audition in audiovisual perception of speech and emotion in children with hearing loss. In P. Belin, S. Campanella & T. Ethofer (Eds.), Integrating the Face and Voice in Person Perception (pp 299-323). New York: Springer.

Papers in Refereed Proceedings

Zupan, B. & Shiah, M. (2010). Examining vocal affect in natural versus acted expressions of emotion. Canadian Acoustics, 38(3), 114-115. Proceedings of the annual conference of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Victoria, B.C.

Refereed Abstracts

Zupan, B. & Togher, L. (2017, December). What ingredients contribute to effective treatmentof social cognition? Brain Impairment, 19(3), 294

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D., & Willer, B. (2016, May). Sex differences in affective and cognitive empathy following severe TBI. Brain Injury, 31(6-7),743.

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D., & Willer, B. (2016, May). Gender differences in affect recognition and empathy following traumatic brain injury, Brain Injury, 30 (5-6), 597.

Zupan, B. Neumann, D., Babbage, D., & Willer, B. (2014, April-May). Using social stories to assess emotional inferencing of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), Brain Injury, 28(5-6), 594

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2013, October). Inferring emotion in social stories by people with traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(10), e39

Zupan, B. & Neumann, D. (2012, April-May). Using emotional and neutral film clips to investigate impaired affect recognition and empathic responses after TBI. Brain Injury, 26(4-5), 363.

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Hammond, F. (2012, April-May). Do affect recognition and alexithymia contribute to empathy after traumatic brain injury? Brain Injury, 26(4-5), 366.

Willer, B., Neumann, D., Radnovich, A., Zupan, B., Babbage, D., & Tomita, M. (2012, April-May). Loss of sense of smell from traumatic brain injury and perceived changes in empathy and interpersonal support. Brain Injury, 26(4-5), 440.

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Bartel, S., & Hammond, F. (2011, October). Using film clips to assess affect recognition and empathy in people with and without TBI. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(10), p.1721.

Willer, B., Neumann, D., Radnovich, A.J., Babbage, D., Zupan, B., & Tomita, M. (2011, September). Empathy, affect recognition and dysosmia in persons with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(5), 413.

Yim, J., Babbage, D.R., Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2011, July). The relationship between cognitive functioning and facial affect recognition difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Brain Impairment, 12 (Suppl. 1), 34.

Invited Papers/Speaker

Zupan, B. (2019, March). Building Emotional Connections Through Increased Awareness of Social Cognition. Keynote for the International Brain Injury Association’s 13th World Congress on Brain Injury, Toronto, ON.

Zupan, B. (2018, October). Nonverbal Emotion Recognition Following TBI. Presentation for the Interdisciplinary Lifespan Development Colloquium. Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS.

Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (2018, March). Social Cognition Deficits following TBI: Evidence- Based Assessment and Treatment Recommendations. Webinar presented to rehabilitation staff at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Health Care, Pomona, CA.

Zupan, B. (2018, January). Emotion recognition dysfunction following TBI: Assessment of sex differences and therapeutic interventions. Paper presented at the Brain Injury Summit, Vail, CO.

Neumann, D., & Zupan, B. (2018, January). Social Cognition. Symposium presented at the Brain Injury Summit, Vail, CO.

Zupan, B. (2017, March). Treating Emotion Recognition Following TBI: A Workshop. Epworth Rehabilitation, Melbourne, Australia.

Zupan, B. (2017, March). Treating Emotion Recognition Following TBI: A Workshop. Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

Zupan, B. (2017, February). Recognizing emotions in others: A treatable problem following TBI. Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service (ABIOS), Brisbane, Australia

Zupan, B. (2016, February). Assessing and treating emotion recognition deficits following TBI. Alfred Health ABI Unit and Monash University. Melbourne, Australia.

Zupan, B. (2015, January). Emotion recognition dysfunction following TBI: Assessment and therapeutic interventions. Brain Injury Summit, Vail, Colorado.

Hawley, L., Newman, J., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Turkstra, L. (2015, January). Self-awareness and emotional dysregulation rehabilitation. Brain Injury Summit, Vail, Colorado.

Zupan, B. (2014, April). Supporting literacy development for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children and the Niagara Catholic School Board, Niagara, Falls, ON.

Willer, B.S., & Zupan, B. (2013, October) Treatment of facial affect recognition impairment after traumatic brain injury. College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) Energized by Excellence Conference Toronto, ON.

Neumann, D., Babbage, D., Zupan, B, Hammond, F., & Willer, B. (2013, September). An evidence-based approach to treatment of impaired emotion recognition among individuals with TBI. Brain Injury Association of Indiana Fall Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Zupan, B. (2012, June). Problems recognizing emotion after brain injury. Plenary speaker for Brain Injury Awareness Day, Vista Centre Brain Injury Services conference, Ottawa, ON.

Zupan, B. (2011, August). Assessing affect recognition and emotional responses in persons with traumatic brain injury. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University, School of Medicine. Indianapolis, IN.

Zupan, B. & Dempsey, L. (2011, May). Reading and writing in children with hearing loss. Annual conference for VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children. Guelph, ON

Zupan, B. (2009, November). Emotion recognition and elicitation. Featured Colloquium Speaker. University of North Carolina (Sponsored by the Health Services Research Academy, Communication Studies Department, Interdisciplinary Health Psychology PhD program, and Carolinas Medical Center). Charlotte, NC.

Zupan, B., & Dempsey, L. (2009, October). Connecting speech perception and story comprehension in children with hearing loss. Psychology Seminar Series at Massey University. Wellington, NZ.

Zupan, B. (2008, April). Bimodal perception of visual and auditory cues of emotion across the lifespan. Center for Cognitive Science Colloquium, University at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY.

Zupan, B. (2007, March). Strategies in dysphagia. Guest speaker for CDS 685: Dysphagia.Graduate course in Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Buffalo, NY.

Zupan, B. (2205, June). Auditory Verbal Therapy. Guest speaker for CDS 680: Cochlear Implants. Graduate course in Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department, University at Buffalo. State University of New York. Buffalo, NY.

Zupan, B. (2005, February). Auditory Verbal Therapy. Guest speaker for CDS 680: Cochlear Implants. Graduate course in Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department, University at Buffalo. State University of New York. Buffalo, NY.

Refereed Conferences

Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (March). Processing self-emotions after brain injury: Women have more to lose than men. Paper presented at the International Brain Injury Association’s 13th World Congress on Brain Injury, Toronto, ON.


Neumann, D., & Zupan, B(June). The association of emotionally congruent responses with emotion recognition accuracy after brain injuryPaper presented at the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on TBI (FICTBI), Washington, D.C.


Zupan, B. & Neumann, D. (May). Are emotionally congruent responses associated with emotion recognition and empathy for people with traumatic brain injury? Paper presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference. Adelaide, SA.


Zupan, B., & Togher, L. (May). What ingredients contribute to effective treatment of social cognition? How To Session presented at the 41st Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Conference. Adelaide, SA.


Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Eberle, R. (October). What you need to know about assessment and treatment of social cognition after brain injury. Symposium presented at the ACRM 94th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), Atlanta, GA.

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Eberle, R. (2017, March). Assessing aspects of social cognition following traumatic brain injury. Symposium presented at the International Brain Injury Association’s 12th World Congress on Brain Injury, New Orleans, LA.


Zupan, B. (2017, March). Sex differences in affective and cognitive empathy following severe traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the International Brain Injury Association’s 12th World Congress on Brain Injury, New Orleans, LA.


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2016, March). Sex differences in affect recognition and empathy following traumatic brain injury. Symposium presented at the International Brain Injury Association’s 11th World Congress on Brain Injury, den Haag, Netherlands.


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2016, March). Exploring sex differences in treatment outcomes for facial affect recognition and emotional inferencing following TBI. Symposium presented at the International Brain Injury Association’s 11th World Congress on Brain Injury, den Haag, Netherlands.


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2015, October). Gender differences in affect recognition and emotional inferencing following traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Conference, Dallas, TX.


Zupan, B. (2014, November). Affect recognition and empathic responses to enriched film clips following traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the Toronto ABI Network Conference, Toronto, ON.

