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Sonja M. Molfenter, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

dysphagia, swallowing

Sonja Molfenter, PhD, is a clinically trained speech–language pathologist whose research specializes in understanding the physiological features of both normal swallowing and disordered swallowing, known as dysphagia. Swallowing function is commonly disrupted after many conditions including stroke, brain injury, head and neck cancer, and spinal cord injury.

Dr. Molfenter’s overarching research goal is to produce clinically relevant research to inform frontline clinical practice. Her research focuses on naturally occurring muscle loss in the pharynx as the result of aging. Dr. Molfenter's work aims to understand the impact of these age-related changes on swallowing function and explore methods to prevent or reverse these changes.



Academic office

Comm Sciences & Disorders, 665 Broadway

Room 928

New York, NY 10012

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PhD from University of Toronto

Molfenter, Sonja M; Amin, Milan R; Balou, Matina; Herzberg, Erica G; Frempong-Boadu, Anthony

European spine journal. 2023 Mar; 32(3):969-976

Garand, Kendrea L Focht; Grissett, Addison; Corbett, Mary Mason; Molfenter, Sonja; Herzberg, Erica G; Kim, Han Joe; Choi, Dahye

Journal of speech, language, & hearing research. 2023 Jan 31; 1-12

Curtis, James A; Molfenter, Sonja M; Troche, Michelle S

Dysphagia. 2020 Apr; 35(2):389-398

Lenell, Charles; Brates, Danielle; Pearson, William G; Molfenter, Sonja

Dysphagia. 2020 Apr; 35(2):272-280

Curtis, James A; Molfenter, Sonja; Troche, Michelle S

Dysphagia. 2020 Apr; 35(2):220-230

Brates, Danielle; Steele, Catriona M; Molfenter, Sonja M

Journal of speech, language, & hearing research. 2020 01 22; 63(1):125-134