Emily K Plowman

Emily K Plowman,

Professor, Doctoral Program Director

Department: HP-SLP LANG & HEARING SCI
Business Phone: (352) 273-8632
Business Email: eplowman@phhp.ufl.edu

About Emily K Plowman

Dr. Emily Plowman is a Professor at the University of Florida in the Departments of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Surgery and Neurology. She serves as the Doctoral Program Director for the SLHS department and the Clinical Director of the Breathing Research and Therapeutics Center. Dr. Plowman established and directs the Aerodigestive Research Core (ARC). The mission of the ARC laboratory is to improve the detection and clinical management of upper aerodigestive tract disorders associated with speech, swallowing and breathing function through patient-centric research. Her current research foci include: 1) Increasing the understanding of governing mechanisms of normal and disordered aerodigestive tract functions (speech, swallowing, breathing, airway clearance), 2) validation of accurate and pragmatic clinical screening tools to enable earlier clinical detection of disordered function, and 3) Development and evaluation of novel therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Plowman is an internationally recognized expert in the field of dysphagia who was recently recognized by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders for her work in this area. She has over 60 publications and book chapters, given over 300 lectures worldwide, and obtained over 21 grants to complete innovative research. Dr. Plowman holds current funding from the NINDS, NICHD, NIDCD, ALS Association, and Clinical and Translational Science Institute and has held consecutive NIH funding since commencing her academic career in 2009.

Dr. Plowman serves as the UF Clinical Director for the Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation and is on the Executive Committee for the Northeast ALS Consortium. She is committed to improving clinical education and has developed a series of educational platforms to improve competencies of practicing Speech Language Pathologists. Dr. Plowman currently teaches graduate level courses in swallowing disorders, research methodology, and medical speech language pathology. She is involved in clinical services at the UF Health Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases and is spearheading a series of quality improvement projects with the UF Health cardiovascular division in the department of surgery to improve detection and care of post-surgical cardiothoracic patients.

Accomplishments

Doctoral Mentor of the Year
2021 · College of PHHP, University of Florida
NIH Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
2021 · NINDS, National Institutes of Health
Superior Accomplishment Award
2021 · UF Health
Deans Publication Award
2020 · University of Florida

Board Certifications

  • Certificate of Clinical Competencies (CCC-SLP)
    American Speech and Hearing Association
  • Certified Speech Language Pathologist
    Speech Pathology Australia

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-0198-4297

Areas of Interest
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery and Postoperative Recovery
  • Rare neuromuscular disorders
  • Rehabilitation
  • Screening tool validation
  • dysphagia

