• Position: Assistant ProfessorAffoo_Rebecca_Portrait.jpg
  • Department: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Campus Address: 2169 Health Professions Building
  • Phone: 989-774-7304
  • Email: affoo1r@cmich.edu
  • Courses: CDO 714 Motor Speech Disorders

Degrees and Universities

B.HSc. Western University 2006
M.CI.Sc. Western University 2008
Ph.D. Western University 2015

Professional Organizations

American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Special Interest Groups: 13 Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, 15 Gerontology
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
Speech-Language and Auiology Canada
Internatonal Association of Dental Research
American Geriatrics Society


Toogood, J.A., Smith, R.C., Stevens, T.K., Gati, J.S., Menon, R.S., Theurer, J., Weisz, S., Affoo, R.H., & Martin, R.E. (2016). Swallowing Preparation and Execution: Insights from a Delayed-Response Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Study. Dysphagia (submitted).

Affoo, R.H., Foley, N., Garrick, R., Siqueira, W.L., & Martin, R.E. (2015). A Meta-Analysis of Salivary Flow Rates in Young and Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 63(10), 2142-51.

Abe, K., Weisz, S.E.M., Dunn, R.L., DiGioacchino, M.C., Nyentap, J.A., Stanbouly, S., Theurer, J.A., Bureau, Y., Affoo, R.H., & Martin, R.E. (2015). Occurrences of Yawn and Swallow are Temporally Related. Dysphagia. 30(1), 57-66.

Foley, N., Affoo, R.H., & Martin, R.E. (2014). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Examining Pneumonia-Associated Mortality in Dementia. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. 39, 52-67.

Affoo, R.H., Foley, N., Rosenbek, J., Shoemaker, J.K., & Martin, R.E. (2013). Swallowing Dysfunction and Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Scoping Review of the Evidence. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 61(12), 2203-2213.

Affoo, R.H., Dasgupta, M., & Martin R.E. (2012). Dysphagia in Delirium. Two Case Studies [letter to the editor]. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 60(10), 1975-6.

Research Areas

Oral health, salicary flow and composition, and oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal swallowing in older adults with and without dementia.