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Bonnie Martin-Harris

Research: swallowing disorders, voice disorders, respiration-swallowing coordination, and swallowing rehabilitation following head or neck cancer

Bonnie Martin-Harris is the Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Martin-Harris, who formerly worked as Professor and director of the Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science Program and Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing at the Medical University of South Carolina, earned her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern. Her research focuses on swallowing disorders, voice disorders, respiration and swallowing coordination, and swallowing impairment and rehabilitation following head or neck cancer. She has worked with veterans recovering from oropharyngeal cancer to research new approach to therapy.

Martin-Harris is a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), recipient of the 2016 Admiral Albert J. Baciocco Innovation Award – Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), recipient of Honors from the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCHA), Kay Pentax Lecturer in Upper Airway Science of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2013), G.PAUL Moore Lecturer, University of Florida (2014), 2010 MUSC College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year Award, member of the American Head and Neck Society and associate member of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is the past Chair of the Specialty Board for Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and Past-President of the Dysphagia Research Society. She is Associate Editor for the Dysphagia Journal, past Associate Editor for the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, Editorial Board member of the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Editorial Board member for the Bulgarian Journal of Communication Disorders, and reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals. She is the author and developer of the first standardized method for videofluoroscopic assessment of swallowing impairment (Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile, MBSImP©™), translated to clinical practices in the US, Canada and 13 additional countries. Her work is funded by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the Veteran’s Administration, and the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation.

Full bio from the School of Communication