Director, Aerodigestive Research Core
Director, Wexner Medical Center Dysphagia Program

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Aerodigestive Research Core


Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA, established and directs the Aerodigestive Research Core (ARC) laboratory across its two sites at the Ohio State University and University of Florida. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of dysphagia who has held uninterrupted funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since commencing her academic career in 2009. Her current research at OSU and UF are supported by the National Institute of Aging (R01 AG077481-09), National Institute of Nursing Research (R01 NR020175-01A1), National Institute of Cancer (1R01 CA271223), Department of Defense (DOD HT9425-23-1-0065), and the ALS Association (clinical management award).

Dr. Plowman has authored over 85 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, given over 600 lectures worldwide, and obtained over 30 external research grants. In addition to her own research, Dr. Plowman is passionate about mentoring the future generation of clinician scientists and her mentorship efforts were recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health with the NINDS Story Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship by a Neuroscientist (2022) and the University of Florida Doctoral Mentor of the Year award (2021).

She was inducted into the American Speech and Hearing Association as a Fellow in 2022 and was elected to be the incoming President of the international Dysphagia Research Society for 2026.

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of normal and disordered swallowing and upper aerodigestive tract functions.
  • Development of dysphagia risk prediction instruments to guide evidence-based triaged clinical care pathways.
  • Validation of non-invasive clinical screening tools to enable early and accurate detection of dysphagia.
  • Development of proactive, mechanistically grounded interventions to maintain and/or improve vital upper airway functions of breathing, airway clearance/defense and deglutition. 


Bachelor of Science (Speech & Hearing) (First Class Honors)
Curtin University, Western Australia
Degree conferred December 2000 

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Florida
Degree conferred April 2006

Clinical Fellowship
Shands Rehabilitation Hospital
Certificate of Clinical Competencies Conferred 2007

NIDCD F32 Ruth Kirschstein National Service Award Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship 
Neuroscience, McKnight Brain Institute
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Completed August 2010

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