Karen Wheeler Hegland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Location: HPNP 2135
Office phone: (352) 294-8366
Email: kwheeler@ufl.edu

Curriculum vitae


  • Speech anatomy and physiology
  • Neural bases of communication
  • Graduate voice disorders
  • Graduate motor speech disorders

Bachelors of Arts – 2001 – University of Florida
Masters of Arts – 2003 – University of Florida
Doctor of Philosophy – 2006 – University of Florida
Post-doctoral fellowship – 2010 – University of Florida

Dr. Karen Hegland’s research interests focus on mechanisms of normal and disordered airway protection. These mechanisms include sensorimotor aspects of swallowing and cough. The primary research methods employed by her laboratory include reflex cough testing, aerodynamic cough analysis, videoflurorscopic swallow evaluation, laryngoscopy, and respiratory load magnitude estimation.  Current research protocols seek to enroll participants with neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s disease, patients who have had a stroke, patients with certain voice disorders, and healthy older adults. For more information about Dr. Hegland’s research, please visit the upper airway dysfunction laboratory website.