Research

Research Mission

Our clinical research goals are the development of novel and robust evaluation and treatment techniques for speech, swallowing, and cough disorders.

The UAD engages in research aimed at improving health outcomes and quality of life associated with disorders of airway protection.  To that end, we employ a two-pronged approach including both basic science and clinical research.  Basic science research goals focus on developing a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway protection and its disorders.  Clinical research goals are the development of novel and robust evaluation and treatment techniques for speech, swallowing and cough disorders.  Our current projects focus on multiple behaviors contributing to airway protection and the ability to modify those behaviors via non-pharmacological treatment paradigms.  Research participants include healthy volunteers, people with Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders, head and neck cancer, and voice disorders.