The Inception and Pitfalls of Evidence-Based Practice in Swallowing

The Inception and Pitfalls of Evidence-Based Practice in Swallowing
Dr. Ianessa Humbert

Power Up Conference, Day 2 December 3rd, 10am ET/ 7am PT

The division between theory and practice are common concerns within dysphagia management. This can be observed in cultural division between clinical and research faculty in academia and heard in complaints among students who suggest their numerous theoretical swallowing classes didn’t tell them “what to do” with a patient. While practice is the ‘doing’ to improve something in clinical domains, theory provides the basis or reason giving to explain what was done. In this presentation, Dr. Humbert will discuss the inception and pitfalls of Evidence-Based Practice in swallowing research and explore the possibility of Theory-Based Practice as a solution to strengthening the connections between science, academia, and clinical domains.

ASHA: 0.2

Intermediate, Live

CA SLPAHB: 2.0 Live 

CMH: 2.0 Live

Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D. is an accomplished scientist, professor, and highly sought-after speaker with expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders.  With over 100 speaking invitations around the world, the most common feedback from attendees continues to be “This is the first time a course has really forced me to think about what I’m doing”. Dr. Humbert’s teaching philosophy requires attendees to question everything they think they know before learning can begin. 

Dr. Humbert’s innovative training style has been funded by ASHFoundation and extends to non-traditional learning formats. She is the co-creator of the popular Down the Hatch podcast and has co-founded online learning tools including STEP (Swallowing Training and Education Portal), lovingly known as Swallowing Netflix, and has developed high-quality, no-cost learning tools available on her YouTube Channel. Dr. Humbert has demonstrated her gift for creating images that depict the dynamism of swallowing via Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts or SNAPS (on STEP). Dr. Humbert also conjures up provocative thinking and discussion in a Podcast she co-created with Meredith Poole, Ph.D. called Evidence and Argument in CSD.


Dr. Humbert has been on faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa. The content from Dr. Humbert’s courses are supported by scientific evidence from her laboratory, from the larger body of research literature, and of course, common sense!

  • Identify cognitive biases that derail clinical practices from being supported by evidence versus myths and/or unsupported or assumed ideas in swallowing
  • Differentiate evidence-based practice from theory-based practice in swallowing research
  • List justifications for collecting clinical evidence in their practice when working with individuals with dysphagia.

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

Financial— Dr. Humbert will receive a speaking fee from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference. Dr. Humbert is the co-creator of the popular Down the Hatch podcast and has co-founded online learning tools including STEP (Swallowing Training and Education Portal)

Nonfinancial— Dr. Humbert is the co-creator of the Evidence and Argument in CSD. podcast.

5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction

25 mins – Review of popular therapeutic approaches

50 mins – Methodology

30 mins – Results and Recommendations

10 mins – Q&A

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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