Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Laboratory Director
Georgia A. Malandraki, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Associate Professor at the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a courtesy appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, and the Research Director of the Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Laboratory and Clinic. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and holds adjunct academic appointments at the Program of Communication Sciences and Disorders of Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and at the School of Medicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is a faculty associate of the Purdue Center for Aging and Life Course and a core member of the new Purdue Mi-Bio Team.
The primary aim of Dr. Malandraki’s research is to uncover the central and peripheral neural mechanisms of swallowing function, in an effort to inform clinical decisions and develop neurophysiologically-driven treatments for children and adults with dysphagia. Dr. Malandraki is also one of the pioneers in the area of dysphagia telehealth, leading the effort to establish evidence-based teledynamic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for the rehabilitation of dysphagia in underserved populations. Finally, she is an active advocate for the field of dysphagia in her home country, Greece, where she leads the effort to collect the first epidemiological data for dysphagia and to improve training and rehabilitation for swallowing disorders.
To learn more about the research programs Dr. Malandraki leads, please select the Our Research link on the top of the page.
Dr. Malandraki’s academic and research contributions have resulted in multiple honors and awards through the years, including the 2011 Early Career Contributions in Research Award by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and the 2014 Diana Bracco Outstanding Board Specialty Certification Award. Her team was awarded the Best Abstract and Oral Presentation Award at the 2017 Congress of the European Society of Swallowing Disorders (ESSD). More recently, Dr. Malandraki was awarded the 2019 NIH NIBIB R21 Trailblazer Award as well as the Purdue University 2019 College of Health and Human Sciences Early Career Research Achievement Award.
Dr. Malandraki is also dedicated to high quality academic and clinical instruction and has been repeatedly recognized for her teaching. In the past four years, she has won four departmental teaching awards (four as Outstanding Graduate Instructor and one as Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor), and in 2018 she was awarded the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award.
She was also instrumental in establishing the Purdue I-EaT clinic on campus. Since 2015, she has served on the Editorial Board for ASHA’s SIG13 Perspectives in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders journal, and from 2016-2018 she served on the Dysphagia Research Society Board (as a Councilor). She currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Sciences and as guest Editor for AJSLP.
For her full curriculum vitae (updated twice a year), please click the link below: