I-EaT Swallowing Research Laboratory Director
Georgia A. Malandraki, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, is a 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 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, at the School of Medicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. As of January of 2021, she is also a Visiting Professor for the Advanced Master of Science in Deglutology at the KU (Katholieke Universiteit), Leuven. Further, she is a faculty associate of the Purdue Center for Aging and Life Course and one of the founding members of the Purdue CEREBBRAL Center.
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 in the US. Finally, she is an active advocate for the field of dysphagia in her home country, Greece.
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. 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. In 2021 she was inducted as one of the 2021 Fellows of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which is one of the highest honors ASHA bestows, and her team won the prestigious 2021 JSLHR Editor's Award (Speech section) for their article entitled "Validation of a Novel Wearable Electromyography Patch for Monitoring Submental Muscle Activity During Swallowing: A Randomized Crossover Trial" (Kantarcigil et al., 2020). In 2022 she was awarded Honors of the Association from the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Malandraki is also dedicated to high quality academic and clinical instruction and has been repeatedly recognized for her teaching. Since her joining Purdue (in 2014), she has won seven departmental teaching awards (six 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. She has served on the Editorial Board of leading ASHA Journals (JSLHR, SIG13), and has served as Guest Associate Editor for AJSLP. She is now serving as one of the Editors for AJSLP (2021-2024). Further, from 2016-2018 she served on the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) Board (as a Councilor), and in 2020 she was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer of DRS. In 2021 she served as the President-Elect of DRS and is currently the President of the Society (2022-2023).
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