Barbara Carol Sonies

Barbara Carol Sonies

Barbara Carol Sonies
University of Maryland, USA


Dr. Barbara Sonies, formerly Chief of Speech Language Pathology Section and Chief of the Oral Motor Function Section, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, is currently a research professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and adjunct professor at George Washington University Speech and Hearing Department. She received the Honors of ASHA and is an ASHA Fellow. She founded the ASHA Dysphagia Special Interest Division and developed the original plan for Board Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Sonies has Specialty Recognition in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is Secretary of the Specialty Recognition Board. She has published many articles and presented hundreds of seminars and workshops on Dysphagia. She continues to mentor students and professionals in Dysphagia practice. She originated the use of ultrasound to image the oral cavity for speech and swallowing and has conducted research on various conditions that impact on swallowing function.

Research Interest

Rehabilitation Medicine
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Speech-Language Pathology
Neurologic Communication Disorders in Adults