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2014, October). Socio-emotional factors associated with relationship stress after TBI. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Conference. Toronto, ON.


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2014, March). Using social stories to assess emotion inferencing of people with traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the International Brain Injury Association’s 10th World Congress on Brain Injury, San Francisco, CA.


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2013, November). Inferring emotion in social stories by people with traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Conference, Orlando, Florida.


Willer, B, & Zupan, B. (2013, October). Treatment of facial affect recognition impairment after traumatic brain injury. Session presented at the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, Energized by Excellence Conference, Toronto, ON.


Willer, B., Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Babbage, D.R. (2013, October). Assessment and treatment of emotion recognition impairment after brain injury. Short course presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.


Willer, B. Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Babbage, D.R. (2012, October). An evidence based approach to treatment of impaired emotion recognition among individuals with TBISymposium presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.


Zupan, B., Babbage, D.R., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2012, September). Recognition of nonverbal facial and vocal affect after traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the North American Brain Injury Society’s Tenth Annual Conference on Brain Injury, Miami, FL.


Dempsey, L., & Zupan, B. (2012, May). Building emergent literacy skills of children with hearing impairment. Mini-seminar presented at the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), St. John’s, New Brunswick.


Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (2012, March). Using emotional and neutral film clips to investigate impaired affect recognition and empathic responses after TBI. Paper presentation at the Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Hammond. F. (2012, March). Do affect recognition and alexithymia contribute to empathy after traumatic brain injury? Paper presentation at the Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Willer, B., Neumann, D., Radnovich, A., Zupan, B., Babbage, D., & Tomita, M. (2012, March). Loss of sense of smell from traumatic brain injury and perceived changes in empathy and interpersonal support. Paper presentation at the Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Zupan, B., & Southon, J. (2011, November). Perception of emotion expressions by adults with acquired hearing loss. Paper presentation at the American, Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA.


Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (2011, November). Affect recognition of multimodal emotion expressions by persons with TBI. Poster presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA.


Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Bartel, S., & Hammond, F. (2011, October). Using film clips to assess affect recognition and empathy in people with and without TBI. Poster presentation at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Educational Conference, Atlanta, GA.


Willer, B., Neumann, D., Radnovich, A.J., Babbage, D., Zupan, B., & Tomita, M. (2011, September). Empathy, affect recognition and dysosmia in persons with traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the North American Brain Injury Society’s Ninth Annual Conference on Brain Injury, New Orleans, LA.


Yim, J., Babbage, D.R., Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2011, July). The relationship between cognitive functioning and facial affect recognition difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Poster presentation at the International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting/ASSBI xc4th Pacific Rim Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.


Zupan, B. (2011, June). Studying emotional responses in persons with traumatic brain injurySymposium presented with Turkstra, L., & Neumann, D at the 3rd Federal Interagency Conference on TBI, Washington, DC.


Zupan, B. (2010, October). Improving interpersonal competence in individuals with TBI. Symposium presented with Willer, B., Sander, A., Babbage, D., Clark, A., Neumann, D., & Struchen, M. at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine educational conference, Montreal, QC.


Zupan, B. & Shiah, M. (2010, October). Examining vocal affect in natural versus acted expressions of emotion. Paper presented at the Canadian Acoustical Association conference, Victoria, BC.


Zupan, B., & Dempsey, L. (2009, November). Speech perception and story comprehension in children with hearing loss: A pilot study. Paper presented at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.


Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (2009, October). Training for emotional inferencing difficulties in TBI. Invited Speaker. Panel Discussion on Emotion Perception with Willer, B., Wood, R., DePompei, R., & Rempel, R. at North American Brain Injury Conference, Austin, TX.


Dempsey, L., & Zupan, B. (2009, June). Story comprehension in children with hearing loss: Case studies of two preschool age children. Poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.


Yim, J., Babbage, D., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2009, July). An overview of two treatments for the affect recognition difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the AFRM/NIRR/NZRA conference, incorporating the 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of AFRM. Queenstown, New Zealand.


