Swallowing and Voice Outcomes Research Lab
Swallowing Translational Research Outcomes for Neuromuscular Gains Lab
The mission of the Swallowing Translational Research Outcomes for Neuromuscular Gains (STRONG) 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 STRONG 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 STRONG Lab.
A number of ongoing studies are being conducted in the STRONG Lab and include investigations on prophylactic dysphagia treatment for patients with head and neck cancer, testing of new swallowing therapy exercises for improving tongue-base retraction, efficacy of thickened liquids, and assessment and cost efficacy of management of chronic cough.
Research within the STRONG 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.