Aarthi Madhavan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

404B Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) (fax) 814-865-8133




Ph.D., University of Florida, 2016

Research Interests

My research interests lie in attempting to mitigate the negative health consequences of dysphagia (swallowing disorders) in older adults. In working toward this goal, my lab will be focused on improving assessment and screening of dysphagia in the elderly population; specifically in developing a screening tool for the early identification of swallowing difficulties in the community dwelling elderly population. This research involves close collaborations with clinicians and researchers in the fields of aging, nutrition, cognition, neuromotor abilities, and questionnaire and tool development.

Selected Publications

Madhavan, A., LaGorio, LA., Crary, MA., Dahl, WD., Carnaby, GD (2016). Prevalence and risk factors for dysphagia in the community dwelling elderly: a systematic review. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. 20 (8).

Madhavan, A., Carnaby, GD., Crary MA. (2015). ‘Food sticking in my throat’: Videofluoroscopic evaluation of a common symptom. Dysphagia, 30 (3). 

Madhavan, A., Haak, N.J., Carnaby, G.D., Crary, M.A (2014). Neurophysiology of swallowing disorders and its treatment. In Bahr, R (Ed.) & Silliman, E (Ed.), Handbook of communication disorders. New York, NY: Routledge

Carnaby, GD., Madhavan, A. (2013). A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials in the Field of Dysphagia Rehabilitation. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep, 1.

Sura, L., Madhavan, A., Carnaby, GD., Crary, MA. (2012). Dysphagia in the elderly: Management and Nutritional Considerations. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 7. 

Courses Taught

CSD 146 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD 548 Dysphagia

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Health Care Systems