Postdoctoral Research Fellow
James A. Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a speech-language pathologist and postdoctoral research fellow in the Upper Airway Dysfunction Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University. James completed his PhD at Columbia University, his master's degree at New York University, and his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. Prior to beginning his studies and research at Columbia, James worked clinically as a speech-language pathologist specializing in voice and swallowing disorders within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. The aims of James’ research interests are three-fold: (1) to improve dysphagia evaluation practice patterns through the development of novel assessment techniques and the refinement of currently employed measurement methodologies; (2) to develop a deeper understanding of the pathophysiologies contributing to the development of dysphagia; and (3) to identify and develop robust and clinically feasible treatments for dysphagia in people with neurodegenerative diseases. James is currently completing a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the American Brain Foundation and the Parkinson’s Foundation in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology where he will be examining the effects of a novel treatment paradigm aimed to improve swallowing in people with Parkinson’s disease.