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PhD (Dysphagia) Students Dissertations

  1. Astero Constantinou, 2017. Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis: Prevalence, Nature and Risk factors.
  2. Julie Regan, 2014. Adaptation of the Functional Lumen Omaging Probe for Non-radiological Evaluation of the Upper Oesophageal Pphincter
  3. Panayiota Senekki-Florent, 2016. Determining the Prevalence, Nature and Extent of Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties in Preterm Infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


MSc (Dysphagia) Students Dissertations

2018 Graduates

Konstantinos Koustsouridis Pharmacological Interventions for Drooling in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review

Beatrice Manduchi Interventions for Feeding And Swallowing Disorders in Adults with Intellectual Disability: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Shannon Powell The Nature of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in the Five Most Common Subtypes of Dementia: A Systematic Review

Melanie Ioannou Interventions for Dysphagia Associated with Upper Oesophageal Sphincter Dysfunction in Inclusion Body Myositis Patients: A Systematic Review

Gina Fainman Breastfeeding and Infants with Swallowing Disorders: An International Survey of Speech and Language Therapists’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices

Atharva Bhagwat Effectiveness of Chin Tuck in Prevention of Aspiration in Acquired Neurological Population: A Systematic Review

Sara Y. Aldeghather Caregivers’ Experiences of Feeding and Swallowing Problems in Children With 22q11 Deletion Syndrome: A Survey


2017 Graduates

Elaine Higgins The Impact of Carbonation on Swallow Safety and Efficiency in Adults with Neurogenic Dysphagia: A FEES Study

Sofia Mavrea Perceptual and Acoustic evaluation of the Pitch Glide to Predict Aspiration Status in Adults with Dysphagia

Angeline Tan An Initial Investigation of Symptom Clusters in Individuals with Muscle Tension Dysphonia

Bronagh O’ Hara “Unless you’re like in a position like me, you don’t know what it’s like”: The Decision-Making Experiences of Adults with Cerebral Palsy and Oro-Pharyngeal dysphagia


 2016 Graduates

Laura Brogan Validation of the Choking Risk Scale in Adults with Intellectual Disability

Teresa Wiesinger Current Practices of Speech and Language Therapists Carrying Out Oesophageal Screens During Videofluoroscopy

Jessica Sinclair Perspectives of nursing staff on the ROSE Feeding Checklist

Blaithin McArdle The Efficacy and safety of Free Water Protocols: A systematic review

Angeliki Zarkada Inter-rater reliability of the Dysphagia Outcome Severity Scale

Julie Keane Identifying Signs of Pharyngeal Dysphagia on Clinical Bedside Swallow Examination in Acute Stroke

Kate Bree Exploration of Family Caregivers’ Lived Experience of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia as a Result of Multiple Sclerosis

Nina Sivan Development of a New Objective Measurement Device to Evaluate Hyolaryngeal Excursion during Swallowing at the Bedside

Aoife Stack Patterns of Oro-motor and FEDS Difficulties in Children with Down Syndrome


2015 Graduates

 Anne Barrett A Mixed Methods Study Examining the Experiences of Dysphagia in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Omniyah Ahil Jazzar The Role and Current Practice of Speech and Language Therapists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A National Survey

Òrla Gilheaney The Effectiveness of Endoscopic Cricopharyngeal Myotomy On Upper Oesophageal Sphincter Dysfunction In Adults With Upper Oesophageal Sphincter Dysfunction And Neurological Disease: A Systematic Review

Alexandra Carey Finger Stimulation Protocol with and without Supports Prior to Oral or Gavage Feeds to Promote Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Filipa Henriques Examining Speech and Language Therapy Services to People with Lung Cancer: International Practices and Key Challenges

Orla Lehane Caring for People with Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Residential Care Facilities: Experiences of Healthcare Assistants

Aisling Kiely Exploring the Decision-Making and Practices of Speech and Language Therapists Regarding Oral Taste Programmes for Children with Dysphagia: An International Study

Sophie Furey The Diagnostic Accuracy of Cervical Auscultation in the Identification Of Oropharyngeal Aspiration: A Systematic Review

Aisling McEntee The Kirkpatrick Model as a Tool for Evaluating Dysphagia Training in Nursing Homes

