Elizabeth Cottone, PhD
Following a massive cerebellar hemorrhagic stroke in 2017, Elizabeth Cottone, PhD founded her stroke and brain insult support group, which she continues to lead and manage. Beth also works as a stroke survivor advocate and has written two books, all while committing fully to PT, OT, speech therapy, and other rehabilitation actitivies.
Beth works hard to reinvent herself, continuing to take on new challenges like horseback riding, singing, and, yes, unloading the dishwasher. She is also relearning basic skills like walking, typing, brushing teeth and hair, and swallowing, to name only a few. For an achievement-oriented woman in her fifties, these adjustments continue to be as difficult as they can be rewarding.
Beth is committed to working hard to recover, trying to fully understand what it means to go slowly, and appreciating all the silver linings as she recognizes them, one by one.
Prior to her stroke, Beth worked for 11 years as a research scientist (Assistant Research Professor) at The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), in the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development. She is fascinated with the process by which people survive and thrive after traumatic change.
Her research interests include dyslexia, stroke, investigating pathways from economic disadvantage to poor outcomes for children, and understanding families in poverty through a resilience lens.
Beth’s FUN-R (Foundation Underlying New Reading) method incorporates her broad experience as a research scientist and as a tutor for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Beth has discovered similarities among stroke survivors like herself and people with dyslexia and ADHD. She works to support recovery, advocacy and education for all people who have undergone trauma.
Beth’s resume (PDF download)