Health Care Connect - Dysphagia

The Physiology Behind Abnormal Swallowing (HC07)

Friday, July 20
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Room 318-320
CE: 0.15 ASHA CEUs/1.5 PDHs

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

Dysphagia is multifaceted and complex, and many aspects contribute to a patient’s swallowing difficulties. This session will discuss guidelines for looking at abnormal swallowing through a physiological lens. The presenter will examine how to derive sound physiological rationales, rooted in theory-based evidence, when identifying, probing, and treating abnormal swallowing. The session will discuss practical clinical applications of this perspective, including specific treatments for abnormal swallowing.

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Ianessa A. Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor
University of Florida

Ianessa A. Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She has expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Humbert’s research program is focused on the physiological mechanisms of swallowing disorders and the development of rehabilitation strategies for dysfunction. Her interests center on the peripheral and central control of swallowing in normal and impaired function. More recently, a major interest of her research program has been to understand the neural mechanisms underlying normal and disordered swallowing and how principles of motor learning can be applied to examine these as well as swallowing interventions. In this context, Humbert’s research involves neural stimulation, neural imaging, and peripheral perturbation studies of swallowing in humans. Her research has been steadily supported by grants from NIH, American Heart Association, and ASHA. Humbert is a widely sought after invited speaker at several regional, national, and international clinical and scientific meetings. She has created online courses for CE credit on swallowing physiology and clinical practice, for which hundreds of clinicians have registered to date, and she is the author of the Swallowing Pocket Guide: A Quick Reference for Muscles and Innervation, which has sold several hundred copies nationally and internationally.

Financial Disclosures: Royalties from Elemint LLC,,,,, and step for online courses; employee of University of Florida;
financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Provides a free podcast called Down the Hatch

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