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Dawn Wetzel

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Dysphagia, neurogenic disorders of communication
  • Medical speech-language pathology

Biography:

Dawn Wetzel is a Clinical Associate Professor and provides clinical education in medical speech-language pathology at an acute care hospital with specialization in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia and neurogenic disorders of communication.  She came to Purdue University in 2007. Through a collaborative relationship between Purdue University and Indiana University Health Arnett she developed a hospital-based Medical Speech-Language Pathology practicum for graduate students in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Masters SLP program. Ms. Wetzel co-developed and co-instructs the Medical Speech-Language Pathology course.

Throughout her career, Ms. Wetzel has worked in medical speech-language pathology with primary emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia in the adult population in diverse settings including hospitals, rehabilitation settings, skilled nursing facilities, mobile modified barium swallows, and a multidisciplinary swallowing clinic.  Prior to coming to Purdue, she served as the Coordinator of Speech-Language Pathology within the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, where she managed the delivery of speech-language pathology services, educated medical students, physicians, and allied healthcare professionals, and served various clinics and committees.

Ms. Wetzel holds the Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association as well as her Indiana State License in Speech-Language Pathology .She is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Specialty Interest Group in Dysphagia, and the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Ms. Wetzel serves as co-coordinator of the Indiana Voice Dysphagia Network. She was selected to participate in the ASHA Healthcare Leadership Development Program and as the sole speech-language pathologist to represent Indiana on the ASHA Advisory Council.

Recent Publications and Presentations:

Individualized Dysphagia Plan (IDP): Using Evidence to Develop a Unique Plan of Care for your Patient with Dysphagia (Part I and II) Indiana Speech-Language Hearing Association, Indianapolis, Indiana 

Grassroots Networking: Twenty Years of the Indiana Voice & Dysphagia; Network, Poster presentation, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Chicago, Illinois

The Plot Thickens-What Do We Really Know About Thickened Liquids; Indiana Voice and Dysphagia Network Symposium.  Indianapolis, Indiana.

Problem Solving Swallowing: Information to Help You Better Understand and Treat Swallowing Difficulties, Home and Family Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana