About Raele Robison, M.S.

Raele Robison was born in raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania- a small town affectionately referred to as “The Christmas City”. She spent the majority of her life in Bethlehem before moving to receive an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate studies, Raele worked as a recreational aide for children with Autism and also spent time serving as a teacher’s assistant at an early childhood education center. It was while working as patient safety assistant in a hospital, however, that Raele developed her knowledge and passion for working with adults with neurogenic disorders and fostered her interest in becoming a medically-based Speech-Language Pathologist. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in 2013; Raele moved from West Chester to Tampa in order to study for a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Florida (USF).

At the onset of her graduate degree, Raele expressed interested in working on a thesis under the tutelage of Dr. Plowman which granted Raele the opportunity to deepen her understanding of bulbar dysfunction in neurodegenerative disease populations and particularly in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Through collaborative efforts with the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (Toronto, CA); Raele conducted a case series examining the effects of lingual exercise in persons with ALS.

After successful defense of her Masters thesis and graduation from USF in the summer of 2015, Raele began studies in the Rehabilitation Sciences and Disorders Doctoral program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During her Doctoral studies, Raele is hoping to continue to examine mechanisms of the tongue and the role that this muscle plays in the development of dysphagia in neurodegenerative populations. She is excited to serve as a Graduate Assistant for the NSSR lab and further expand her research experiences and contributions as a member of the Swallowing Systems Core.