Dr. Sarah Hegyi Szynkiewicz

Dr. Sarah Hegyi Szynkiewicz USFSM

Title: Assistant Professor

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Phone: 941-359-4383

Email: sehegyi@sar.usf.edu

Office: SMC B328

Sarah Szynkiewicz is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee in the College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Szynkiewicz holds a research Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a clinical Master of Science in Speech-Language-Pathology. In addition, Dr. Szynkiewicz is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified Speech-Language Pathologist with license to practice in the state of Florida, and a Full Member of Dysphagia Research Society. Her primary areas of interest are dysphagia (swallowing impairments) and acquired brain injury in pediatrics and adults. Dr. Szynkiewicz’s current projects include examining approaches to enhance dysphagia rehabilitative exercise, including the use of motor imagery exercise. Dr. Szynkiewicz’s previous work includes research focused on examining approaches to enhance nonnutritive swallowing in infants and using near-infrared spectroscopy to determine patterns of cortical activation in response to swallowing stimulation. Dr. Szynkiewicz is a trained diagnostician using FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) and VFSS (Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study).

Recent publications:

Refereed Journals:

Szynkiewicz SH, Nobriga CV, O’Donoghue CR, Becerra BJ, LaForge G. Motor Imagery Practice and Increased Tongue Strength: A Case Series Feasibility Report. In Press, J Speech Lang Hear Res.

Szynkiewicz SH, Mulheren RW, Palmore KW, O’Donoghue CR, Ludlow CL. Using Devices to Upregulate Nonnutritive Swallowing in Typically Developing Infants. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016;121(4):831-837. Doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00797.2015

Books/Book Chapters:

O’Donoghue CR, Hegyi SH. Children with acquired language disorders. In Reed VA, ed. An introduction to children with language disorders. New York, NY: Pearson; 2018:340-357.