About The Book

Medical Setting Considerations for the Speech-Language Pathologist is the first volume in the “Medical Speech-Language Pathology” book series. The series provides graduate students, clinicians, and clinical researchers with functional, comprehensive material to enhance practice in a medical setting. This first book in the series will foster an appreciation of the unique skill set and knowledge base needed by a medical speech-language pathologist.

The chapters contain information applicable to a broad range of medical and rehabilitation settings, while delving deeper into complex topics that merit extra attention, such as neuroimaging methods and medication side effects. Readers will come to appreciate the many roles and responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist in the medical setting, across the continuum of care. They will gain familiarity with broader organizational issues, such as accreditation, billing, and medical team members, as well as the specific clinical populations often encountered in medical settings, such as individuals with Parkinson’s disease, delirium, or tongue cancer. Throughout the book, case studies are used to highlight the role of the medical SLP, and to underscore the remarkably dynamic and complex caseloads encountered by the medical SLP.

Medical Setting Considerations for the Speech-Language Pathologist is authored by experienced professionals and content experts who transform the research literature into

About The Authors

Kristie A. Spencer, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor, Associate Chair, and Graduate Program Coordinator for the top-ranked Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She has published over 50 articles and has given over 100 presentations in the area of neurologic communication disorders. Dr. Spencer is currently an Editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and an invited member of the National Dysarthria Practice Guidelines Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS). She has served in various national leadership roles, including Elected Member of the Executive Board of ANCDS and a chairperson for the prestigious Conference on Motor Speech. Her research focuses on two primary areas: understanding the heterogeneity of speech/cognitive profiles for individuals with Parkinson and cerebellar disease, and examining pioneering rehabilitative approaches for the cognitive deficits experienced by people with Parkinson disease.

Jacqueline Daniels, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, is a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She worked as a medical speech-language pathologist in a level 1 trauma hospital and in acute rehabilitation prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington. Her clinical areas of interest include medically complex patients with dysphagia, tracheostomy, and cognitive-communication deficits, specifically traumatic brain injury, where she holds the Certified Brain Injury Specialist certificate. As part of the faculty, she teaches graduate classes in Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Interprofessional Education, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Clinically, she supervises students during their adult neurogenic-focused assessment and treatment rotations.

Table Of Contents

Series Overview




Chapter 1. The Medical Environment: Team Members and Organizational Issues

Jacqueline Laures-Gore

Chapter 2. Clinical Populations Encountered by the Medical Speech-Language Pathologist

Rene Ruzicka Kanadet, Doreen Kelly Izaguirre, Matina Balou, and Kristie A. Spencer

Chapter 3. A Guide to Neuroimaging for the Medical Speech-Language Pathologist

Linda I. Shuster

Chapter 4. Clinical Considerations of Medication Use in Patients With Swallowing and Communication Disorders

Angela M. Hill, Katlynd Marie Sunjic, Alexandra E. Brandimore, and Sheeba Varghese Gupta

Chapter 5. Infection Control Precautions for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Jacqueline Daniels and Kristie A. Spencer



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