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Dr. Hegland among experts in Parkinson Foundation Webinar

The Parkinson’s Foundation, in collaboration with in collaboration with the American Congress of Rehabilitation (ACRM), recently developed a professional course entitled “Let’s Talk About Parkinson’s: How Can Speech and Language Pathologists […]

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Dr. Karen Hegland, along with PhD students Amy Fullerton and Jayoung Kim, recently attended ASHA’s annual conference in Los Angeles, California.  Dr. Hegland, along with UF alum Julie Hicks, and […]

Medical SLP Grand Rounds set to return Spring 2018!

After taking a semester break, the UAD will again present medical SLP grand rounds in the upcoming spring semester.  We will be filling in the ‘TBD’ speakers over the next […]

Carolyn Nguyen receives 2017 graduate student scholarship

Ms. Carolyn Nguyen, currently a first-year graduate student in the MA SLP program, and long-time member of the UAD lab, was selected to receive a 2017 Graduate Student Scholarship through […]

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UAD Mission Statement


The Laboratory for the study of Upper Airway Dysfunction (UAD) is committed to improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in patients with dysphagia and dystussia through research, clinical care, and education.

Contact us

The UAD is physically located in the Dental Tower on the Health Science Center Campus.

The data analysis lab is in DG-143

The data collection lab is in D2-63

Lab Tel: (352) 273-3705

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Clinical Audiology Student Publishes Her Research

Courtney Ridley, a fourth-year AuD student, knew a great deal about her chosen profession before she even stepped onto campus. She was diagnosed with hearing loss at a young age […]

UAD student blog

Teasing Apart Childhood Apraxia of Speech

“I’m not sure” can be a typical feeling when speech-language pathologists (SLPs) consider childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) as a potential diagnosis for many reasons. There is not as much […]

Rhythmic Rehabilitation: The relationship between music and dysarthria management

By Ariana Rose and Brittany Schmidt The act of singing, often trivialized as a recreational activity, is beginning to show potential in the therapy realm. While music therapy has been […]

Articulatory Kinematic Approaches to Treat Apraxia of Speech

By: Addie Ruckman and Madison Travers Apraxia of Speech (AOS) is a motor speech disorder that reflects a disturbance in the planning or programming level of speech production. Although AOS […]

Stephen Hawking and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

His speech control and intelligibility also diminished, and only those who were well acquainted with him were able to understand him. In 1985, he had to have a tracheotomy and, […]

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