• 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 230 Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Disabilities/Differences in Society
    CDO 638  Adult and Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding Disorders
    CDO 639 Hypopharyngeal Visualization
    CDO 713 Voice/Resonance Disorders/Laryngectomee Rehabilitation
    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: 2 Neurogenic Communication Disorders, 3 Voice and Voice Disorders, 10 Issues in Higher Education, 13 Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, 15 Gerontology
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
International Association of Dental Research
American Geriatrics Society
Dysphagia Research Society


Foley, N.C., Affoo, R.H., Siqueira, W., Martin, R.E. (2017). A systematic review examining the oral health status of persons with dementia. Journal of Dental Research – Clinical and Translational Research 2(4):330-342.

Ho, A.K., Affoo, R.H., Rogus-Pulia, N., Nicosia, M., Inamoto, Y., Saitoh, E., Green, S., Fels, S. (2017). Inferring the effects of saliva on liquid bolus flow using computer simulation. Computers in Biology and Medicine 89:304-313.

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

Rebecca H. Affoo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her research examines elements of oral health and saliva to inform development of novel dysphagia interventions for older adults with dementia. She is also passionate about the scholarship of teaching and learning in the field of communication sciences and disorders.