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Georgia Malandraki

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Post-doctorate training in Dysphagia and Neuroimaging, University of Wisconsin, Department of Medicine   2008-2010
  • Ph.D. in Speech and Language Pathology with a focus in Swallowing and Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Speech and Hearing Science   2004-2008
  • M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology, Ohio University, School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences   2002-2004
  • B.S. in Speech and Language Therapy, Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece, Department of Speech and Language Therapy   1997-2001

Scholarly Interests

  • Swallowing physiology and disorders (dysphagia) across the lifespan; enhancing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures 
  • Neuroimaging applications in the study of swallowing and voice; use of fMRI and MRI methodologies
  • Intervention related neuroplasticity in patient populations
  • Telemedicine applications in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia
  • Relationships between voice and swallowing

Selected Publications

Malandraki GA, Kauffman A, Hind J, Kays S, Gangnon R, Waclawik A, Robbins J (in press). The Effects of Lingual Intervention in a Patient With Inclusion Body Myositis and Sjögren's Syndrome: A Longitudinal Case Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PubMed ahead of print).

Malandraki GA, Johnson S, Robbins J (2011). Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of swallowing function: from neurophysiology to neuroplasticity. Head and Neck, 33Suppl 1, S14-20.

Malandraki GA, McCullough G, He X, McWeeny, E, Perlman AL, (2011). Teledynamic evaluation of oropharyngeal swallowing. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 54, 1485-1496.

Malandraki GA, Hind J, Gangnon R, Logemann J, Robbins J (2011). The utility of pitch elevation in the evaluation of oropharyngeal dysphagia: Preliminary findings. American Journal of Speech and Language Pathology, 20(4):262-8.

Paine TL, Conway CA, Malandraki GA, Sutton BP (2011). Simultaneous dynamic and functional MRI scanning (SimulScan) of natural swallows. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 65(5), 1247-1252.

Malandraki GA, Perlman AL, Karampinos D, Sutton B. (2011). Reduced somatosensory activations in swallowing with age. Human Brain Mapping, 32 (5), 730-743.

Malandraki GA, Sutton BP, Perlman AL, Karampinos DC (2010). Age-related differences in laterality of cortical activations in swallowing. Dysphagia; 25(3): 238-249.

Malandraki GA, Sutton BP, Perlman AL, Karampinos DC, Conway C (2009). Neural activation of swallowing and swallowing-related tasks in healthy young adults: An attempt to separate the components of deglutition. Human Brain Mapping, 30(10): 3209-3226.

For complete list of publications, please see section Publications under Vitae.

To learn more about the Swallowing, Voice and Neuroimaging Laboratory, press here.

active professional organizations


American Speech, Language and Hearing Association

Dysphagia Research Society

Human Brain Mapping Organization

Society of Neuroscience

Hellenic Society of Ergospirometry, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Hellenic Association of Speech Therapy and Speech Pathology Scientists (Honor Member)

Onassis Scholars Foundation


American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
- Certification (CCC)

New York State 
- Speech and Language Pathology License

- Speech and Language Pathology License 


Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing 


  • Provost Investment Fund, Teachers College, Columbia University.  Malandraki (PI) 11/2011 - 12/2013. Title: Initiation of an innovative swallowing and neuroimaging research program: A first pilot study. Role: Principal Investigator. Funding: $20,000
  • Pilot Grant Program in Alzheimer's Disease Research, Wisconsin Alzheimer Disease
    Research Center sponsored by the National Institute of Aging (NIA), NIH. Malandraki (PI) 2010-2012. Title: Effects of sensory stimulation on neural activity and swallowing performance in healthy old"font-weight: normal; ">er adults and adults with mild Alzheimer's Disease. Role: Principal Investigator. Funding: $30,000.


  • Graduate School Research Grant, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Robbins (PI) 01/01/10 - 12/30/10. Title: Effects of lingual strengthening on neural activity of healthy young and older adults. Role: Co-Investigator. Funding: $28,000.
  • University of Illinois, College of Applied Health Sciences, Mary Jane Neer Grant. Perlman (PI) 1/1/2006-1/1/2007. Title: The use of fMRI in identifying the neural substrates of swallowing. Role: Collaborator. Funding: $15,000
  • University of Illinois, Campus Research Board Award. Perlman (PI) 8/15/2007-6/16/2008. Title: Identifying neural correlates of swallowing across the adult lifespan using fMRI. Role: Collaborator. Funding: $13,293
  • RO1 DC005603-01A2 NIH (NIDCD). Perlman (PI) 03/22/04 - 4/30/09. Title: Realtime Internet Evaluation of Oropharyngeal Swallowing. Role: Coordinator (last 2 years) and Research Assistant.
    Funding: ~ $ 800,000

honors and awards

Awards and Scholarships
  • 2012: Dean’s Fellowship for Teaching and Diversity, Teachers College, Columbia University (Sponsor).
  • 2011: Early Contributions in Research Award, American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • 2008: First Prize for the New Investigator Grant Awards, Dysphagia Research Society Meeting: $500.
  • 2006-2008: Three Conference Travel Awards (one each year), Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2006: Ehud and Janie Yairi International Graduate Student Fund Award: $1,000.
  • 2005-2006: 1-year Scholarship, Gerondelis Greek-American Foundation: $4,000.
  • 2004: Outstanding Student Poster Award, Ohio Speech, Hearing and Language Association (OSHLA): $100.
  • 2003: Student Research and Scholarly Activity Award, College of Health and Human Sciences of Ohio University: $300.
  • 2002-2004: 2-year Scholarship, Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation: $14,000.
  • 2002: Award, National Foundation of Scholarships of Greece due to graduating 1st.
  • 1997: Scholarship and Award, National Foundation of Scholarships of Greece due to ranking 2nd in the National Entrance Exams to the Department of Speech and Language Therapy of TEI Patras.


BBSQ 5113: Voice disorders

Prerequisite: BBSQ 4031 or equivalent. Study of voice disorders associated with functional, structural, endocrinological, and neurological problems. Analysis of recent research and evidence-based approaches to voice therapy.

BBSQ 5114: Stuttering and other fluency disorders

This course examines the nature of stuttering and other fluency disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on assessment, intervention, and prevention.

BBSQ 5130: Assessment and intervention in dysphagia

This class examines clinical practice in swallowing and feeding disorders in children and adults. Normal and abnormal development and mature function assessment and treatment.

BBSQ 5131: Dysphagia Clinic

This clinical course aims to offer hands-on experience in the development and implementation of assessment and intervention plans for adults with swallowing disorders. Students will participate in detailed discussion about each patient’s case history, and under supervision by the Professor, they will complete a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan. Discussion of each patient’s progress and short case-study presentations will complete this comprehensive clinical course.