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Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Outreach


Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Outreach


For more information on dysphagia, please visit :
National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders

For more information on a dysphagia support group, please visit:
Online swallowing support groups
Community support groups

For information on locating a swallowing specialist in your area, please visit:
American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

For more information on speech-language pathology, please visit:
American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Outreach2020-08-05T19:40:10-05:00

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Publications


Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Publications

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.

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Publications2020-09-30T14:43:21-05:00

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Research


Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Research


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.

*Now Recruiting: COPD participants with swallowing difficulty

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.

* Now Recruiting: Healthy participants between 60-89 years of age with no history of swallowing difficulty.


Dysphagia in the elderly

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

Healthy Participants

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

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Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Research2020-11-09T15:20:55-06:00

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Biography


Teresa Drulia, Ph.D.


 Teresa Drulia, Ph.D.

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.

Teresa Drulia, Ph.D. – Biography2020-08-05T19:16:05-05:00

Teresa Drulia – Overview




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 lasr@tcu.edu or 817-257-6887.


LASR aims to contribute foundational knowledge in swallowing that translates into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.


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.

Teresa Drulia – Overview2020-10-22T16:18:03-05:00

Teresa Drulia Lab


Teresa Drulia, Ph.D.
Research Lab

Research and Clinical Focus: Dysphagia, Neurological disorders of speech & language, Medical SLP

Teresa Drulia Lab2019-03-05T18:04:12-06:00
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