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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 Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) is one step closer for interested applicants. Visit the BCS-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 online peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the SIGs. SIG 13 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each 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. 

    Past Recipients of the Lecture in Upper Airway Voice and Swallowing Science

    Since its inception in 2005, the Lecture in Upper Airway Voice and Swallowing Science (formerly the PENTAX Medical Lecture in Upper Airway Science) was a prestigious invited lectureship at the Annual ASHA Convention.The highly anticipated event recognized a scientist who provided rich depth and breadth to our knowledge of the upper airway as it applied to the complementary fields of voice and swallowing. Previous lectures were characterized by the prestige of the presenters and the scholarly content of the presentations. The Lecture itself was recognized as the premier upper airway science lecture at the Convention. This lecture was developed in conjunction with leaders of Special Interest Group (SIG) 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders and SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. The annual lecture series was discontinued in 2019. Following is a list of past recipients. 

    • 2018 – Robert Hillman, "What Happens When Patients Leave the Clinic? Assessing & Treating Voice Disorders Using Wearable Technology"
    • 2017 – Sponsorship Transition Year; No Lecture
    • 2016 – Dr. Lorraine Ramig
    • 2015 – Dr. Dimitar Deliyski
    • 2014 – Dr. Ilona Schmalfuss
    • 2013 – Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris
    • 2012 – Dr. Ingo Titze
    • 2011 – Dr. Peter Belafsky
    • 2010 – Dr. Susan Thibeault
    • 2009 – Dr. Richard Zraick
    • 2008 – Dr. Nadine Connor
    • 2007 – Dr. Jeri Miller
    • 2006 – Dr. Jamie Koufman
    • 2005 – Dr. Christy Ludlow

    Coordinating Committee Members

    • 2021–2023 Coordinator: Aneesha Virani, Northside Hospital
    • 2020–2022 Associate Coordinator: Rinki R. Varindani, HealthPRO Heritage 
    • 2021–2023 Editor: Kendrea Layne Garand, University of South Alabama 
    • 2021–2023 Professional Development Manager: Kelly M. Salmon, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals & Salus University 
    • 2021–2023 Member-at-Large: Raquel J. Garcia, Northwestern University 
    • 2020–2022 Member-at-Large: Tiffany M. Mohr, Orlando Health – Orlando Regional Medical Center
    • Ex Officio: Jamila Perry Harley

    Additional SIG Volunteers

    2021–2023 Continuing Education (CE) Content Manager: Ashley Munoz Lopez, Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital 

    Editorial Board

    View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups .

    Professional Development Committee

    • Kelly M. Salmon, Professional Development Manager 
    • Ashley Munoz Lopez, CE Content Manager 
    • Rebecca F. Brown 
    • Melissa Ann Farrow 
    • Kahla J. Graham 
    • Amber Dawn Valentine Forston 
    • Kendrea Layne Garand, Editor 
    • Jamila Perry Harley, Ex Officio

    Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

    • Sharon Sandridge, 2019–2021 Vice President for Audiology Practice
    • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, 2021–2023 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

    ASHA Corporate Partners