Director, Aerodigestive Research Core
Director, Wexner Medical Center Dysphagia Program
Affiliated Research Labs
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.
- 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
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
Contact InformationEmail: Emily.Plowman@osumc.edu Phone: 614-366-2026
Dissemination and Implementation of DIGEST as an Evidence-Based Measurement Tool in Cancer
Mechanisms, Predictors and Clinical Markers of Dysphagia in Cardiac Surgical Patients
Establishing Reference Values and Clinical Decision Points for Quantitative Videofluoroscopic Measures of Swallowing
Safety of Metformin in C9orf72 ALS: Effects on RAN Proteins, Breathing, Imaging, and Metabolomic Outcome Measures
Current Research Support
Awards and Honors