FEATURED PILOT GRANT AWARDEE
Laurie Slovarp, Phd
University of Montana
Development of the Montana Screening for Behavioral Cough Therapy
It’s a profound task, but the hard work it takes to help improve the lives of the residents of the Mountain West through speech pathology has enormous ripple effects. Laurie Slovarp, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S who currently works at the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, University of Montana (UM) works as a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) as well as a voice, chronic cough, and upper airway specialist. Her role at UM includes clinical instruction, which she conducts through treating patients at Rocky Mountain ENT. As one of the MW CTR-IN’s Pilot Grant Awardees from Year 4, the goal of Dr. Slovarp’s current research is to improve effectiveness and reduce cost of care for patients with chronic cough. Their most recent publication is ‘Assessing referral and practice patterns of patients with chronic cough referred for behavioral cough suppression therapy’.
Dr. Laurie Slovarp received a Master’s of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Arizona State University in 2000 and a PhD in Independent Interdisciplinary studies at University of Montana in August 2015. Following attainment of her M.S. degree, she worked in hospital, outpatient rehabilitation, home health, skilled nursing and university settings for 10 years. She is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at The University of Montana.