Dr. Katy Borodkin

Department of Communication Disorders
חוג למודי הפרעות בתקשורת סגל אקדמי בכיר


 Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Disorders, School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine





B.A.in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


M.A. in Experimental Psychology (magna cum laude), Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel


Ph.D. in Experimental Pyschology, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel


Research Experience


Research Coordinator, The Institute for Fatigue and Sleep Medicine, the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

Supervised by: Prof. Yaron Dagan


Graduate Student, Brain and Language Lab, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Supervised by: Prof. Miriam Faust


Research Associate, Brain and Language Lab, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Host: Prof. Miriam Faust


Research Associate, Neuroimaging Unit, the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel

Host: Dr. Tamar Kushnir


Post-doctoral Fellow, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Lehman College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

Host: Prof. Mira Goral

2016- 2022

Lecturer, Department of Communication Disorders, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

2022-present Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Disorders, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


Teaching Experience


Tutor, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Courses taught: Introduction to statistics


Tutor, Department of Brain Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Courses taught: Research methods and experimental laboratory


Tutor, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel

Courses taught: Introduction to statistics; Multivariate statistics


Adjunct Lecturer. Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Courses taught: Introduction to statistics; Multivariate statistics; Advanced statistics for MA; Issues in bilingualism; Language as an instinct

April, 2015

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, US.

Courses taught: Workshop titled “Basics of the Linear Regression Analysis”

2016- present

Lecturer, Department of Communication Disorders, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

BA Courses Taught: Neurogenic disorders in adults; Introduction to statistics; Guided reading of scientific publications.

MA Courses Taught: Issues in bilingualism research; Childhood apraxia of speech; Seminar on brain plasticity and treatment in communication disorders; Research methods for graduate students. 


Awards and Scholarships


President's Scholarship, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel 

Sum: 160,000 NIS

Description: This excellency scholarship is awarded to 150 of 2000 PhD candidates annually.


Provost Award, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Sum: 3,000 NIS

Description: The award is granted for excellency to one student from each of the university departments annually.


Fellowship at the UCLA Advanced Neuroimaging Summer Program

Sum: $3,000

Description: a highly competitive NIH-funded training program


Research grant awarded by SAIA family (in collaboration with Prof. Hasin-Baer)

Sum: $5,000

Title: Language impairment in Parkinson’s disease: Genetic basis and risk of dementia


Research grant awarded by MILA (MInd and LAnguage) center of the Sagol School of Neuroscience (in collaboration with Prof. Rand)

Sum: 30,000 NIS

Title: Language impairment and executive functions in bilingual aphasia: A transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) study


Research grant awarded by MILA (MInd and LAnguage) center of the Sagol School of Neuroscience (in collaboration with Prof. Peleg)

Sum: 32,000 NIS

Title: Motor simulations during literal and metaphoric sentence comprehension: A tDCS study. 


Research grant awarded by Israel Science Foundation (ISF)

Title: The effects of maternal smartphone use on child cognitive development via mother-child interaction: A longitudinal mediation study


Research interests

Language Processing in Healthy and Brain-Damaged Bilingual Speakers

Many individuals in the contemporary society are required to use more than one language in everyday life. Research in my laboratory focuses on these speakers and explores processes related to adult language learning, representation, processing, and breakdown. We apply behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI), and neuromodulation (tDCS) methods, both in healthy adults and in individuals with a language disorder following brain damage, such as aphasia. Current projects in the lab address the following questions:

  1. What determines the differences among individuals in how successful they are in learning a second language? In one project, we study the interplay between auditory and motor systems in predicting the ability to acquire a foreign language pronunciation. 
  2. How using a language (to speak, listen, write or read) is different in native vs non-native language?  The conditions under which second language acquisition occurs are often less than ideal; for instance, second language is often acquired at an older age and used less frequently than the native language. In our lab, we have been investigating how these acquisition circumstances may affect the organization of lexical-semantic knowledge and the processing of words by the left and the right cerebral hemispheres. 
  3. What are the patterns and the mechanisms of language impairment and language recovery in bilingual and multilingual speakers? Some bilinguals with aphasia regain control of both languages in parallel, while in others language recovery is non-parallel (e.g., one language may be more impaired than the other, despite comparable premorbid proficiency). Our research aims at elucidating the factors predicting recovery patterns in these speakers and examines the cross-language effects of treatment on communicative abilities. We also study the interplay between neurobiological factors (such as the specific localization of the brain insult) and environmental factors (such as language proficiency) in determining spontaneous and treatment-induced neuroplasticity and its relevance to communicative abilities.


Dagan, Y., & Borodkin, K. (2004). The ineffectiveness of magnotherapy in a patient with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and cardiovascular comorbiditySleep and Breathing, 8(4), 209-212. 


Borodkin, K., Ayalon, L., Kanety, H., & Dagan, Y. (2005). Dysregulation of circadian rhythms following prolactin-secreting pituitary microadenomaChronobiology International22(1), 145-156.


Dagan, Y., & Borodkin, K. (2005). Behavioral and psychiatric consequences of sleep-wake schedule disordersDialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 7(4), 357-365. 


