Our Team

Our Team 2020-07-29T14:06:22-05:00

Swallowing Cross-Systems Collaborative

Kate Humphries, 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) Day, MS, CCC-SLP

Lab Manager, Study Coordinator

Abby Day is a Speech-Language Pathologist and she manages the SCSC Lab. She is also part of the 2019 SLP-D Cohort at Northwestern University. Abby’s responsibilities within SCSC include set-up of weekly telehealth events, assisting with data collection and management, coordinating student projects, administrative and financial duties, and keeping the lab organized. She is currently assisting with the research project: A Therapeutic Wearable Sensor for Dysphagia in Patients with Mild-Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.

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)

Brittany Krekeler, PhD, CCC-SLP

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Highest Degree: PhD

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia, Adherence, Translational Science

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (MS, PhD)
  • Miami University of Ohio (BS)

Alex Clain

Doctoral Student

Munirah Alkhuwaiter, MS, CCC-SLP

Doctoral Student

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech Language Pathology

Speciality: Adult Dysphagia

Education: 

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

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) Chiu, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Dysphagia & Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Education:

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

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

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

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.)

Kahla Graham, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical-Research Collaborator, Lecturer

Highest Degree: M.S.

Clinical Certification: Speech-Language Pathology

Specialty: Adult Dysphagia

Education:

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

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 at Urbana-Champaign (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.)

John Rogers, PhD

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Shuai (Steve) Xu, MD

Medical Director

Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics

Lutfiyya NaQiyba Muhammad, PhD

Assistant Professor of Preventative Medicine (Biostatistics)

Jungwha Lee, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine (Biostatistics)

Ying Wu, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

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, 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.)