Laura Wolford, PhD, CCC-SLP


  Midwestern University
  College of Health Sciences
  Speech-Language Pathology
  Cactus Wren 302-E
  19555 N. 59th Avenue
  Glendale, AZ 85308

  Office: (630) 537-6327



Ph.D. Educational Leadership: Health Sciences Education University of the Cumberlands 2018
M.S. Speech-Language Pathology Purdue University 2012
B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders, Cognitive Science, & Psychology Case Western Reserve University 2010


Current Classes Taught:

SLPPG 525 Dysphagia
SLPPG 529 Voice & Resonance
SLPPG 628 Motor Speech Disorders
SLPPG 632 Advanced Practices in Dysphagia


Major Research Interests:

The overall focus of my research is to determine the most effective methods for educating clinicians and future clinicians to complete complex medical techniques.  In the field of Speech-Language Pathology, we place a great deal of emphasis on treating our patients with evidence-based techniques. However, there is a paucity of research describing evidence-based methods of teaching future clinicians.  The goal of my research is to expand upon this area and allow the SLP teaching methodology to keep up with the advances in the field. 

A secondary research interest includes the acoustic characteristics of vocal function in individuals with structural/functional voice concerns, including laryngeal trauma. 

Current Research:

Project I:  Efficacy of Simulation to Teach Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing (FEES) to Graduate Clinicians

Project II:  Changes in Voice Quality in Victims of Manual Strangulation

Project III:  Acoustic Characteristics of Dysphonic Malingering

Project IV:  Quantifying Voice and Swallowing Changes in Marfan Syndrome