Szeinberg, A., Borodkin, K., & Dagan, Y. (2006). Melatonin treatment in adolescents with delayed sleep phase syndromeClinical Pediatrics (Phila), 45(9), 809-818.


Ayalon, L., Borodkin, K., Dishon, L., Kanety, H., & Dagan, Y. (2007). Circadian rhythm sleep disorders following mild traumatic brain injuryNeurology68(14), 1136-1140. 


Borodkin, K., & Faust, M. (2013). Tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) states and cross-linguistic transfer. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition16(4), 914-923. 


Borodkin, K., & Faust, M. (2014). Native language phonological skills in low-proficiency second language learnersLanguage Learning64(1), 132-159.


Borodkin, K., & Faust, M. (2014). Naming abilities in low-proficiency second language learnersJournal of Learning Disabilities47(3), 237-253. 


Mashal, N., Borodkin, K., Maliniak, O., & Faust, M. (2015). Hemispheric involvement in native and non-native comprehension of conventional metaphorsJournal of Neurolinguistics35, 96-108. 


Levy, T., Bloch, Y., Gat-Yablonski, G., Bar-Maisels, M., Djalovski, A., Borodkin, K., Apter, A. S. (2015). Salivary oxytocin in adolescents with conduct disorder and callous-unemotional traitsEuropean Child & Adolescent Psychiatry24(12), 1543-1551.


Borodkin, K., Kenett, Y., Faust, M., & Mashal, N. (2016). When pumpkin is closer to onion than to squash: The , structure of the second language lexiconCognition, 156, 60-70.  


Borodkin, K., Maliniak, O., & Faust, M. (2017). Exploring the nature of phonological weakness in low-proficiency second language learners. Learning and Individual Differences, 57, 133-140.


Levy, T., Apter, A., Djalovski, A., Peskina,M., Silvana, F., Gat-Yablonski, G., Bar-Maisels, M., Borodkin, K., Bloch, Y. (2017). The reliability and predictive utility of the self-report version of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits in adolescents with conduct disorder.  Psychiatry Research, 256, 124-129.


Stephan, E., Faust, M., & Borodkin, K.  (2018). The role of psychological distancing in appreciation of art: How does native versus foreign language context affect responses to abstract and representational art? Acta Psychologica, 186, 71-80.


Patel, S., Borodkin, K., Faust, M. (2018). Developmental changes in hemispheric processing of ambiguous words during adolescence. Journal of Neurolinguistics47, 50-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroling.2018.02.007


Conner, P. S., Goral, M., Anema, I., Borodkin, K., Haendler, Y., Knoph, M., Mustelier, C., Paluska, E., Pugach, Y., Moeyaert, M. (2018). The role of language proficiency and linguistic distance in cross-linguistic treatment effects in aphasia. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 32(8), 739-757. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2018.1435723


Lerman, A., Pazuelo, L., Kizner, L., Borodkin, K., & Goral, M. (2019). Language mixing patterns in a bilingual with non-fluent aphasia. Aphasiology,  33(9), 1137-1153. https://doi.org/10.1080/02687038.2018.1546821


Borodkin, K., Goral, M., & Kemper, D. (2020). Measuring performance stability in persons with aphasia: Identical versus comparable testing forms. Aphasiology, 34(3),  376-390.


Borodkin, K., Livny, A., Kushnir, T., Tsarfaty, G., Maliniak, O., & Faust, M. (2021). Linking L2 proficiency and patterns of functional

connectivity during L1 word retrieval. Brain and Language. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2021.104931


Lederer, Y., Artzi, H., & Borodkin, K. (2021). The effects of maternal smartphone use on mother-child interaction. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13715


Ershaid, H., Mashal, N., & Borodkin, K. (2022). Hemispheric involvement in the comprehension of conventional metaphors in Arabic-Hebrew

speakers. International Journal of Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1177/13670069211057634


Borodkin, K., Gassner, T., Ershaid, H. et al. (2022). tDCS modulates speech perception and production in second language learners. Scientific Reports, 12, 16212. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-20512-0

Chapter in Books

Dagan, Y., Borodkin, K., & Ayalon, L. (2005). Advanced, delayed, irregular, and free-running sleep-wake disorders. In T. Lee-Chiong (Ed.), Sleep: A Comprehensive Handbook, pp. 383-389. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc


Dagan, Y., & Borodkin, K. (2008). Diagnostic algorithm for circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD). In C. Kushida (Ed.), Handbook of Sleep Disorders (2nd ed.), pp. 175-191. New York: Informa Healthcare


Dagan, Y., & Borodkin, K., & Ayalon, L. (2009). Circadian rhythm sleep disorders. In T. Lee-Chiong (Ed.), Sleep Medicine Essentials, pp. 115-120. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell


Borodkin, K., & Dagan, Y. (2009). Circadian rhythm disorders. In J. W. Winkelman & D. T. Plante (Eds.), Foundations of Psychiatric Sleep Medicine, pp. 186-201. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press


Borodkin, K., & Faust, M. (2012). Word retrieval in developmental language impairments: Application of the tip-of-the-tongue paradigm. In M. Faust (Ed.), The Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language, pp. 963-982. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


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