Babbage, D., Yim, J., Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2009, July). Magnitude of affect recognition difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the AFRM/NIRR/NZRA conference, incorporating the 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of AFRM. Queenstown, New Zealand.


Zupan, B., & Sussman, J.E. (2008, November). Bimodal processing of visual and auditory cues of emotion in children and adults: The effects of valence and modality preferences. Poster presentation at the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association Convention, Chicago, ILL.


Thompson, K., & Zupan, B. (2008, November). A new paradigm for the elicitation of natural emotion. Poster presentation at the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association Convention,Chicago, ILL.


Zupan, B., & Sussman, J. (2007, November). Does therapy approach affect modality preference in children with hearing loss?. Paper presented at the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2007, November). Affect recognition treatment programs: Parallels between Autism and TBI. Paper presented at the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.


Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2007, October). Controlled study of affect recognition training for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Washington, DC.


Zupan, B., & Sussman, J. (2006, November). Evaluating auditory dominance in young children. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference, Miami, FL.


Neumann, D., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2006, September). Treatment for individuals with deficits in affect recognition. Paper presented at the Brain Injury Conference of the Americas, sponsored by the North American Brain Injury Society, Miami, FL.


Tjaden, K., & (Zupan) Schoonings, B. (1999, November). The effect of speaking rate on vowel production in Parkinson’s Disease. Poster presented at the convention of Acoustical Society of America, Columbus, OH.


Tjaden, K., & (Zupan) Schoonings, B. (1999, November). Coarticulatory patterns in Parkinson Disease. Poster presented at Motor Speech Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Grants

External Grants

2019 Zupan, B. (CI), Eskritt, M. (PI), Browne, M. (CI). Factors that influence emotion perception across the lifespan. Discovery Project submitted for funded commencing in 2020 (DP200101911). FUNDING REQUESTED: $406 885

2008 Willer, B. Neumann, D., Zupan, B (PI for Canadian site). Babbage D., & Tomita, M.Controlled study of affect recognition training for individuals with traumatic brain injury. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research H133G080043, 2008-2012 FUNDED: $600 000

Internal Grants

2019 Zupan, B., Vandelenotte, C., & Stanton R. Does physical activity improve social cognition for people with traumatic brain injury? CQUniversity Research Office. FUNDED: $20 000

2018 Zupan, B. Examination of cross-cultural differences in the expression and perception of facial and vocal emotion expressions. CQUniversity International Research Collaboration Award Scheme. FUNDED: $5000

2016 Zupan, B. Validation of film clips to elicit emotion in a laboratory setting. Council for Research in Social Sciences, Brock University. FUNDED: $2962.50

2016 Zupan, B. Awarded funds for research support in recognition of my strong ranking in the 2015 SSHRC Insight Grant competition. Office of Research Services, Brock University. FUNDED: $3500

2015 Zupan, B. Awarded funds for research support in recognition of SSHRC 4A status. Office of Research Services, Brock University. FUNDED: $2500

2014 Zupan, B. Using unimodal and multimodal media to study emotion recognition in a laboratory setting. Council for Research In Social Sciences, Brock University. FUNDED: $1900

2014 Zupan, B. Awarded funds for research support in recognition of SSHRC 4A status. Office of Research Services, Brock University. FUNDED: $2500

2014 Zupan, B. Awarded funds for research support in recognition of SSHRC 4A status. Humanities Research Institute, Brock University. FUNDED: $1200

2013 Zupan, B. Inferring emotion in social stories by people with traumatic brain injury. Dean’s Travel Award. Faculty of Humanities. Brock University. FUNDED: $650

2013 Zupan, B. Validation of film clips to elicit emotion in viewers. Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University. FUNDED: $1650

2013 Zupan, B. Awarded funds for research support in recognition of SSHRC 4A status. Office of Research Services, Brock University. FUNDED: $2000

2013 Zupan, B. Awarded funds for research support in recognition of SSHRC 4A status. Humanities Research Institute, Brock University. FUNDED: $3000

2013 Zupan, B. Categorizing words used to describe facial and vocal expression of emotion. Department of Applied Linguistics, Brock University. FUNDED: $1500.

2012 Zupan, B. Assessment and treatment of emotion recognition impairment after brain injury. Dean’s Travel Award, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. FUNDED: $650

2011 Zupan, B. Perception of emotion expressions by adults with acquired hearing loss. Dean’s Travel Award, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. FUNDED: $650

2011 Zupan, B. Acoustic analyses of vocal expressions of emotion. Humanities Research Institute, Brock University. FUNDED: $1500

2011 Zupan, B. Facial affect coding of visual expressions of emotion. Experience Works, Brock University. FUNDED: $2102.82

2010 Zupan, B. Perception of bimodal facial and vocal cues of emotion in adults with and without hearing loss. Humanities Research Institute, Brock University. FUNDED: $1200

2010 Zupan, B. Using emotional film clips to assess affect recognition and emotional responses in persons with and without traumatic brain injury. Humanities Research Institute, Brock University. FUNDED: $2859

2009 Zupan, B. Speech perception and story comprehension in children with hearing loss: A pilot study. Dean’s Travel Award, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. FUNDED: $650

2009 Zupan, B. Establishing a set of novel excerpts to elicit emotion in a laboratory setting. Humanities Research Institute, Brock University. FUNDED: $1700

2008. Zupan, B. Investigating the effectiveness of film versus text in eliciting emotion in a laboratory setting. Brock SSHRC Institutional Grant (BSIG), Brock University. FUNDED: $3500

2008 Zupan, B. Bimodal Processing of Visual and Auditory Cues of Emotion in children and Adults: The Effects of Valence and Modality Preferences. Dean’s Travel Award, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. FUNDED: $650

2008 Zupan, B. Establishing a film set to elicit emotions in a laboratory setting. Department of Applied Linguistics Research Award, Brock University. FUNDED: $4182

2007 Zupan, B. Bimodal perception of visual and auditory cues of emotion from early childhood to early adulthood. Mark Diamond Research Fund, Graduate Student Association, University at Buffalo, 2007. FUNDED: $1450

2007 Zupan, B. Does therapy approach affect modality preference in children with hearing loss?.Department of Applied Linguistics Conference and Colloquia Travel Award, Brock University. FUNDED: $900

2007 Zupan, B. Perception of bimodal cues of emotion. Department of Applied Linguistics Research Award, Brock University. FUNDED: $2350

2007 Zupan, B. Speech Perception Laboratory. Department of Applied Linguistics EquipmentAward, Brock University. FUNDED: $1543

Refereed Articles

Neumann, D., & Zupan, B. (2019). Empathic responses to affective film clips following brain injury and the association with emotion recognition accuracy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(3), 458-463. doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.07.431


Babbage, D., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2018). Sex differences in response to emotion recognition training after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 32(12), 1492-1499. doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2018.1497811


Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2018). Sex-based differences in affective and cognitive empathy following traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 32(5), 554-563. doi:10.1037/neu0000462.

Zupan, B., Babbage, D.R., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2017). Sex differences in emotion recognition and emotional inferencing following severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 36-48. doi: 10.1017/BrImp.2016.22

Zupan, B., & Babbage, D.R. (online). Film clips and narrative text as subjective emotion elicitation techniques. Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2016.1208138

Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (2016). Exploring the use of isolated expressions and film clips to evaluate emotion recognition by people with traumatic brain injury. Journal Of Visual Experiments, 111, e53774. doi: 10.3791/53774.

Zupan, B., Babbage, D.R., & Sussman, J.E. (2015). Modality dominance in the perception of incongruent bimodal emotion expressions. Advances in Applied Psychology, 1(1), 35-46.

Zupan, B. (2015). Recognition of high and low intensity facial and vocal expressions of emotion by children and adults. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(4), 332-344.

