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A Florida native of West Palm Beach, Melissa Miller is a Research Assistant in the Swallowing Systems Core Laboratory working under the guidance of Ianessa Humbert. Melissa graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Florida State University in 2013 and recently completed her Master’s Thesis and obtainted her Master of Arts degree from The University of Florida in 2017. She gained her Certificate of Clinical Competence in May of 2018.

She is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida working with adults across the continuum of care including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing care. Her clinical fellowship experience includes diagnosing and treating individuals with dysphagia and communication disorders following stroke, neurodegenerative disease, head and neck cancer, traumatic brain injury, laryngeal pathologies, respiratory dysfunction and organ surgery/transplant. Her research interest in the Swallowing Systems Core Lab includes mechanisms of upper airway protection during swallowing in normal and disordered swallowing.