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Yalian Pei

Yalian Pei

Yalian Pei

Assistant Professor


Communication Sciences and Disorders
Suite 1200 621 Skytop


University of Georgia, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2023

Biographic Overview

Yalian Pei (she/her/hers) joins the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Arts and Sciences in Fall 2023 as a tenure-track assistant professor. She will teach classes in speech and language sciences, and the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders including those resulting from brain injuries or neural degenerative disorders.

Research Interests

Challenges during recovery and gaps in post-brain injury support. Return to school after concussion. Functional cognitive-communication treatment. Assessment and treatment selection to achieve activity-level goals. Home-based therapy and self-management. Social participation in in-person and virtual spaces.

Research Specializations

Cognitive Communication Rehabilitation


Pei, Y., & O'Brien, K. H. (2023). Development and initial validation of the Sources of Reading Self‐Efficacy Scale for College and University Students (SOURSES‐C). Journal of Research in Reading, 46(3), 225-246.

Pei, Y., Kemp, A.M, & O'Brien, K. H. (2023). Investigating the student in returning to learn after a concussion: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of School Health, 93(7), 594-620.

Pei, Y., & O'Brien, K. H. (2021). Reading abilities post traumatic brain injury in adolescents and adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 30(2), 789-816.

Honors and Awards

UGA Graduate School Student International Travel Award 2023

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Pathways Program 2022

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Student Fellowship 2021

UGA Mary Frances Early College of Education’s College Research Scholar Award 2018-2022