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Contact Details

Email
sarah.perry@nzbri.org
Position
Research Fellow
Department
Department of Medicine (Christchurch)
Qualifications
PhD CCC-SLP
Research summary
Swallowing and cough
Teaching
I currently teach a course in Dysphagia Assessment, and have previously taught on the topics of Voice Disorders, Research Methods, Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Dysphagia Management, and Motor Speech Disorders.
Memberships
  • New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association - Full Member
  • American Speech-language Hearing Association - Full Member
  • International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology - Board Member
  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences - Writing Committee
Clinical
My primary clinical interests are in assessing and managing dysphagia in adults with neurological disease. I am also an expert advisor for the Broadway for Ataxia programme in New York, USA.

Research

I am a clinical researcher in speech-language pathology, with expertise in the areas of dysphagia (disordered swallowing), dystussia (disordered coughing), and dysarthria (disordered speech) in adults with neurological disease.

My current research focuses on improving ways to identify people at risk of airway protective (swallowing and cough) dysfunction, to improve outcomes for people with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

I am based at the New Zealand Brain Research Institute, and the UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery & Research in Christchurch.

Publications

Perry, S. E., Troche, M., Huber, J. E., Curtis, J., Kiefer, B., Sevitz, J., … Britton, D. (2024). Behavioral management of respiratory/phonatory dysfunction for dysarthria associated with neurodegenerative disease: A systematic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 33, 1069-1097. doi: 10.1044/2023_ajslp-23-00274

Lowell, E. R., Borders, J. C., Perry, S. E., Dakin, A. E., Sevitz, J. S., & Kuo, S.-H. (2023). Sensorimotor cough dysfunction in cerebellar ataxias. Cerebellum. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12311-023-01635-0

Sevitz, J. S., Perry, S. E., Borders, J. C., Dakin, A. E., Curtis, J. A., & Troche, M. S. (2023). The relationship between lingual strength and functional swallowing outcomes in Parkinson's disease. Dysphagia, 38, 1169-1183. doi: 10.1007/s00455-022-10543-0

Troche, M. S., Curtis, J. A., Sevitz, J. S., Dakin, A. E., Perry, S. E., Borders, J. C., … Hegland, K. W. (2023). Rehabilitating cough dysfunction in Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial. Movement Disorders, 38(2), 201-211. doi: 10.1002/mds.29268

MacAskill, M. R., Pitcher, T. L., Melzer, T. R., Myall, D. J., Horne, K.-L., Shoorangiz, R., … Livingston, L., … Pascoe, M. J., Marshall, E. T., … Perry, S. E., Meissner, W. G., … Le Heron, C. J., Keenan, R. J., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., & Anderson, T. J. (2023). The New Zealand Parkinson’s progression programme. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 53(4), 466-488. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2111448

Cole, C. L., Yu, V. X., Perry, S., Seenauth, A., Lumpkin, E. A., Troche, M. S., … Moayedi, Y. (2023). Healthy human laryngopharyngeal sensory innervation density correlates with age. Laryngoscope, 133, 773-784. doi: 10.1002/lary.30287

Journal - Research Article

Lowell, E. R., Borders, J. C., Perry, S. E., Dakin, A. E., Sevitz, J. S., & Kuo, S.-H. (2023). Sensorimotor cough dysfunction in cerebellar ataxias. Cerebellum. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12311-023-01635-0

Journal - Research Article

MacAskill, M. R., Pitcher, T. L., Melzer, T. R., Myall, D. J., Horne, K.-L., Shoorangiz, R., … Livingston, L., … Pascoe, M. J., Marshall, E. T., … Perry, S. E., Meissner, W. G., … Le Heron, C. J., Keenan, R. J., Dalrymple-Alford, J. C., & Anderson, T. J. (2023). The New Zealand Parkinson’s progression programme. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 53(4), 466-488. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2111448

Journal - Research Article

Sevitz, J. S., Perry, S. E., Borders, J. C., Dakin, A. E., Curtis, J. A., & Troche, M. S. (2023). The relationship between lingual strength and functional swallowing outcomes in Parkinson's disease. Dysphagia, 38, 1169-1183. doi: 10.1007/s00455-022-10543-0

Journal - Research Article

Troche, M. S., Curtis, J. A., Sevitz, J. S., Dakin, A. E., Perry, S. E., Borders, J. C., … Hegland, K. W. (2023). Rehabilitating cough dysfunction in Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial. Movement Disorders, 38(2), 201-211. doi: 10.1002/mds.29268

Journal - Research Article

Curtis, J. A., Borders, J. C., Perry, S. E., Dakin, A. E., Seikaly, Z. N., & Troche, M. S. (2022). Visual Analysis of Swallowing Efficiency and Safety (VASES): A standardized approach to rating pharyngeal residue, penetration, and aspiration during FEES. Dysphagia, 37, 417-435. doi: 10.1007/s00455-021-10293-5

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., Borders, J. C., Dakin, A. E., & Troche, M. S. (2022). Characterizing quality of life in caregivers of people with Parkinson's disease and dysphagia. Dysphagia, 37, 523-532. doi: 10.1007/s00455-021-10299-z

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., Huckabee, M.-L., Tompkins, G., & Milne, T. (2020). The association between oral bacteria, the cough reflex and pneumonia in patients with acute stroke and suspected dysphagia. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 47, 386-394. doi: 10.1111/joor.12903

Journal - Research Article

Yiu, Y., Curtis, J. A., Perry, S. E., & Troche, M. S. (2020). Relationship of vocal fold atrophy to swallowing safety and cough function in Parkinson's disease. Laryngoscope, 130, 303-308. doi: 10.1002/lary.28158

Journal - Research Article

Curtis, J., Perry, S., & Troche, M. S. (2019). Detection of airway invasion during flexible endoscopic evaluations of swallowing: Comparing barium, blue dye, and green dye. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28(2), 515-520. doi: 10.1044/2018_AJSLP-18-0119

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., & Troche, M. S. (2019). Dual tasking influences cough sensorimotor outcomes in healthy young adults. Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 62, 3596-3606. doi: 10.1044/2019_JSLHR-H-19-0122

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., Miles, A., Fink, J. N., & Huckabee, M.-L. (2019). The dysphagia in stroke protocol reduces aspiration pneumonia in patients with dysphagia following acute stroke: A clinical audit. Translational Stroke Research, 10(1), 36-43. doi: 10.1007/s12975-018-0625-z

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., Sevitz, J. S., Curtis, J. A., Kuo, S.-H., & Troche, M. S. (2018). Skill training resulted in improved swallowing in a person with multiple system atrophy: An endoscopy study. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, 5(4), 451-452. doi: 10.1002/mdc3.12628

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., Winkelmann, C. J., & Huckabee, M.-L. (2017). Variability in ultrasound measurement of hyoid bone displacement and submental muscle size using 2 methods of data acquisition. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 68(5), 205-210. doi: 10.1159/000473876

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S., & Huckabee, M.-L. (2017). Does diurnal variation in cough reflex testing exist in healthy young adults? Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, 239, 70-74. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2017.02.002

Journal - Research Article

Perry, S. E., Troche, M., Huber, J. E., Curtis, J., Kiefer, B., Sevitz, J., … Britton, D. (2024). Behavioral management of respiratory/phonatory dysfunction for dysarthria associated with neurodegenerative disease: A systematic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 33, 1069-1097. doi: 10.1044/2023_ajslp-23-00274

Journal - Research Other

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