Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Research InterestsCenter for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
Dr. Humbert has expertise in swallowing physiology and her laboratory’s research program is focused on the neurophysiological mechanisms of swallowing disorders and the development of rehabilitation strategies for dysfunction. Her interests center on the peripheral and central control of swallowing in normal and impaired function. A major focus of her research program has been to understand how principles of motor learning can be applied to the neural mechanisms underlying normal and disordered swallowing and to examine motor learning related outcomes on swallowing interventions. In this context, Dr. Humbert’s research involves videofluoroscopy, neural stimulation, neural imaging, and peripheral perturbation studies of swallowing in humans. These studies focus on aspects of age-related decline and neurogenic dysphagia and how rehabilitation can be more effective when implementing skill learning and/or adaptation to perturbations or to skill learning.

Dr. Humbert is the Principal Investigator of the Swallowing Neurophysiology Laboratory and co-directs the Swallowing Systems Core with Dr. Emily Plowman.

Degrees and Training

  • BA  in Speech-Language Pathology, University of South Florida
  • MS in Speech-Language Pathology, Howard University
  • PhD, Howard University
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Geriatric Research and Education Center at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital