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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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Research Output

A Sensory Stimulation Protocol to Modulate Cough Sensitivity: A Randomized Controlled Trial Safety Study

Wallace, E., Guiu Hernandez, E., Epton, M., Ploen, L., Huckabee, M. L. & Macrae, P., 4 Aug 2020, In : American journal of speech-language pathology. 29, 3, p. 1423-1433 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A Systematic Review of Rehabilitation for Corticobulbar Symptoms in Adults with Huntington’s Disease

    Burnip, E., Wallace, E., Gozdikowska, K. & Huckabee, M-L., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Huntington’s Disease. 9, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)
  • A systematic review of methods of citric acid cough reflex testing

    Wallace, E., Guiu Hernandez, E., Ang, A., Hiew, S. & Macrae, P., 1 Oct 2019, In : Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 58, 15 p., 101827.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Impaired Laryngeal Response to Cough Reflex Testing

    Huckabee, M-L., Macrae, P. & Wallace, E., 2019, Laryngology: A Case-Based Approach. Allen, J., Reza Nouraei, S. A. & Sandhu, G. S. (eds.). San Diego, United States: Plural Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


  • PhD Bursary

    Wallace, Emma (Recipient), 2016


  • Activities

    • 3 Other
    • 1 Membership of committee

    National Stroke Foundation, Australia (External organisation)

    Emma Wallace (Chair)

    1 Jun 2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Flinders University Mentoring Scheme 2020

    Emma Wallace (Participant)

    Jan 2020Jan 2021

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Members of the Flinders University Low Risk Ethics Panel

    Emma Wallace (Participant)

    Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Contributor: The Food Medic Educational Blog

    Emma Wallace (Participant)

    Aug 2019 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesOther