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Dr. Julie Regan

Assistant Professor (Clin Speech & Language Studies)

Dr. Julie Regan is Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology in the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. She holds a BSc., MSc. and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded a Healthcare Professional Grant from the Health Research Board to complete her PhD in the School of Medicine. She has over seventeen years full-time experience in an acute hospital in Dublin during which she was a clinical specialist speech and language therapist (SLT) in adult dysphagia. During this time, she worked within Neurology, Gastroenterology, Critical Care and Respiratory multidisciplinary teams and she obtained advanced training in trans-nasal oesophagocopy, upper GI endoscopy and high resolution manometry, all of which have influenced her research interests. She also set up an IASLT-accredited videofluoroscopy training course for SLTs which continues to run annually. Her research in the area of adult dysphagia focuses on the instrumental evaluation of swallowing in clinical practice, with a focus on videofluoroscopy, endoscopy, the functional lumen imaging probe (EndoFLIP) and high resolution manometry. She also has a strong interest in evidence-based dysphagia rehabilitation. She has active research collaborations in Dublin teaching hospitals where her research focuses on high resolution manometry and dysphagia rehabilitation in people with oesophageal cancer. She is currently leading a national multi-site observational cohort study to investigate dysphagia and communication difficulties amongst adults hospitalised with COVID-19 across Ireland. She is involved in the development of the Trinity College Dublin Dysphagia Centre, which is the only university based multidisciplinary dysphagia research centre in Ireland. She has over eighty peer-reviewed publications, including five book chapters. She received a Provost Project Award in 2018 for a study evaluating dysphagia pre-habilitation in adults with oesophageal cancer. She is actively involved in the European Society of Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) and she is a member of the International Pharyngeal Manometry Working group. She is a regular reviewer for numerous international peer-review journals and she has acted as grant reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She has recently been appointed Editor of the IASLT-affiliated journal, Advances in Communication and Swallowing. She is a member of two Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) committees. Her undergraduate teaching is in the areas of acquired dysarthria, adult neurology and dysphagia across the lifespan. She received a Trinity Teaching Excellence Award in 2020. She is an invited lecturer on the ESSD Masters programme in swallowing disorders and she was recently appointed a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Medicine in KU Leuven University where she lectures on the MSc in Deglutology. She has supervised PhD and MSc students to completion in the field of dysphagia and she has acted as internal and external PhD examiner. She was appointed college tutor in 2019 and she has been a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee since 2017. She is a member of the TCD Inter-professional Learning (IPL) steering group and she is currently School Director of Global Relations.
     DEGLUTITION DISORDERS   Dysarthria   DYSPHAGIA   Neurological Disorders   OESOPHAGUS   Swallowing Disorders   VIDEO FLUOROSCOPY
 Adaption of the Functional Lumen Imaging Probe for non-radiological evaluation of the upper oesophageal sphincter
 Impact of a novel swallow prehabilitation programme on clinical and quality of life outcomes in adults with oesophageal cancer
 Expiratory muscle strength training to improve swallowing outcomes post oesophagectomy
 Sensory stimulation to alter pharyngeal swallow dynamics in neurogenic dysphagia: a high resolution manometry study
 Dysphagia and Communication Difficulties amongst Hospitalised adults with COVID-19 across Ireland (DISCOVER): a multi-site observational cohort study

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Member of Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) International Interprofessional Committee 2021
Member of Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) Awards and Scholarships Committee 2021
Editor, Advances in Communication and Swallowing (official journal of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists) 2020
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven 2021
Member of the International Pharyngeal High Resolution Manometry Working Group 2019
Reviewer for journals including Neurogastroenterology and Motility, Dysphagia, European Radiology, Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders: International Journal of Speech and Language Pathology: Geriatrics: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica: Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology; Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies amongst other journals
Member of panel of assessors, CORU (regulatory body) 2018
Board member of Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association 2007-2009
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Full member of Dysphagia Research Society 2008 present
Member of European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) 2012 present
Member of the International Pharyngeal High Resolution Impedance Manometry (PHRIM) Working Group March 2019 present
Member of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) 2000 present
Member of Irish Adult Dysphagia Special Interest Group 2001 present
Member of the Trinity Academic Gastroenterology Group (TAGG) 2012 present
Registered with CORU (Registration body for Health & Social Care Professionals in Ireland) 2014
Julie Regan, Emerging Role of Pharyngeal High Resolution Manometry in Dysphagia Evaluation, ENTUK BACO International 2020, Trinity College Dublin, January 10th , 2021, BACO, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Regan J, Walshe M, Lavan S, Horan E.... Whyte A, Dysphagia, Dysphonia and Dysarthria Outcomes amongst Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19 across Ireland, The Laryngoscope, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Heslin, N. & Regan, J., Effect of effortful swallow on pharyngeal pressures during swallowing in adults with dysphagia: A pharyngeal high-resolution manometry study, International Journal of Speech and Language Pathology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Regan J, Walshe M, Lavan S,Horan E et al., Post-Extubation Dysphagia and Dysphonia amongst Adults with COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland: a Prospective Multi-Site Observational Cohort Study, Clinical Otolaryngology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Coyne, M. & Regan, J., Measuring the social impact of contemporary dysphagia research: an altmetric analysis, Speech, Language and Hearing, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Barry, E. & Regan, J., An examination into the effect of genetic taste status and intensity of carbonation on swallowing and palatability in healthy young adults, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Rouse, Rachel & Regan, Julie, Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Speech and Language Therapists working with Adult Dysphagia: A National Survey, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Estupinan Artiles C, Regan J, Donnellan C, Dysphagia screening for post stroke patients living in residential care settings: a scoping review, International Journal of Stroke, European Stroke Organisation/World Stroke Organisation Conference 2020, Online , 7th-9th November , 15, (1 (Suppl)), 2020, pp353-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, 'COVID-19 Guidelines', 2020, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED  URL
Gillman, A., Walshe, M., Hayes, M., Reynolds, J., Regan, J., 'Exercise-based dysphagia rehabilitation for adults with oesophageal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis', PROSPERO International Register of Systematic Reviews, 2020, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED  Other

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Regan, J., Pharyngeal high resolution manometry to promote adherence in dysphagia intervention: a case study​ , European Society of Swallowing Disorders, Vienna, Austria, 17-18th September , 2019, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Regan, J., Advanced Dysphagia Conference, October 20-21st 2019, In:Advanced Dysphagia Conference, 2019, Trinity College Dublin, Notes: [Invited guest speakers included Dr. Ashli O'Rourke, Medical University South Carolina, Ms. Claire Mills, Leeds Teaching Hospital, NHS Trust; Prof. J. V. Reynolds, Upper GI Surgeon, St. James' Hospital/TCD, Dr. Anthony O'Connor, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) and Dr. Eatin Quinn, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, TUH.], Meetings /Conferences Organised, APPROVED
Regan, J., The Upper Oesophageal Sphincter and Dysphagia: Role of the Speech and Language Therapist, High Resolution Manometry Masterclass: UOS and Dysphagia- How Useful is High Resolution Manometry, St. James' Hospital, Dublin, 26th March , 2018, Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ciaran Kenny, Julie Regan, Declan Walsh, Dysphagia in Cancers outside the Head, Neck, and Upper GI Tract, BACO, Manchester, UK, June 2018, 2018, British Association for Clinical Otolaryngology, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Walshe M, Regan J, Kenny C. , 8th Annual ESSD Congress, 25th - 29th Sept , In:Dysphagia: Shaping the Future, 2018, Aviva Stadium Dublin , Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Regan, J. & Walshe, M., Giving Voice to Dysphagia in the Irish Healthcare System, Irish Medical Times, 2017, Review Article, PUBLISHED
Walshe, M & Regan, M, Managing dysphagia in dementia - can we do better?, Irish Medical Times, 2017, Review Article, PUBLISHED
Regan, J. & Walshe, M, Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Swallowing and Voice: Exploring the Aerodigestive Tract, 10th & 11th Nov 2016, 2016, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Regan, J, Consistent Consistencies in Dysphagia, British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN), Harrogate, UK, November, 2008, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Trinity Excellence in Teaching Award 2019/2020 2020
TCD Provost Project Award 2018 November 2018
Health Research Board (HRB) Grant for Health Care Professionals 2009-2013
1st poster prize United Kingdom Swallow Research Group (UKSRG). UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK. February 2010
Meath Foundation Quality Improvement Fund to obtain training in Trans-Nasal Oesophagoscopy (TNO) 2014
Adelaide Society new initiative grant to initiate multidisciplinary MND education & support group in AMNCH October 2007
Science Foundation Ireland Conference and Workshop Grant September 2018