Kendrea Garand is an associate professor within the Department of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD). She completed her clinical doctorate (CScD) at the University of Pittsburgh and earned her PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Garand's post-doctoral fellowship was completed within a joint appointment at the Veterans Affairs (VA) and MUSC’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her interests include how healthy aging, motor neuron disease (ALS) and sleep disorders (OSA) impacts swallowing function and respiratory-swallow coordination. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for approximately 15 years and supervises graduate student clinicians in the CSD master’s program in speech-language pathology within the UPMC health systems. Garand has Board Certifications in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and Brain Injury (CBIS). Part of her professional service responsibilities include editor of ASHA’s SIG 13 Perspectives journal and the vice chairperson of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her work has been funded through the VA and ASHFoundation, in additional to internal funding awarded through her previous faculty employment as an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama.