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Barbara Sonies, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Dr. Barbara Sonies, formerly Chief of Speech Language Pathology Section and Chief of the Oral Motor Function Section, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, is currently a professor at the University of Maryland in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Speech and Hearing Department. She teaches graduate courses on diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

She founded the American Speech Language Hearing Association Dysphagia Special Interest Division and developed the original plan for Board Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Sonies has Specialty Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is Secretary of the Specialty Recognition Board and is nationally recognized for her skill in diagnosis and treatment of severe swallowing and oral motor disorders. She was a founder, past president and archivist of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) and served on numerous DRS committees.

She has published many articles and presented hundreds of seminars and workshops on dysphagia. She continues to mentor students and professionals in dysphagia practice.

She originated the use of ultrasound to image the oral cavity for speech and swallowing and has conducted research on various neurologic, neuromotor and systemic conditions that impact on swallowing function. Her expertise in swallowing treatment ranks her among a few specialists in the United States.

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