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., & Willer, B. (2015). Exploration of a new tool assessing emotional inferencing after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 29 (7-8), 877-887 doi: 10.3109/02699052.2015.101233

Zupan, B., Babbage, D.R., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2014). Recognition of facial and vocal affect following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 28(8), 1087-1095 doi: 10.3109/02699052.2014.901560

Neumann, D., Babbage, D.R., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of emotion recognition training after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(3), E12-E23. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000054

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Malec, J., Hammond, F. Relationships between affect recognition, empathy and alexithymia after TBI. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation,29(1), E18-27. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e31827fb0b5

Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. Malec, J., Hammond, F. (2014). Relationships between affect recognition, empathy and alexithymia after TBI. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation,29(1), E18-27. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e31827fb0b5

Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. Affect recognition in traumatic brain injury: Responses to unimodal and multimodal media. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.29(4), E1-E12 doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e31829dded6.

Zupan, B., & Dempsey, L. (2013). Facilitating emergent literacy in children with hearing loss. Deafness and Education International, 15(3), 130-148. doi: 10.1179/1557069X12Y.0000000018

Yim, J., Babbage, D.R., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2013). The relationship between facial affect recognition and cognitive functioning after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 27(10), 1155-1161. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2013.804203

Zupan, B., & Dempsey, L. (2013). Narrative comprehension abilities of children with typicalhearing and children using hearing aids: A pilot study. Volta Review, 113(1), 5-27.

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Babbage, D.R., Radnovich, A.J., Tomita, M.,Hammond, F., Willer, B. (2012). Affect recognition, empathy, and dysosmia after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 93(8), 1414-1420.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2012.03.009

Babbage, D.R., Yim, J., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Tomita, M.R., & Willer, B. (2011). Frequency of facial affect recognition difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 25(3),277-285. doi: 10.1037/a0021908

Zupan, B., & Sussman, J. (2009). Auditory preferences of young children with and without hearing loss for meaningful auditory-visual compound stimuli. Journal of Communication Disorders,42, 381-396. doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2009.04.002

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Tomita, M., & Willer, B. (2009). Training emotional processing in persons with brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 24 (5), 313-323. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181b09160

Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D., & Willer, B. (2009). The importance of vocal affect to bimodal processing of emotion: Implications for individuals with traumatic brain Injury. Journal of Communication Disorders,42, 1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2008.06.001

Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Babbage, D., & Willer, B. (2007). Overview of impaired facial affect recognition in persons with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 21(8), 807-816. doi: 10.1080/02699050701504281

McRae, Paul A., Tjaden, K., (Zupan) Schoonings, B. (2002). Acoustic and perceptual consequences of articulatory rate change in Parkinson Disease. Journal of Speech, Language ,and Hearing Research. 41, 35-50. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2002/003)

Research Interests

Traumatic Brain Injury

Recognition of facial and vocal emotion expressions following traumatic brain injury (TBI); empathy capabilities following TBI, sex differences in areas of social cognition generally following TBI; treatment of social cognition deficits following TBI

Hearing Loss

I am interested in how modes of communication impact perception and integration of facial and vocal cues (for speech perception and emotion) for children and adults with hearing loss

Emotion Recognition Across the Lifespan

I am currently working towards building a new test of emotion recognition that includes both static and dynamic visual stimuli, and auditory stimuli with both semantically neutral and emotionally congruent/incongruent verbal language. I am interested in expanding the emotions typically assessed in currently available tests of this nature and to norm these stimuli across the lifespan so we may learn more about how emotion recognition develops and changes within and across the different modalities.

Journal article

Neumann, D., & Zupan, B. (2019). Empathic responses to affective film clips following brain injury and the association with emotion recognition accuracy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(3), 458-463. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2018.07.431

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Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D., & Willer, B. (2018). Sex-based differences in affective and cognitive empathy following severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 32(5), 554-563. doi:10.1037/neu0000462

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Babbage, D. R., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2018). Sex differences in response to emotion recognition training after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 32(12), 1492-1499. doi:10.1080/02699052.2018.1497811

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Zupan, B., Babbage, D., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2017). Sex differences in emotion recognition and emotional inferencing following severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Impairment, 18(1), 36-48. doi:10.1017/BrImp.2016.22

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Zupan, B., & Babbage, D. R. (2017). Film clips and narrative text as subjective emotion elicitation techniques. Journal of Social Psychology, 157(2), 194-210. doi:10.1080/00224545.2016.1208138

