JoAnne Robbins, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Medicine and Public Health, with affiliations in the departments of Medicine, Radiology, Nutritional Sciences, Food Science and Biomedical Engineering, and is associate director of research for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Robbins is the founder and director of the UW/VA Swallowing Speech And Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) program and is known nationally and internationally as a leader in the area of swallowing disorders and dysphagia rehabilitation. She has received continual federal funding for innovative clinical research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the United States Department of Agriculture since 1984 while continuing a clinical practice, as it is the patients who fuel Dr. Robbins’ research program. She is the founder and chief scientific and clinical officer of Swallow Solutions in Madison, with three patents administered by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and another patent pending.
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