New Faces in the UAD Lab!

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Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction

New Faces in the UAD Lab!

The UAD lab is excited to welcome its new members, Dr. Sarah Perry and Mr. James Curtis!

Dr. Sarah Perry is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her masters and doctoral studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her primary research interests concern swallowing, voice and upper airway dysfunction in people with stroke and neurodegenerative disease. She is passionate about improving current assessment and treatment protocols that will ultimately improve patient outcomes. She has clinical experience in acute stroke management as well as experience in the rehabilitation of severe, chronic dysphagia, which she gained at the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research in Christchurch. She currently teaches the Voice Disorders course at Columbia University.

We also welcome James Curtis who completed a masters degree at New York University in 2013 and a post-graduate speech-language pathology clinical fellowship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center in 2014. James continued to work as a speech-language pathologist within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at UCSF from 2014 to 2016 prior to moving to New York City to begin his studies at Columbia University in fall 2016. His primary areas of research include normal and abnormal cough & swallowing physiology, and neuromuscular adaptations of the bulbar system sequelae to strength and skill-based rehabilitation.