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Research Interests

  • Cough neurophysiology
  • Airway protection
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
  • Upper airway physiology
  • Upper airway reflexes
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Research Biography

I'm a post-doctoral research associate and speech-language pathologist at Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI).

My PhD research was inspired by my clinical work with patients with neurogenic coughing and swallowing disorders. I completed five studies that focused on refining methods of assessing cough sensation and developing a rehabilitation protocol that aimed to enhance laryngeal sensation for patients with silent aspiration following neurological injury.

More recently, a major interest of my research has been to understand the underlying mechanisms of upper airway muscle training in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. In this context, my research involves using a variety of experimental approaches to measure upper airway neuromuscular control and respiratory mechanics in patients before and after a novel upper airway muscle training protocol. I have a unique skillset as a speech-language pathologist with both clinical and research expertise in upper airway neurophysiology, cough, swallowing and sleep-disordered breathing.

Research Expertise

  • Dysphagia - assessment and rehabiitation
  • Neurophysioloigical mechanisms of airway protection
  • Cough reflex testing

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Canterbury

1 Feb 20169 Jul 2019

Award Date: 9 Jul 2019

Bachelor (Honours), Trinity College Dublin

1 Sep 20101 Aug 2014

Award Date: 1 Aug 2014

External positions

PhD Supervisor , University of Canterbury

1 Apr 2019 → …


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