Faculty Profile

Laurie Slovarp

Laurie Slovarp

Associate Professor

Fax: (406) 243-2362
Email: laurie.slovarp@umontana.edu
Office: Curry 031

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Assistant Professor




CSD Voice and Motor Speech Disorders

CSD 640 Swallowing Disorders

CSD 411 Neuroanatomy 


Idaho State University: Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Arizona State University: Master of Science, Speech and Hearing Sciences

University of Montana: Doctor of Philosophy, Independent Interdsciplinary Studies

Research Interests

Swallowing and chronic cough translational research that has a direct impact on patient care.



Mentored Theses Projects

  • Factors that differentiate the success of medical versus behavioral intervention for patients with chronic cough. Ongoing by Bridget Walsh
  • Dysphagia treatment planning: Assessing clinician’s treatment recommendations based on modified barium swallow study reports.  Defended by Jennifer Danielson Summer 2012
  • Prophylactic-dysphagia intervention for patients with head and neck cancer receiving chemoradiation therapy.  Defended by Shanna Stack Spring 2013
  • The effect of clinician-related variables on decision-making in dysphagia practice. Defended by Melissa Murphy Spring 2014

Current Ongoing Research

  • Contrasting two types of prophylactic-dysphagia treatment in patients with head and neck cancer treated with radiation with or without adjunctive chemotherapy.
  • Comparing two new tongue-base retraction exercises to traditional tongue-base retraction exercises using surface EMG to the submental triangle
  • Development of a screening tool to identify patients with chronic cough who are candidates for behavioral cough therapy
  • Viscosity study of ice cream to determine if it should be treated as a thin liquid


Slovarp, L., Off, C., Liss, J., (2015). Contrasting Two Prophylactic Dysphagia Interventions for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Treated with Radiotherapy with or without Adjunctive Chemotherapy (Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (ID no. 10375)

Slovarp, L., Azuma, T., & LaPointe, L. (2012). The effect of traumatic brain injury on sustained attention and working memory.  Brain Injury, 26(1), 48-57.

Specialized Skills

Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), 2009

Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT LOUD) Certified Clinician, 2011

Neuroscience Courses

CSD 411 - Neuroanatomy & Physiology

Home Department

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 

Area of Expertise

Swallowing Disorders; Voice

Teaching Experience

CSD 640 – Swallowing Disorders, UM, Spr 2012, Spr 2013, Spr 2014

CSD 530 – Voice and Motor Speech  Disorders, UM, F 2011, F 2012, F 2013, F 2014, F 2015

CSD 411 – Neuroanatomy and Physiology, UM, Spr 2011, Su 2012, Su 2014

CSD 530 – Voice Disorders, UM, Spr 2010, Spr 2011

CSD 565 – Neurocognitive Communication Disorders in Adults, UM, F 2010

CSD 640 – Swallowing and Motor Speech Disorders, UM, F 2010

SHS 575 – Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders, ASU, F 2004

SHS 485/598 – Acquired Speech and Language Disorders, ASU, Spr 2005

SHS 578 – Disorders of Voice, ASU, Su 2002

Professional Experience

Aug ’11 – present        The University of Montana, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

  • Assistant Professor
  • Instructor for graduate courses in voice, swallowing, motor speech disorders, and neurocognitive communication disorders
  • Clinical supervisor for voice and swallowing clinic

Jan ’10 – present        The University of Montana, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Instructor for graduate courses in voice, swallowing, motor speech disorders, and neurocognitive communication disorders
  • Clinical supervisor

Jan ’08 – present        Advanced Speech Therapy, Inc., Missoula, Montana

  • President and owner
  • Contract speech therapy services to local and surrounding nursing homes and hospitals
  • Out-patient dysphagia and voice therapy

May ’05 – present        Community Medical Center, Missoula, Montana

  • PRN therapist, covering adult communication and swallowing disorders in the acute, acute rehab, and outpatient setting

May ’05 – Sep ‘08       Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation, Western Montana

  • Speech therapist for long-term care facilities and rural hospitals

Aug ’04 – May ‘05    Arizona State University, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Instructor for graduate and undergraduate courses in acquired communication disorders
  • Clinical supervisor for adult communication disorders and voice disorders, including videostroboscopy

Apr ’04 – Apr ‘05       East Valley Speech Pathology Associates, Tempe, Arizona

  • Acute and outpatient therapist at Chandler Regional Hospital and private office
  • Home Health Therapist
  • Intern supervisor for Arizona State and Northern Arizona State University graduate students

Apr ‘03 – Mar ’04      Community Medical Center: Missoula, Montana (as discussed above)

Apr ’00 – Mar ‘03      East Valley Speech Pathology Associates (as discussed above)

May ’02 – June ’02     Arizona State University Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Instructor for Voice Disorders course.


American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Montana Speech-Hearing Association (MSHA)

ASHA Special Interest Group 3: Voice and Voice Disorders

ASHA Special Interest Group 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders