Julie Regan - Assistant Professor in Speech Language Pathology
Assistant Professor in Speech Language Pathology
I am a speech and language therapist, with a strong interest in the assessment and management of people with dysphagia (swallowing disorders). My research focuses on instrumental assessment methods and evidence based interventions.
What I teach
- Assessment and management of people with dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and dysarthria (motor speech disorders) across the lifespan [2nd-4th year undergrad]
- Healthcare intervention design [ 4th year undergrad]
- Oesophageal dysphagia, high resolution manometry, Dissertation [postgraduate]
What I research
- Sensory Stimulation of Swallowing in Adult Dysphagia: A Pharyngeal High Resolution Manometry Study. This study finds that cold, sour and carbonated liquids increase pressure in the pharynx during swallowing
- Oesophageal screening during videofluoroscopy: International practices and perspectives of speech-language pathologists. Findings suggest the majority of speech and language therapists screen the oesophagus during videofluoroscopy (swallow x-ray). However, few use validated protocols.
- The Diagnostic Accuracy of the Pitch Glide to Identify Aspiration in Patients with Respiratory Diseases: A Pilot Study. A simple pitch glide can predict aspiration status during videofluoroscopy (swallow x-ray) in adults with chronic respiratory disease
- Chronic dysphagia post traumatic brain injury in, editor(s)Walshe, M. & Huckabee, M. L. , Clinical Cases in Dysphagia, London, Routledge, 2018, pp26 – 40
This book chapter reviews the causes, nature and impact of swallowing disorders on people with traumatic brain injury and summarises the evidence supporting interventions to treat dysphagia in this population.