About Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)


The mission of the SIG on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders is to provide leadership and advocacy for issues in swallowing and swallowing disorders and to serve affiliates who evaluate and manage individuals with swallowing and feeding disorders across the lifespan by supporting professional development, research, education, and communication necessary for delivery of the highest quality services.

Specialty Certification

Becoming a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BRS-S) is one step closer for interested applicants. Visit the BRS-S website for more information. We hope that you will take advantage of this exciting professional opportunity! For other information on specialty recognition, visit the Clinical Specialty Certification pages on ASHA's website.

Study and Professional Issues

Study Issues

  • Dysphagia assessment
  • Dysphagia treatment
  • Treatment efficacy and risk management
  • Cross-communication with other SIGs in the form of study sections
  • Reimbursement & insurance payments
  • Outcomes of dysphagia treatment: functional, cost, health, quality of life

Professional Issues

  • Clinical certification standards and their relationship to professional training
  • Practice standards/clinical guidelines
  • Interdisciplinary relationships in the health care setting
  • Identification of high priority clinical and research needs
  • Ethical considerations
  • Risk management
  • Improvement of graduate training and expansion continuing education
  • CMS, Medicare, insurance policies

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 13's continuously-built issue contributes 4 self-study CE activities a year.

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in swallowing and swallowing disorders:

  • SIG 13 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to swallowing and swallowing disorders.
  • SIG 13 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 13 Coordinator represents the Dysphagia Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee Members

2014–2016 Coordinator: Lynne Brady Wagner, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
2014–2016 Associate Coordinator: Laurie Sterling, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
2015–2017  Perspectives Editor: Marni B. Simon, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
2014–2016 Professional Development Manager: Memorie M. Gosa,  The University of Alabama
2014–2016 Member-At-Large: Julie Blair, Medical University of South Carolina
2015–2018 Member-At-Large: Megan M. Urban, Duke University Medical Center
Ex Officio: Gennith Johnson, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Editorial Review Committee

Marni B. Simon, Editor
Donna K. Edwards
Gennith M. Johnson, Ex Officio
Memorie M. Gosa, PDM

Professional Development Committee

Memorie M. Gosa, Professional Development Manager
Rebecca Jordan Hazelwood
Marni B. Simon, Editor
Gennith M. Johnson, Ex Officio

Staff Liaison for Communications

Victoria Davis, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, 2015–2017 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners