Szynkiewicz, SH, Kamarunas, E, Drulia, T, Nobriga, CV, Griffin, L, & O’Donoghue, CR (2020). A randomized controlled trial comparing physical and mental lingual exercise for healthy older adults. Dysphagia. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00455-020-10164-5
Ludlow, CL, Domangue, R, Sharma, D, Jinnah, HA, Perlmutter, JS, Berke, G, … Drulia, T, Stebbins, G (2018). Consensus-based attributes for identifying patients with spasmodic dysphonia and other voice disorders. JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, 144(8), 657-665. Doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0644
Drulia,TC, & Ludlow, C (2013). Relative efficacy of swallowing versus non-swallowing tasks in dysphagia rehabilitation: Current evidence and future directions. Current Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Reports,1(4), 242-256.
Dudding, CC, & Drulia, TC (2013). Best practices in an online master’s degree program in CSD. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 40, 59-67.
Dysphagia in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Role of Breathing and Swallowing Coordination
We aim to examine the mechanisms related to reduced breathing and swallowing coordination in individuals with COPD and how discoordination contributes to abnormal swallowing physiology. Incoordination between breathing and swallowing increases the risk of decreased airway protection, leading to aspiration, in this vulnerable population. Future investigative studies will target improving safe and effective swallowing in COPD individuals.
Sensorimotor Swallowing Changes in Aging and Disease
Changes in muscle function and sensory inputs occur with aging and in varying neurologic or respiratory diseases. This line of research targets identification of physiological changes in swallowing in presbyphagia or dysphagia to inform clinical practice evaluation and treatment methods.
Dosing and Efficacy of Swallowing Treatment
Evidence-based dysphagia practice is based on developing innovative, efficacious treatment that improves pathophysiology of the swallow resulting from injury or disease. LASR is committed to adding to the body of literature to advance clinical care and improve functional outcomes in individuals with dysphagia.
Do you or someone you know with COPD have trouble swallowing?
Difficulty swallowing symptoms may include:
Coughing when eating or drinking
Sensation of food getting stuck in your throat
Difficulty clearing food from your mouth when eating
Symptoms above may occur with chronic respiratory infection or pneumonia
Currently enrolling participants in a 10-week study investigating the effects of respiratory muscle strength training in COPD
Participants must be able to attend 5 visits in LASR at Texas Christian University.
Participants receive devices and up to $60 in gift cards
Are you interested in participating in research studies related to swallowing foods and liquids? We are looking for individuals without a history of swallowing difficulty who are interested in participating in research.
For more information, contact:
Teresa Drulia, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Applied Swallowing Research (LASR)
Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders email@example.com
Dr. Teresa Drulia is an Assistant Professor in the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders department of Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at TCU. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in dysphagia, or impairments of swallowing function. Dr. Drulia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at James Madison University. She has over 20 years of experience as a medical speech-language pathologist across settings such as acute care, skilled nursing facility, home health and rehabilitation settings. She also previously served as a clinical instructor in the university setting. Dr. Drulia’s clinical career serving adults and geriatrics with dysphagia furthered her research interest in mechanisms contributing to swallowing impairment and treatments to improve quality of life in these individuals.
While completing her Ph.D., Dr. Drulia was a clinician in a specialty Voice and Swallowing Clinic at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. Her advanced training clinical competencies include: videofluoroscopy, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), manometry, videostroboscopy, surface electromyography (sEMG).
Dr. Drulia’s dissertation investigated the role of lung volume on swallowing in individuals with Chronic Obstruct Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She is interested in gaining an understanding of the mechanisms driving discoordination in respiratory and swallowing, resulting pathophysiology, and determining effective treatments for this population in her line of research.
In 2017, Dr. Drulia joined the faculty at TCU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework including: neurological substrates of communication & swallowing, adult neurolinguistic disorders, dysphagia, and motor speech disorders. She also directs the Laboratory of Applied Swallowing Research (LASR) and consults in the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic at TCU on medically complex cases related to dysphagia.
The Laboratory of Applied Swallowing Research (LASR) at Texas Christian University (TCU) supports graduate and undergraduate student learning and research in the area of swallowing. The lab is a part of the Davis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders based out of the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic at TCU.
The LSAR lab is directed by Dr. Teresa Drulia. Other faculty and students involved in the LASR lab research team include:
Laurel Lynch, MS CCC-SLP
Emily Dickson, BS Research Assistant
Aaron Garza, BS Research Assistant
Olivia Rush, BA Research Assistant
LASR also has between 4-6 undergraduate students volunteering in the laboratory. This provides undergraduate students opportunities to learn about or conduct research.
If you are a student interested in learning more about swallowing research, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Teresa Drulia to discuss opportunities in LASR at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-257-6887.
LASR aims to contribute foundational knowledge in swallowing that translates into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.
WHAT WE DO
LASR investigates mechanisms of healthy swallowing and impaired physiology of swallowing, clinically known as dysphagia.
Our specific areas of research include:
Coordination of breathing and swallowing in respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Sensorimotor swallowing changes in aging and disease
Dosing and efficacy of swallowing treatment
This lab is fully equipped with instrumentation to analyze swallowing efficiency and coordination.
LASR faculty provide classroom instruction in evidence-based evaluation and treatment of individuals experiencing difficulty with swallowing. Our faculty provide hands-on learning opportunities for students to enhance their classroom instruction, such as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and manometry.