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Bonnie Martin-Harris

Bonnie Martin-Harris

Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S
Professor and Director
PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science Program
151-B Rutledge Ave, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425-0962

Phone: (843) 792-7162


  • B.S., Speech Pathology, Bowling Green State University (1979)
  • M.S., Speech Pathology, Purdue University (1981)
  • Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Swallowing and Respiratory Functions, Northwestern University (1991)

Areas of Teaching

  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Otolaryngology Resident lecture series

Graduate Studies Education

  • College of Health Professions,
  • Dysphagia, CSD 540
  • Voice & Resonance Disorders
  • HRS 816 Translational Research
  • HRS 740 Special Topics Laboratory Rotation
  • HRS 725 Independent Study

Continuing Medical Education

  • Head & Neck Tumor Conference
  • Voice & Swallowing Grand Rounds

Research Interests

  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Voice Disorders
  • Respiration and Swallowing Coordination
  • Swallowing Impairment and Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer

Selected Publications

  1. Martin-Harris B, Logemann J, McMahon S, Schleicher M, Sandidge J. (2000) Clinical utility of the modified barium swallow. Dysphagia 15(3): 136-41. [PMID: 10839826]
  2. Martin-Harris B, Michel Y, Castell D. (2005) Physiologic model of oropharyngeal swallowing revisited.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 133(2):234-40. [PMID: 16087021]
  3. Martin-Harris B, Brodsky M, Price C, Michel Y, Walters B. (2005) Temporal coordination of laryngeal dynamics and breathing during swallowing: Single liquid swallows. J Applied Physiol 94: 1735-43, 2003. [PMID: 2506044]
  4. Martin-Harris B, Brodsky M, Michel Y, Ford CL, Walters B, Heffner J. (2005) Breathing and swallowing dynamics across the adult lifespan. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 131: 762-70. [PMID: 16172351]
  5. Gillespie M, Brodsky M, Day T, Sharma A, Lee F-S, Martin-Harris B. (2005) Laryngeal penetration and aspiration during swallow after the treatment of advanced oropharyngeal cancer. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 131: 615-19. [PMID: 16027285]
  6. Dozier T, Brodsky M, Michel Y, Walters B Jr, Martin-Harris B. (2006) Coordination of swallowing and respiration in normal sequential swallowing. Laryngoscope 116: 1489-93. [PMID: 16885759]
  7. McHorney C, Martin-Harris B, Robbins J, Rosenbek J. (2006).The clinical validity of the SWAL-QOL and SWAL-CARE outcome tools with respect to bolus flow measures. Dysphagia, 21, 141-148. [PMID: 16715210]
  8. Martin-Harris B. (2007) Do we have valid and reliable means of quantifying severity of oropharyngeal dysphagia? Moving toward standardization. Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) 16(1): 20-24.
  9. Gillespie M, Day T, Sharma A, Brodsky M, Martin-Harris B. (2007) Role of mitomycin in upper digestive tract stricture. Head Neck 29: 12-17. [PMID: 17022087]
  10. Martin-Harris B, Brodsky M, Michel Y, Lee F-S, Walters B. (2007) Delayed initiation of the pharyngeal swallow: Normal variability in adult swallows. J Speech Lang Hear Res 50(3): 585-94. [PMID:17538102]
  11. Martin-Harris B. (2008) Clinical implications of respiratory-swallowing interactions. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 16(3): 194-99. [PMID: 18475070]
  12. Martin-Harris B, Brodsky, M, Michel, Y, Castell, D, Schleicher, M, Sandidge, J, Maxwell, R, Blair, J. (2008) MBS measurement tool of swallow impairment – MBSImp: Establishing a standard. Dysphagia (4):392-405. [PMID: 18855050]
  13. Robbins J, Butler S, Daniels S, Gross R, Langmore S, Lazarus C, Martin-Harris B, McCabe, D, Musson, N., & Rosenbek, J. (2008) Swallowing and dysphagia rehabilitation: Translating principles of neural plasticity into clinically oriented evidence. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51(1):S276 300. [PMID: 18230851]
  14. Martin-Harris B, Jones B. (2009) The videofluorographic swallowing study. Otorinolaringologia,59:19- 29.[ PMCID: PMC2586156]
  15. Brodsky M, McFarland D, Dozier T, Blair J, Ayers C, Michel Y, Gillespie, M, Day T, Martin-Harris B. (2010) Respiratory-swallow phase patterns and their relationship to swallowing impairment in treated oropharyngeal cancer patients. Head Neck. [PMID: 19780056]

Ongoing Research Support

  • 1 R01DC011290-01A1 Martin-Harris (MPI) 01/01/11-12/31/15
    The primary goal of this project is to develop and test a standardized method of physiologic assessment of swallowing impairment in bottle-fed infants.
    Role on Project: MPI
  • 1 R21 DC010480-01A1 Martin-Harris (PI) 08/11/09-7/31/11
    Respiratory Phase Training Effects on Swallow Impairment in Oropharyngeal Cancer
    The primary goal of this award is to assess the impact of a novel treatment intervention on the swallowing function of oropharyngeal cancer patients with dysphagia that exhibit non-optimal respiratory-swallow phase patterns.
    Role on Project: Principal Investigator
  • 5 R01 DC007640-02 Deliyski (PI) 02/01/07–01/31/12
    Efficacy of Laryngeal High-Speed Videoendoscopy
    The primary purpose of this project is to develop improved high-speed videoendoscopy (HSV)-based methods for the visualization and automatic measurement of vocal fold vibratory characteristics that will facilitate the clinical and research use of this technology, and to begin establishing the clinical validity, practicality, and relevance of HSV in the functional evaluation of vocal fold pathology.
    Role on Project: Co-Investigator
  • VA RR&D C7135R Martin-Harris (PI) 2010- 2013
    Respiratory-Swallow Training in Veterans with Oropharyngeal Cancer
    The primary goal of this award is to assess the impact of a novel treatment intervention on the swallowing function of veterans with dysphagia that exhibit non-optimal respiratory-swallow phase patterns following treatment for oropharyngeal cancer.
    Role on Project: Principal Investigator
  • SCTR Pilot Project Bonilha (PI)
    Impact of Acute Stroke Brain Lesions and Swallowing Impairment on Short-term Swallowing Outcome
    The primary goal of this research is to assess the impact of acute stroke brain lesion on swallowing impairment on short-term swallowing outcomes.
    Role of Project: Co-Investigator, Mentor
  • KL2 SCTR Scholar Award
    Standardizing Laryngeal Endoscopy Bonilha (PI)
    The primary goal of this research is to develop and rigorously test a method for detailing and quantifying vocal fold vibratory features from videostroboscopic images.
    Role on Project: Primary Mentor


  • 2003 – 2004 Health Sciences Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, Educator-Mentor Category, MUSC
  • 2003 Second Place Oral Presentation Award, Dysphagia Research Society Twelfth Annual Meeting
  • 2005 Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • 2006 Honors of the Association, South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • 2007 Second Place Oral Presentation Award (as co-author), Dysphagia Research Society Fifteenth Annual Meeting
  • 2010 Second Place Poster Presentation Award (as mentor), Dysphagia Research Society, Eighteenth Annual Meeting
  • 2010 International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Manuel Garcia Prize (as co-author)
  • 2010 Medical University of South Carolina, College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year

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