Publications

2021
Biomechanical Biomarkers of Tongue Impairment During Swallowing in Persons Diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Dysphagia. 36(1):147-156 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-020-10116-z. [PMID] 32347416.
2021
Discriminant Ability of the 3-Ounce Water Swallow Test to Detect Aspiration in Acute Postoperative Cardiac Surgical Patients.
Dysphagia. [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-021-10333-0. [PMID] 34268585.
2021
Dysphagia after cardiac surgery: Prevalence, risk factors, and associated outcomes.
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. [DOI] 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.02.087. [PMID] 33814177.
2021
Reflexive Airway Sensorimotor Responses in Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Dysphagia. 36(4):574-582 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-020-10171-6. [PMID] 32778945.
2021
Swallowing Safety and Efficiency Impairment Profiles in Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Dysphagia. [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-021-10315-2. [PMID] 34037850.
2021
The Frequency of Atypical and Extreme Values for Pharyngeal Phase Swallowing Measures in Mild Parkinson Disease Compared to Healthy Aging.
Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR. 64(8):3032-3050 [DOI] 10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00084. [PMID] 34314250.
2021
Vocal Fold Mobility Impairment After Cardiovascular Surgery: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Sequela.
The Annals of thoracic surgery. 112(1):53-60 [DOI] 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.07.074. [PMID] 33075318.
2020
A Cross-Sectional, Quantitative Videofluoroscopic Analysis of Swallowing Physiology and Function in Individuals With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR. 63(4):948-962 [DOI] 10.1044/2020_JSLHR-19-00051. [PMID] 32310713.
2020
Concordant Validity of a Digital Peak Cough Flow Meter to Assess Voluntary Cough Strength in Individuals with ALS.
Dysphagia. 35(4):568-573 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-019-10060-7. [PMID] 31493068.
2020
Diagnostic utility of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Functional Rating Scale-Revised to detect pharyngeal dysphagia in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
PloS one. 15(8) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0236804. [PMID] 32790801.
2020
Differences in voluntary and reflexive cough strength in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and healthy adults.
Muscle & nerve. 62(5):597-600 [DOI] 10.1002/mus.27040.
2020
High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry and Impedance: Protocols and Metrics-Recommendations of a High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry International Working Group.
Dysphagia. 35(2):281-295 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-019-10023-y. [PMID] 31168756.
2020
Response to the Commentary on ‘Concordant Validity of a Digital Peak Cough Flow Meter to Assess Voluntary Cough Strength in Individuals with ALS’.
Dysphagia. 35(5):876-878 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-020-10132-z. [PMID] 32440734.
2020
Shifting Tides Toward a Proactive Patient-Centered Approach in Dysphagia Management of Neurodegenerative Disease.
American journal of speech-language pathology. 29(2S):1094-1109 [DOI] 10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00136. [PMID] 32650651.
2020
Swallowing screening practice patterns for nurses in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit.
Journal of clinical nursing. 29(23-24):4573-4582 [DOI] 10.1111/jocn.15490.
2019
Characteristics of impaired voluntary cough function in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration. 20(1-2):37-42 [DOI] 10.1080/21678421.2018.1510011. [PMID] 30652513.
2019
Clinical Measures of Bulbar Dysfunction in ALS.
Frontiers in neurology. 10 [DOI] 10.3389/fneur.2019.00106. [PMID] 30837936.
2019
Impact of expiratory strength training in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Results of a randomized, sham-controlled trial.
Muscle & nerve. 59(1):40-46 [DOI] 10.1002/mus.26292. [PMID] 29981250.
2019
Provisional best practices guidelines for the evaluation of bulbar dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Muscle & nerve. 59(5):531-536 [DOI] 10.1002/mus.26408. [PMID] 30620104.
2019
Relationship between oral intake, patient perceived swallowing impairment, and objective videofluoroscopic measures of swallowing in patients with head and neck cancer.
Head & neck. 41(4):1016-1023 [DOI] 10.1002/hed.25542. [PMID] 30549151.
2018
A Survey of Clinician Decision Making When Identifying Swallowing Impairments and Determining Treatment.
Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR. 61(11):2735-2756 [DOI] 10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0212. [PMID] 30458527.
2018
Best practices protocol for the evaluation of bulbar dysfunction: summary recommendations from the NEALS bulbar subcommittee symposium.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration. 19(3-4):311-312 [DOI] 10.1080/21678421.2017.1404109. [PMID] 29205054.
2018
Combined respiratory training in an individual with C9orf72 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Annals of clinical and translational neurology. 5(9):1134-1138 [DOI] 10.1002/acn3.623. [PMID] 30250869.
2018
Cough strength and expiratory force in aspirating and nonaspirating postradiation head and neck cancer survivors.
The Laryngoscope. 128(7):1615-1621 [DOI] 10.1002/lary.26986. [PMID] 29114887.
2018
Effects of Submental Surface Electrical Stimulation on Swallowing Kinematics in Healthy Adults: An Error-Based Learning Paradigm.
American journal of speech-language pathology. 27(4):1375-1384 [DOI] 10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0224. [PMID] 30076418.
2018
Elucidating inconsistencies in dysphagia diagnostics: Redefining normal.
International journal of speech-language pathology. 20(3):310-317 [DOI] 10.1080/17549507.2018.1461931. [PMID] 29724130.
2018
Expiratory muscle strength training for radiation-associated aspiration after head and neck cancer: A case series.
The Laryngoscope. 128(5):1044-1051 [DOI] 10.1002/lary.26845. [PMID] 28833185.
2018
Lingual and Jaw Kinematic Abnormalities Precede Speech and Swallowing Impairments in ALS.
Dysphagia. 33(6):840-847 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-018-9909-4. [PMID] 29774424.
