VOICES Lab

 

Mission

Voice Outcomes and the Inquiry of Cough and Essentials in Swallowing Lab

The mission of the Voice Outcomes and the Inquiry of Cough and Essentials in Swallowing (VOICES) Lab (P.I. Laurie Slovarp, PhD) at The University of Montana is to conduct research related to swallowing disorders (dysphagia) and chronic cough that has a direct impact on clinical management and quality of life of patients with dysphagia and chronic cough. 

People and Places

Dr. Laurie Slovarp, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, the director of the VOICES Lab, is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  Dr. Slovarp worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for over 10 years before pursuing her PhD. Her extensive clinical experience guides the research in the VOICES Lab. 

A number of ongoing studies are being conducted in the VOICES Lab and include investigations on prophylactic dysphagia treatment for patients with head and neck cancertesting of new swallowing therapy exercises for improving tongue-base retraction, efficacy of thickened liquids, and assessment and cost efficacy of management of chronic cough. 

Impact

Research within the VOICES Lab is focused on improving standards of care for patients with dysphagia and chronic cough. 
The ultimate goals of the lab include:

  • Improving the evidence base of existing dysphagia interventions.
  • Creating and validating new assessment and treatment tools regarding dysphagia and chronic cough.
  • Improving quality of life for patients with dysphagia and chronic cough.