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Cara Donohue

Assistant Professor and Director of Medical Speech-Language Pathology


  • B.A., 2013, University of Minnesota, MN
  • M.A., 2015, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Ph.D. 2021, University of Pittsburgh, PA


Dr. Cara Donohue completed her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota in 2013 and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota in 2015. Following this, she completed her clinical fellowship year at the University of Minnesota Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic. Upon completion of her clinical fellowship year, Dr. Donohue pursued her doctoral training in the Computational Deglutition Lab at the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated in 2021. She then completed her post-doctoral research fellowship in the Aerodigestive Research Core Laboratory at the University of Florida.

Her long-term goal as a clinician scientist is to improve clinical care, patient outcomes, and quality of life for individuals suffering from swallowing disorders. More specifically, her clinical research work seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms of swallowing impairments that occur secondary to respiratory and neurological diseases, to then develop sensitive screening techniques, accurate assessment methods, and effective treatment approaches for individuals with impaired pulmonary, cough, and swallow function and to align them with the mechanisms of action of these diseases.



Innovative Research in Aerodigestive Disorders