Title: Assistant Professor
Area of Interest: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Curriculum Vitae: CV
Dr. Sarah Hegyi Szynkiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Her research expertise is in the fields of dysphagia and brain injury. Dr. Hegyi received her B.A. in Communications (Speech and Hearing Sciences concentration) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. During her graduate career, Dr. Hegyi worked with Dr. Cynthia O’Donoghue and Dr. Christy Ludlow to investigate infant swallowing stimulation and cortical activation in response to swallowing stimulation. Specifically, Dr. Hegyi studied the influence of two different types of peripheral stimulation (pacifier and small vibrotactile motor device) on the frequency of swallowing in healthy, typically-developing infants, and utilized near-infrared spectroscopy to determine patterns of cortical activation in response to swallowing stimulation as compared to rest periods without stimulation. Following doctoral graduation, Dr. Hegyi gained clinical experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist, working with a variety of patients, from infants to geriatrics. Most recently, Dr. Hegyi worked as a medical SLP at a Level II Trauma hospital, focusing on stroke and traumatic brain injury populations. Dr. Hegyi is a trained diagnostician using FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) and VFSS (Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study). During her spare time, she enjoys running, pilates, and taking her dogs to the beach.