Ellen McCague Validation of the Test Of Mastication And Swallowing of Solids (TOMASS) in Healthy Irish Adults

Olivia Kerrigan Botulinum Toxin as an Intervention for Drooling in Children          with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review


2014 Graduates

Becky Woods The Diagnostic Accuracy of the Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability for Detecting Dysphagia and Aspiration in a Cohort of People With Multiple Sclerosis

Stacey Daly “We didn’t thicken his whiskey because there was no way he was going to have his whiskey thickened.” Dysphagia in the context of Motor Neuron Disease, the experience of the Primary Carer

Aifric Conway Measures of Isometric Tongue Strength and Endurance: A Comparison of a Novel Tongue Pressure Measurement Device with Current Reference Standards


2013 Graduates

Deirdre Leavy Developing a Scale to Identify Choking Risk for Adults with Intellectual Disability: Initial Pilot

Swenja Seehaus Measuring Isometric Tongue Pressure in Healthy Adults Using the OroPress: A Psychometric Study Examining Tool Validity
Mindy Chiang The Effectiveness Of Rehabilitative Interventions on Upper Oesophageal Sphincter Dysfunction in Adults With Neurological Dysphagia: A Systematic Review

Fiona Hill The Nature Of Respiratory-Swallow Phase Patterns and Swallow Apnoea Duration in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis and Dysphagia

Kristin Wicke Nature, Risk Factors and Prevalence of Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties in Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review
Éadaoin Flynn Respiratory Parameters in Healthy Adults: Impact of Bolus Preparation and Carbonation

Aoife C. O’Reilly The Role and Current Practice of the Speech and Language Therapist in Palliative Care: An International Survey


2012 Graduates

Effrosyni Papadopoulou The Relationship Between History of Feeding Difficulties and Speech Sound Disorders in Greek Preschool Children

Victoria Sakellariou Medication Swallowing Difficulties Reported by Adults with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

Susan L. Downes Clinical Consistency Among Speech and Language Therapists in the Management of Tracheostomies in the Republic of Ireland

Georgia Tegou The Effect Of Carbonated Thin Liquids on the Swallowing of People with Dysphagia Post-Stroke


2011 Graduates

Alanna Nì Mhìochàin Investigating Concordance: Identifying the Factors that Influence the Implementation of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Recommendations for Residents of a Nursing Home Who Have Experienced Stroke

Gialatzopoulou Efthymia Dysphagia Evaluation Practices of Speech and Language Therapists in Greece: Clinical Assessment and Instrumental Examination Decision Making


2010 Graduates

Katerina Sdravou Effects of Carbonated Liquids on Oropharyngeal Swallowing Measures in People with Neurogenic Dysphagia


2009 Graduates

Sandra Ameen Evaluating the Efficacy of a Feeding Skills Training Programme

Georgina Feint What is the Inter- and Intra-Judge Reliability of Speech and Language Therapists Analysing Paediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies?


 2008 Graduates

Anne Healy Swallow Screening: Collaboration Between Nursing and Speech and Language Therapy

Julie Ellis An Investigation of the Effects of Citric Acid and Citric Acid-Sucrose on Swallowing in a Population with Dysphagia Following Acute Stroke

Michelle McInerney Talk Toolr (Rosenfeld-Johnson, 2001): A Preliminary Study of its Effects on the Oral Motor Movement Involved in the Oral Stage of Swallowing in a Clinical Population of Cerebral Palsy


2006 Graduates

Emma Killian An Examination of the Overt Effect of Swallowing and Emotional Impact of Assisted Feeding on People Without a History of Dysphagia

Ruth Maxwell Are we Consistent in our Consistencies? Investigating Practice Patterns of Speech and Language Therapists when Preparing Videofluoroscopy Test Materials

Julie Regan An Investigation into the Immediate Effects of Thermal-Tactile Stimulation On Swallowing In Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease

Ashling Heffernan Evidence Based Practice in Dysphagia: Surveying its Role for Speech and Language Therapists in the Republic of Ireland

Ciara McWeeney The Experience of Dysphagia in People With Motor Neuron Disease (MND) And its Impact on their Quality of Life