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.