Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
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.
PhD from University of Toronto
European spine journal. 2023 Mar; 32(3):969-976
Journal of speech, language, & hearing research. 2023 Jan 31; 1-12
Current opinion in otolaryngology & head & neck surgery. 2022 Dec 01; 30(6):400-405
Dysphagia. 2021 Dec; 36(6):1096-1109
Dysphagia. 2020 Apr; 35(2):389-398
Dysphagia. 2020 Apr; 35(2):220-230
Journal of speech, language, & hearing research. 2020 01 22; 63(1):125-134