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Samantha Shune

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Contact Info

Office Location: 
249 HEDCO Education Building
Phone: 
(541) 346-7494
Faculty
Assistant Professor
Education: 
B.A., University of Michigan, Linguistics and Psychology
M.A., The Ohio State University, Speech and Hearing Science
Ph.D., University of Iowa, Speech and Hearing Science
Research and Outreach Unit(s): 

Samantha is an assistant professor and teaches in the area of medical speech-language pathology, including dysphagia and voice disorders. Her research and clinical interests include the effects of healthy and pathologic aging on the physiologic and communicative aspects of the swallowing and mealtime process. Prior to returning to school for her PhD and throughout her program, she worked as an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist in various medical settings (inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, acute care), with a particular focus on dysphagia and stroke rehabilitation.

Publications: 

Shune, S. & Foster, K. (in press). Goal-directed drinking behaviors can be modified through behavioral mimicry. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Shune, S.E., & Moon, J.B. (2016). Effects of age and non-oropharyngeal proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensation on the magnitude of anticipatory mouth opening during eating. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 43(9), 662-669.

Shune, S., Moon, J.B., & Goodman, S.S. (2016). The effects of age and and pre-oral sensorimotor cues on anticipatory mouth movement during swallowing. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59(2), 195-205.

Shune, S. & Duff, M.C. (2014). Verbal play as a discourse resource in the social interactions of older and younger communication pairs. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 5(2), 193-216.

Shune, S. & Moon, J.B. (2012). Neuromuscular electrical stimulation in dysphagia management: Clinician use and perceived barriers. Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders, 39, 54-67.

Shune, S. & Duff, M.C. (2012). Verbal play as an interactional discourse resource in early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Aphasiology, 26(6), 811-825.

Shune, S.E., Karnell, L.H., Karnell, M.P., Van Daele, D.J., & Funk, G.F. (2012). The association between severity of dysphagia and survival in patients with head and neck cancer. Head & Neck, 34(6), 776-784.

Nittrouer, S., Shune, S., & Lowenstein, J.H. (2011). What is the deficit in phonological processing deficits: Auditory sensitivity, masking, or category formation? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108(4), 762-785.

Recent Presentations (* indicates students author)

Shune, S. & Moon, J.B. (2016). Age and pre-oral sensation impact the magnitude of anticipatory lip/jaw lowering. Dysphagia Research Society, Tucson, AZ, February.

Shune, S., *Aiello, A., *Belfit, S., *Cooper, M., & *Manghera, D. (2015). Comparison of two tools for dysphagia student learning: A pilot study comparing MBSImP and Swallowtail. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO, November. **Meritorious poster designation (top 3%)**

*Foster, K. & Shune, S. (2015). Monkey see, monkey swallow? An exploratory study on the effects of mimcry on eating behaviors. Oregona Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October.

Shune, S. & Moon, J.B. (2014). Eating is not just swallowing: Redefining the “swallowing” process in the elderly. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL, November.

Shune, S. (2014). Eating is not just swallowing: Defining the "anticipatory" components of the mealtime process. (Invited speaker). Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference, Eugene, OR, October.

Shune, S. & Moon, J.B. (2014). Effects of age and sensation on the anticipatory stage of swallowing. Dysphagia Research Society, Nashville, TN, March.

Shune, S. & Duff, M.C. (2012). Verbal play as an interactional discourse resource in healthy and disordered aging. Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA, November.

Shune, S. & Duff, M.C. (2011). Verbal play across the lifespan. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA, November.

Shune, S. & Moon, J.B. (2011). Current approaches to dysphagia therapy: A survey of speech-language pathologists in Iowa. Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Des Moines, IA, October.

Shune, S., Karnell, L.H., Karnell, M.P., Van Daele, D.J., & Funk, G.F. (2011). The association between dysphagia severity and survival in patients with head and neck cancer. Dysphagia Research Society, San Antonio, TX, March.

Shune, S. & Duff, M.C. (2010). Verbal play among elderly individuals with and without Alzheimer’s Disease. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November.

Blog/Online Contributions

Shune, S. (2014, Dec 1). From the Table to the Stomach and Everything in Between: Striving for Mealtime Success. http://www.swallowstudy.com/?p=567

Shune, S. (2015, March 19). Moving beyond the isolated swallow: Dysphagia in the context of the shared mealtime.  http://www.dysphagiacafe.com/2015/03/19/moving-beyond-the-isolated-swall...

Research: 

Broadly, Samantha's research program is aimed at mitigating the deleterious effects of both healthy and pathologic aging on the eating process. Under- and malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration, and declines in the rates of social interaction and social network size are prevalent and debilitating concerns for older adults. The shared mealtime process provides a particularly potent opportunity to address the intricate relationships between social interaction and health-relevant biopsychosocial symptoms and outcomes. Her work focuses on integrating the physiologic components of swallowing with a more holistic view of the mealtime process (e.g., cognition, communication, socialization/social relationships). She is particularly interested in how the translation of such research into clinical practice can improve both life expectancy and quality of life for a variety of patient populations.  

Funding

University of Oregon Faculty Seed Grant ($2,500, SPECS Department Match); A community-based participatory research approach to nursing home dining practices for individuals with dysphagia (2015-2016); Role: PI

National Institutes on Health - National Institute on Aging, National Research Service Award ($52,229); F31AG042255: Effects of aging on anticipatory functional syrgergies activated during deglutition (2012-2014); Role: PI  

University of Iowa Executive Council of Graduate/Professional Students, Research Grant ($750); Effects of aging on the functional synergies activated during deglutition (2011-2013); Role: PI