Tamiko Azuma, PhD


Dr. Tamiko Azuma is an Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Science and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Health Solutions. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Arizona State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders before starting her faculty position in the Speech and Hearing Science Program at ASU. In 2018, she became the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Health Solutions.

Professor Azuma’s research has centered on how attention, executive function, memory, and language processing are affected by healthy aging, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions. In addition to basic research on working memory and language processing, her team focuses on cognitive processing in individuals with acquired neurological disorders, specifically mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). They are particularly interested in the assessment of military veterans and bilinguals because there is limited research on the impact and longer-term consequences of mTBI in those populations. These research findings support evidence-based clinical practice, including the development of appropriate assessments and therapies for bilingual and veteran clients. She is currently an Editorial Board Member for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. As CHS Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, she works closely with faculty and staff to promote learning innovations and enhanced academic experiences for students.