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Zupan, B. A., & Neumann, D. (2016). Exploring the use of isolated expressions and film clips to evaluate emotion recognition by people with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Visualized Experiments, (111), 1-12. doi:10.3791/53774

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Zupan, B. (2015). Recognition of high and low intensity facial and vocal expressions of emotion by children and adults. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(4), 332-344. Retrieved from http://www.aiscience.org/journal/jssh

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Neumann, D., Babbage, D. R., Zupan, B., & Willer, B. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of emotion recognition training after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(3), E12-E23. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000054

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Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D. R., & Willer, B. (2015). Exploration of a new tool for assessing emotional inferencing after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 29(7-8), 877-887. doi:10.3109/02699052.2015.1011233

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Zupan, B. A., Babbage, D. R., & Sussman, J. E. (2015). Modality dominance in the perception of incongruent bimodal emotion expressions. Advances in Applied Psychology, 1(1), 35-46. Retrieved from http://files.aiscience.org/journal/article/html/70340001.html

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Zupan, B., & Neumann, D. (2014). Affect recognition in traumatic brain injury: Responses to unimodal and multimodal media. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(4), E1-E12. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e31829dded6

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Zupan, B., Babbage, D., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2014). Recognition of facial and vocal affect following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 28(8), 1087-1095. doi:10.3109/02699052.2014.901560

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Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Malec, J. F., & Hammond, F. (2014). Relationships between alexithymia, affect recognition, and empathy after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(1), E18-E27. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e31827fb0b5

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Zupan, B., & Dempsey, L. (2013). Facilitating emergent literacy skills in children with hearing loss. Deafness and Education International, 15(3), 130-148. doi:10.1179/1557069X12Y.0000000018

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Zupan, B., & Dempsey, L. (2013). Narrative comprehension abilities of children with typical hearing and children using hearing aids: A pilot study. Volta Review, 113(1), 5-27.

Yim, J., Babbage, D. R., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., & Willer, B. (2013). The relationship between facial affect recognition and cognitive functioning after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 27(10), 1155-1161. doi:10.3109/02699052.2013.804203

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Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Babbage, D. R., Radnovich, A. J., Tomita, M., Hammond, F., & Willer, B. (2012). Affect recognition, empathy, and dysosmia after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(8), 1414-1420. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2012.03.009

Babbage, D. R., Yim, J., Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Tomita, M. R., & Willer, B. (2011). Meta-analysis of facial affect recognition difficulties after traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology, 25(3), 277-285. doi:10.1037/a0021908

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Radice-Neumann, D., Zupan, B., Tomita, M., & Willer, B. (2009). Training emotional processing in persons with brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 24(5), 313-323. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181b09160

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Zupan, B., & Sussman, J. E. (2009). Auditory preferences of young children with and without hearing loss for meaningful auditory-visual compound stimuli. Journal of Communication Disorders, 42(6), 381-396. doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2009.04.002

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Zupan, B., Neumann, D., Babbage, D. R., & Willer, B. (2009). The importance of vocal affect to bimodal processing of emotion: Implications for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Communication Disorders, 42(1), 1-17. doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2008.06.001

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Radice-Neumann, D., Zupan, B. A., Babbage, D. R., & Willer, B. (2007). Overview of impaired facial affect recognition in persons with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 21(8), 807-816. doi:10.1080/02699050701504281

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McRae, P. A., Tjaden, K., & Schoonings, B. (2002). Acoustic and perceptual consequences of articulatory rate change in Parkinson disease. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 45(1), 35-50. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/003)

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Book chapter

Zupan, B. (2013). The role of audition in audiovisual perception of speech and emotion in children with hearing loss. In P. Belin, T. Campanella, & T. Ether (Eds.), Integrating Face and Voice in Person Perception (pp. 299-323). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-3585-3_15

Conference paper

Zupan, B. A., & Shiah,, M. (2010). Examining vocal affect in natural versus acted expressions of emotion. In Canadian Acoustics (pp. 114-115). Toronto, Canada: Canadian Acoustical Association.

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