2018
Oropharyngeal dysphagia profiles in individuals with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy.
Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 30(4) [DOI] 10.1111/nmo.13251. [PMID] 29144056.
2018
Reduced pharyngeal constriction is associated with impaired swallowing efficiency in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 30(12) [DOI] 10.1111/nmo.13450. [PMID] 30129164.
2017
Dysphagia-related quality of life in oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy: Psychometric properties of the SWAL-QOL instrument.
Muscle & nerve. 56(1):28-35 [DOI] 10.1002/mus.25441. [PMID] 27759888.
2017
Relationship Between the Eating Assessment Tool-10 and Objective Clinical Ratings of Swallowing Function in Individuals with Head and Neck Cancer.
Dysphagia. 32(1):83-89 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-016-9741-7. [PMID] 27538876.
2017
The evaluation of bulbar dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: survey of clinical practice patterns in the United States.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration. 18(5-6):351-357 [DOI] 10.1080/21678421.2017.1313868. [PMID] 28425762.
2016
Defining Swallowing-Related Quality of Life Profiles in Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Dysphagia. 31(3):376-82 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-015-9686-2. [PMID] 26837611.
2016
Discriminant ability of the Eating Assessment Tool-10 to detect aspiration in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 28(1):85-90 [DOI] 10.1111/nmo.12700. [PMID] 26510823.
2016
Impact of expiratory strength training in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Muscle & nerve. 54(1):48-53 [DOI] 10.1002/mus.24990. [PMID] 26599236.
2016
In response to late tracheotomy is associated with higher morbidity and mortality in mechanically ventilated patients.
The Laryngoscope. 126(5) [DOI] 10.1002/lary.25703. [PMID] 26451962.
2016
Respiratory training in an individual with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Annals of clinical and translational neurology. 3(10):819-823 [PMID] 27752517.
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2016
To Cough or Not to Cough? Examining the Potential Utility of Cough Testing in the Clinical Evaluation of Swallowing.
Current physical medicine and rehabilitation reports. 4(4):262-276 [DOI] 10.1007/s40141-016-0134-5. [PMID] 28529824.
2016
Voluntary Cough Airflow Differentiates Safe Versus Unsafe Swallowing in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Dysphagia. 31(3):383-90 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-015-9687-1. [PMID] 26803772.
2015
Is There a Role for Exercise in the Management of Bulbar Dysfunction in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?
Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR. 58(4):1151-66 [DOI] 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-S-14-0270. [PMID] 26091205.
2015
Late tracheotomy is associated with higher morbidity and mortality in mechanically ventilated patients.
The Laryngoscope. 125(9):2134-8 [DOI] 10.1002/lary.25322. [PMID] 26152892.
2014
Autologous myoblasts attenuate atrophy and improve tongue force in a denervated tongue model: a pilot study.
The Laryngoscope. 124(2):E20-6 [DOI] 10.1002/lary.24352. [PMID] 23929623.
2014
Targeted motor rehabilitation dissociates corticobulbar versus corticospinal dysfunction in an animal model of Parkinson’s disease.
Neurorehabilitation and neural repair. 28(1):85-95 [DOI] 10.1177/1545968313498648. [PMID] 23921422.
2013
A bibliometric review of published abstracts presented at the Dysphagia Research Society: 2001-2011.
Dysphagia. 28(2):123-30 [DOI] 10.1007/s00455-012-9420-2. [PMID] 22893228.
2013
Causes of dysphagia in a tertiary-care swallowing center.
The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology. 122(5):335-8 [PMID] 23815051.
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2013
Differential sensitivity of cranial and limb motor function to nigrostriatal dopamine depletion.
Behavioural brain research. 237:157-63 [DOI] 10.1016/j.bbr.2012.09.031. [PMID] 23018122.
2013
Geometric morphometric shape analysis in an ovine model confirms that the upper esophageal sphincter is not round.
The Laryngoscope. 123(3):721-6 [DOI] 10.1002/lary.23634. [PMID] 23042631.
2013
The upper esophageal sphincter is not round: a pilot study evaluating a novel, physiology-based approach to upper esophageal sphincter dilation.
The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology. 122(4):217-21 [PMID] 23697317.
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2012
A multi-institutional analysis of tracheotomy complications.
The Laryngoscope. 122(1):38-45 [DOI] 10.1002/lary.22364. [PMID] 22183627.
2012
Post-stroke aphasia prognosis: a review of patient-related and stroke-related factors.
Journal of evaluation in clinical practice. 18(3):689-94 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01650.x. [PMID] 21395923.
2011
Antiphospholipid syndrome and other lupus-related movement disorders.
Handbook of clinical neurology. 100:237-45 [DOI] 10.1016/B978-0-444-52014-2.00016-1. [PMID] 21496583.
2011
Behavioral and neurophysiological correlates of striatal dopamine depletion: a rodent model of Parkinson’s disease.
Journal of communication disorders. 44(5):549-56 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2011.04.008. [PMID] 21601869.
2011
Striatal dopamine depletion induces forelimb motor impairments and disrupts forelimb movement representations within the motor cortex.
Journal of Parkinson's disease. 1(1):93-100 [DOI] 10.3233/JPD-2011-11017. [PMID] 23939260.
2010
Dissociating the Neural Substrates of Oral and Limb Motor Impairments in Parkinson’s Disease
Dysphagia. 25:354-355
2010
Motor cortex reorganization across the lifespan.
Journal of communication disorders. 43(4):286-94 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2010.04.005. [PMID] 20478572.
2009
Fundamental Frequency and Intensity Mean and Variability Before and After Two Behavioral Treatments for Aprosodia
Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology. 17:45-53
2009
The Relationship Between Quality of Life and Swallowing in Parkinson’s Disease
Dysphagia. 24:464-465
2009
The relationship between quality of life and swallowing in Parkinson’s disease.
Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 24(9):1352-8 [DOI] 10.1002/mds.22617. [PMID] 19425089.

