Karen W. Hegland, PhD, CCC-SLP

Karen W. Hegland, , PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Research InterestsCenter for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
Dr. Hegland’s research interests are related to mechanisms of airway protection and their dysfunction in patients with neuro-degenerative disease. Dr. Hegland studies both sensory and motor aspects of upper airway function and airway protective behaviors. The long-term goal of her research is to decrease morbidity and mortality associated with airway protection deficits, such as aspiration pneumonia.

Dr. Karen Hegland’s research interests focus on mechanisms of normal and disordered airway protection. These mechanisms include sensorimotor aspects of swallowing and cough. The primary research methods employed by her laboratory include reflex cough testing, aerodynamic cough analysis, videoflurorscopic swallow evaluation, laryngoscopy, and respiratory load magnitude estimation.  Current research protocols seek to enroll participants with neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s disease, patients who have had a stroke, patients with certain voice disorders, and healthy older adults.

Lab website: uad-lab.slhs.phhp.ufl.edu

Degrees and Training

  • BA, University of Florida
  • MA, University of Florida
  • PhD, University of Florida
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Florida