Phyllis Palmer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Photo: Phyllis Palmer

Department Chair

Associate Professor

(505) 277-4453
Speech and Hearing Sciences 1367
dysphagia, voice
External Lab: 
Dysphagia Lab

Curriculum vitae


Phyllis M. Palmer received her Master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. She worked as a clinician in various medical settings for 10 years before returning to school for her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Her teaching has focused on the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing function. Dr. Palmer’s research has focused primarily on oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal motor function as it relates to swallowing in  healthy individuals and individuals with various disorders, particularly OPMD.

Recent/Selected Publications:

Palmer, P.M., Neel, A.T., Sprouls, G., & Morrison, L. (2010) Swallow characteristics in patients with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 53, 1567-1578.

Palmer, P.M. (2010). Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy. In H.N. Jones & J.C. Rosenbek (Eds.), Dysphagia in Rare Conditions: An Encyclopedia. San Diego,CA: Plural Publishing.

Palmer, P.M., Jaffe, D.M., McCulloch, T.M., Finnegan, E.M., Van Daele, D.J. & Luschei, E.S. (2008). Quantitative contributions of the muscles of the tongue, floor of mouth, jaw and velum to intraoral pressure generation. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 51(4), 828-35.

Neel, A.T., Palmer, P.M., & Gass, C.A. (2008). Can IOPI be used to measure tongue pressure for speech sounds? Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 16(4), 235-241.

Neel, A.T., Palmer, P.M., Sprouls, G., & Morrison, L. (2006). Tongue Strength and Speech Intelligibility in Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 14(4), 273-277.