Grants

Jun 2020 ACTIVE
The Pathophysiology of Swallowing Impairment in People recovering from COVID-19 Infection
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK via NATL INST OF HLTH NIDCD
Sep 2019 – Aug 2020
The Role of Homeostenosis in Bulbar Function in ALS and Aging
Role: Other
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS
Mar 2019 ACTIVE
The Impact of Nuedexta on Bulbar Physiology and Function in ALS
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS ASSOC
Jan 2018 – Dec 2019
A pilot study of lung volume recruitment combined with expiratory muscle strength training in ALS
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES via AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS ASSOC
Aug 2017 ACTIVE
Mechanisms of airway protection dysfunction in Parkinson's disease
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD
Apr 2017 ACTIVE
Delineating Physiologic Mechanisms of Swallowing impairment and Decline in ALS
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS
Mar 2017 – Feb 2021
Physiological Flow of Liquids Used in Dysphagia Management
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK via NATL INST OF HLTH NIDCD
May 2016 – Jun 2018
EXPEDITED: EFFECTS OF EXPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING IN PERSONS WITH AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS: A RANDOMIZED CONTROL TRIAL
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS ASSOC
Sep 2015 – Jun 2016
Effects of Strength Training on Bulbar Function in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA TAMPA via NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD
Apr 2015 – Jun 2021
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Role: Project Manager
Funding: UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019-2021
SPA4931 Honors in Communication Sciences and Disorders
2016-2021
RSD7979 Advanced Research
2015-2017,2020-2021
SPA6805 Introduction to Graduate Research
2017-2020
RSD7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2019-2020
RSD6940 Supervised Teaching
2020
RSD6938 Doctoral Seminar in Rehabilitation Science
2018-2020
HSC4913 Supervised Resrch Exp
2020-2021
SPA6581 Special Clinical
2017,2019-2021,2021
RSD6905 Individual Work
2017-2019,2021
RSD6910 Supervised Research
2018-2019
SPA4050 Clinical Observations in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
2016-2017,2019
RSD6930 Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science
2017-2018
SPA6524 Practicum in Speech-Language Therapy: UFSHC
2016-2017
SPA6905 Individual Study
2016-2017
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
2021
SPA6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
2021
SPA4904 Individual Study

Contact Details

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