Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris

Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris 2023-02-28T21:39:50-06:00

Title:  Principal Investigator, Lab Executive Director

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Research Specialty:Dysphagia
Voice, Respiration & Swallowing
Standardization of Clinical Practice


  • Northwestern University (Ph.D.)
  • Purdue University (M.S.)
  • Bowling Green State University (B.S.)

Dr. 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. Dr. Martin-Harris’ research interests include voice and swallowing impairment and treatment approaches for patients with head and neck cancer, neurologic and pulmonary diseases. Her program of research focuses on the cross-system interactions between respiratory and upper aerodigestive functions and standardization of swallowing metrics to guide treatment and optimize functional outcomes. 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 for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and 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 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), Honorary Member of the MUSC Chapter of The National Academy of Inventors, recipient of Honors from the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCHA), 2010 MUSC College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year Award and associate member of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society and the Society for Abdominal Radiology. 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.