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Enthusiasm for teaching, learning and babies lead Amanda (Mandy) to pursue a PhD in Communication Science and Disorders. Her educational background is in psychology. In 2011, she was helping conduct research in a developmental psychology department when she was introduced to the field of speech-language pathology by a coworker. She was drawn to the mixture of clinical work, aspects of counseling and language learning that had originally inspired her to study psychology. After completing the post-baccalaureate program in CSD, she began the master’s program in speech-language pathology where she was introduced to (and fell in love with) the world of infant feeding. She feels that pediatric feeding disorders are wildly understudied, and she knew she had to continue her education to be able to contribute to the growing knowledge base in this area.


Department of Communication Science and Disorders


Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Science and Disorders

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Interventions for feeding medically fragile infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • Feeding and pulmonary outcomes for infants diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • The role of artificial intelligence in the management of dysphagia

  • Higher education pedagogy