Angela Dietsch

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Sensorimotor Integration for Swallowing and Communication Lab

Angela Dietsch Associate Professor, Graduate Chair

Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas, 2011
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, Saint Louis University, 1996
B.S., Communication Disorders, Saint Louis University, 1994

Angela Dietsch is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. Her research focuses on sensory and motor aspects of neural control for speech, voice, and swallowing function across the age and health spectrums.

Angela's recent work in this area includes (1) mapping the neural networks underlying taste perception, swallowing coordination, and precise tongue movements to better understand and rehabilitate swallowing disorders, (2) characterizing communication features across the gender spectrum, and (3) describing the effects of active learning pedagogy in graduate speech-language pathology education. She teaches classes in voice and swallowing disorders, and is the director of the Sensorimotor Integration for Swallowing and Communication Laboratory.

Angela earned her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas after more than a decade as a medical speech-language pathologist. Her clinical background drives her research and teaching strategy, including fostering partnerships that incorporate cutting-edge analysis methods to advance the science of patient care across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

Areas of Expertise:

    Sensorimotor integration for swallowing, speech, and voice
    Computational modeling and biomechanical analyses of swallow physiology and function
    Clinical practices and outcomes for swallowing and communication disorders in acute and rehabilitative care
    Transgender communication

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2021, Editor's Award, Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders2021, Advocacy Appreciation Award, LGBTQA+ Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, Award for Continuing Education, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2016-18, Scholarly Enhancement Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016, Early Career Contributions in Research Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2016-17, Pathways Fellowship Program, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2015-16, Research Development Fellowship Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015, New Investigator Award, Associated Professional Sleep Societies (SLEEP)
2021-present, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2020-present, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska2016-present, Resident Faculty, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-present, Director, Sensorimotor Integration for Swallowing and Communication Laboratory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-2021, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-16, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2012-15, Research Fellow, National Military Audiology and Speech Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationDysphagia Research SocietySociety for NeuroscienceNebraska Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationMissouri Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationMidwest Adult Communication Disorders GroupPhi Beta Kappa Honor SocietyPhi Kappa Phi Honor SocietySaint Louis University College of Public Service Alumni Board