First Bite #157 – August 03, 2021

The Bridge: Research to Practice for PFD

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by none other than Georgia A. Malandraki, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, who is an Associate Professor of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at Purdue University and a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is also the Research Director of the Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Laboratory and Clinic.  When it comes to the treatment of patients with PFD that we have been called to serve, have you ever struggled when trying to grasp how to write the plan of care, how to write the goals, or how to select the optimal treatment…because, at the core, you are unsure of the etiology for the little one? Are you unsure of the prognosis, because you don’t have access to the etiology or you don’t understand how the placement of the stroke impacted their feeding development? Or, are you honestly unsure of the typical development of feeding and swallowing…so the thought of writing the goal is terrifying?  Don’t worry…we got you!  Join Michelle and Dr. Georgia Malandraki for an hour that bridges current research to practice and answers these questions and so many more!  Enjoy this journey and let them fill your cup so you can fill the cups of others!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The neurophysiology of swallowing from pregnancy to early childhood.
  • 3 critical transition periods in neurodevelopment of feeding and swallowing and how location and timing of a stroke can impact their development.
  • The 2 research findings from Purdue’s I-EaT Swallowing Research Laboratory and Clinic and how they will impact your treatment of individuals with cerebral palsy.


Georgia A. Malandraki, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Georgia A. Malandraki is an Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders. She investigates developmental and treatment neuroplasticity, and rehabilitative and telehealth interventions for dysphagia. Malandraki has been conducting research and offering clinical and consultation services for dysphagia management via telehealth for the past 14 years. Related to this podcast, she is the co-Chair of the newly formed ISHA Telehealth Task Force and a member of the new Dysphagia Research Society COVID-19 Task Force. She also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Dysphagia Research Society. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD and NIBIB), the Purdue Research Foundation, and several private.