Our Team

Our Team 2021-10-08T15:34:13-05:00

Swallowing Cross-Systems Collaborative

Kate Davidson, MS, CCC-SLP

Lab Assistant Director

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Pharyngeal High-Resolution Manometry

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (M.S.)
  • Columbia College  (B.A.)

Abigail (Abby) Nellis, MS, CCC-SLP

Lab Manager, Study Coordinator

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Healthcare Operations and Quality Improvement

Education:

  • Northwestern University (pursuing SLPD)
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (B.S., M.S.)

Cagla Kantarcigil, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Highest Degree: PhD

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Effectiveness of remote management of swallowing disorders

Education:

  • Purdue University (PhD)

Erin Reedy, PhD, CCC-SLP

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Highest Degree: PhD

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia, Aerodigestive Disorders, Lung Transplant, Esophageal Physiology & Disorders

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (PhD)
  • New York Medical College (MS)
  • Marist College (BA)

Alex Clain, MS

Doctoral Candidate

Highest Degree: M.S.

Speciality: Applied Statistics and Machine Learning

Education: 

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • Union College, Schenectady (B.S.)

Munirah Alkhuwaiter, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Candidate

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech Language Pathology

Speciality: Adult Dysphagia

Education: 

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (B.S.)

Rabab Rangwala, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech Language Pathology

Specialty: Research related to Dysphagia in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Education: 

  • University of Texas, Dallas (M.S.)
  • Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India (B.S.)

Raneh Saadi, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Speciality: Medical Speech Pathology, Translational Clinical Research, Adult Dysphagia, and Non-invasive Ventilation

Education: 

  • MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA (M.S.)
  • Dar Al-Hekma University, Jeddah, KSA (B.S.)

Kahla Graham, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Aerodigestive Disorders, Lung Transplant

Education:

  • Rush University (M.S.)
  • University of Illinois (B.S.)

Liz Platt, MA, CCC-SLP

Researcher

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia and Aerodigestive Disorders, Adult and Pediatric Voice and Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion/Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction

Education:

  • Northwestern University (BS, MA)

Internal Collaborators

Sandeep Samant, MD

Otolaryngology

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Professor

Highest Degree:   M.D.

Clinical Certification: Otolaryngology

Specialty: Head & Neck Oncology

Education: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (M.B.B.S)

Residency: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Fellowship: University of Miami, Head and Neck Cancer and Microvascular Surgery

Bharat Mittal, MD

Radiation Oncology

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Professor

Title: Clinical-Research Collaborator, Professor

Highest Degree: M.D.

Clinical Certification:  Radiation Oncology

Specialty:    

Education:

  • Christian Medical College (M.B.B.S)
  • Meerut University India (BS.c.)

Residency: Northwestern University, Radiation Oncology

Fellowship: Washington University, Radiation Oncology

Jim Elliot, PhD

Physical Therapy

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Professor

Brandon Grill

Director, IT

SoC Northwestern University

Kristin Larsen, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Clinical Assistant Director

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.A.)
  • Northwestern University (B.S.)

Sharon Veis, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Neonatal and Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.A.)
  • Northwestern University (B.S.)

Carolyn (CC) Lisowski, SLPD, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: Doctor of Speech Language Pathology

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia & Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.S. & SLPD)
  • Stanford University (B.A.)

Laura Vygantas, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: MS

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Neurogenic Dysphagia, Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Education:

  • Rush University (MS)
  • Northwestern University (BS)

Brittni Carnes, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Voice and Swallowing in Head and Neck Cancer

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (M.S.)
  • College of Charleston (B.A.)

Jonelyn Langenstein, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Voice and Swallowing

Education:

  • San Francisco State University (M.S.)
  • New England Conservatory (M.M.)
  • Whitworth University (B.A.)

Shauna Czarnik, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia and acquired neurogenic disorders

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • University of Illinois (B.S.)

Carissa Ernat, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Acute dysphagia and acquired neurogenic disorders

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin (M.S.)
  • University of Illinois (B.S.)

Kirstyn Sunday, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.A.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • University of Florida (M.A.)
  • Towson University (B.S.)

Abby Bowman, MS, CF-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

  • Northwestern University (M.S.)
  • Miami University, Ohio (B.S.)

Jungwha Lee, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine (Biostatistics)

Ying Wu, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

John Rogers, PhD

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Shuai (Steve) Xu, MD

Medical Director

Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics

External Collaborators

Heather S. Bonilha, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Swallowing and Voice Imaging

Education:

  • University of South Carolina (Ph.D.)
  • University of Central Florida (M.A.)
  • University of Central Florida (B.A.)

Fellowship: University of South Carolina

Ashli O’Rourke, MD

Clinical-Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: M.D.

Clinical Certification:

  • Otolaryngology
  • Laryngology

Specialty: Pharyngeal High-Resolution Manometry

Education:

  • Florida State University (B.S.)
  • Florida State University (M.S.)
  • Medical College of Georgia (M.D.)

Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia Laryngology, Voice and Swallowing

Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, CBIS, BCS-S

Research Collaborator, Assistant Professor

Institution: University of South Alabama

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia in neuromuscular disease

Education:

  • Medical University of South Carolina (Ph.D.)
  • University of Pittsburgh (CScD)
  • Purdue University (MS)
  • North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Fellowship Training: Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Jordan Hazelwood, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS

Research Collaborator

Julie Blair, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Clinical-Research Collaborator

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Voice and Swallowing in Head and Neck Cancer

Education:

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.S.)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.S.)

Janina Wilmskoetter, MSU

Research Collaborator

William G. Pearson, Jr., PhD

Research Collaborator

Institution: Augusta University

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Specialty: Oropharyngeal Morphometric Analysis

Education:

  • University of Georgia (B.S.)
  • Boston University School of Medicine (Ph.D.)

Maureen Lefton-Greif, PhD

Research Collaborator, Professor

Institution: John’s Hopkins University

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Pediatric Dysphagia

Education:

  • Temple University (Ph.D.)
  • Case Western Reserve University (M.A.)
  • Brooklyn College of the City of University of New York (B.A.)

David McFarland, PhD

Research Collaborator, Professor

Institution: University of Montreal

Highest Degree: Ph.D.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Respiratory Physiology

Education:

  • Purdue University (Ph.D.)
  • California State University (M.A.)
  • California State University (B.A.)