James Madison University

Clinical Research in Neurogenic Communication Disorders (CRNCS) Lab

Focus of Lab


The Clinical Research in Neurogenic Communication Disorders (CRNCS) Laboratory focuses on investigations and clinical applications of diagnoses and treatments relative to those communicative and swallowing disorders of neurogenic etiology. Primary areas of study currently occurring in the CRNCS lab include:

  • Adult Neurogenics with particular interest in cognitive-linguistics changes secondary to acquired brain injury (e.g., TBI)
  • Neurobehavioral challenges following acquired brain injury
  • Dysphagia management: Efficacy in interventions and mechanisms to improve swallow function

This laboratory strives to facilitate endeavors that promote our understanding of neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders while also providing a "hands-on" training environment for student scholarship.

Personnel


  • Cynthia R. O’Donoghue, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    CRNCS Director
    Professor and Head, Communication Sciences and Disorders (HHS 1026)
    Contact Information: 540-568-6440
    odonogcr@jmu.edu
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students interested in the topics of this lab

Current Projects (funded scholarship/grants)


O’Donoghue, C.R., & Meixner, C. Access to Neurobehavioral Services in Virginia. Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund, $125,000, 2014-2015.

Witt, M., O’Donoghue, C., Meixner, C. & Marcopoulos, B. CONcEPT (Commonwealth Neurobehavioral Project Team). Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund, $75,000, 2013-2014.

Witt, M., O’Donoghue, C., & Meixner, C. Putting Our Heads Together for Brain Injury Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Award $267,000, 2009-2013.

O’Donoghue, C.R. Dysphagia Management: Practice and Protocols. Virginia Department of Education/Federal IDEA Funds, Award $4,994.00, 2008-2009.

O’Donoghue, C.R. Dysphagia management: Collaboration with medical professionals. Principal Investigator, Virginia Department of Education/Federal IDEA Funds, Award $30,475, 2007-2009

Publications


Refereed (Peer-Reviewed Journals)

Meixner, C., O'Donoghue, C.R., & Hart, V. (in press). Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) Training for Providers: Short and Long Term Effectiveness. Neurorehabilitation.

O'Donoghue, C.R., & Nottingham, E.S. (2017). Dysphagia management in the schools: Past, present, and future. Seminars in Speech and Language. 38(2). 1-9.

Hegyi-Szynkiewicz, S., Mulheren, R., Palmore, K., O'Donoghue, C. & Ludlow, C. (2016). Using devices to upregulate nonnutritive swallowing in normal infants. Journal of Applied Physiology. 831-837. DOI:10.1152/japplphysiol.00797.2015

Meixner, C., O'Donoghue, C.R., & Witt, M. (2013).  Accessing crisis intervention services following brain injury: A mixed methods study. Rehabilitation Psychology. 58 (4), 377-385.

O'Donoghue, C., & Meixner, C. (2013, September). Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) training for providers: Short and long term effectiveness [abstract]. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28(5),E37-E38.

Meixner, C., O'Donoghue, C., Hegyi, S., Witt, M., & Lincoln, E. (2012). Community-based crisis intervention: A descriptive intercept model for survivors of acquired brain injury [Abstract]. Brain Injury, 2012, 1-484, Early Online. 242-243.

Hegyi, S., O'Donoghue, C., & Ludlow, C. (March, 2012). Using External Stimulation to Increase Swallowing Frequency in Healthy Infants [Abstract]. Dysphagia, 27(4), 573.

O'Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2011). Community-based crisis intervention for survivors of ABI: An interagency initiative [Abstract]. The   Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(5). 423. 

Meixner, C., O'Donoghue, C., Bowman, E., Witt, M., & Hegyi, S.  (2010). Community based crisis intervention in acquired brain injury: A mixed methods study. [abstract]. Journal of Head Trauma  Rehabilitation, 25(5), 394-395.

Bratlund, C.V., O'Donoghue, C.R., & Rocchiccioli, J.T. (2010). Dehydration and dysphagia: Challenges in the older adult. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology. 18(3), 1-10.

O'Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2010). Community-based crisis  intervention in acquired brain injury: Developing a model for response [Abstract].  Brain Injury, 24(3). 114-115. 

O'Donoghue, C.R., & Harding T. (2010).  Predicting improvement on the Mayo Portland Adaptability Inventory: Findings from a community-based model system    [Abstract].  Brain Injury, 24(3). 173-174.

O'Donoghue, C.R., & Hegyi, S.E. (2009). Dysphagia Management in the Schools: Concepts in Training and Competency, Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).

Bratlund, C.V., & O'Donoghue, C.R. (2009). Naturally thick liquids: Current practice verses evidence. Dysphagia. New York: Springer-Verlag.

O'Donoghue, C.R., & Bratlund, C.V. (2008). Viscometry measures of reported natural-state nectars to Varibar. Dysphagia, 23(4).

O'Donoghue, C.R., & Claytor, A.D. (2008). Training and self-reported confidence for dysphagia management among speech-language pathologists in the schools. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, 39(2), 192-198.

Book Chapters

O’Donoghue, C.R., & Hegyi, S.E. (2016). Children with acquired language disorders. In V.A. Reed (Ed.). An introduction to children with language disorders (5th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Allyn & Bacon (Pearson).

O’Donoghue, C.R. (2012). Children with acquired language disorders. In V.A. Reed (Ed.), An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders (4rth ed.). Englewood Cliffs: Allyn & Bacon:

Harding, V., O’Donoghue, C.R., & Kennedy, M.J. (in press). The effects of aging with a traumatic brain injury on communication. In T.M. Trudel (Ed.). Aging with Traumatic Brain Injury. Houston, Texas: HDI Publishers.

O’Donoghue, C.R. & Dudding, C.C. (2009). Adult language disorders and cognitive based dysfunctions. In L.M. Justice (Ed.). Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Contemporary Perspective (2nd Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.

O’Donoghue, C.R., Tarbell, M.C., & Justice, L. (2009). Dysphagia: Children and Adults. In L.M. Justice (Ed.). Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Contemporary Perspective (2nd Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.

O’Donoghue, C.R. (2005). Adult language disorders and cognitive based dysfunctions. In L.M. Justice (Ed.). Introduction to Communication Disorders. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

O’Donoghue, C.R. (2005). Dysphagia. In L.M. Justice (Ed.). Introduction to Communication Disorders. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Other Professional Publications

O’Donoghue, C.R., Meixner, C., & Hawk-Sanchez. (2015). Access to Neurobehavioral Services in Virginia. Richmond: Department for Aging and Rehabilitative.
Interagency Work Group on Traumatic Brain Injury (2016, January). Traumatic Brain Injury Work Group Recommendations (Decision Brief). Richmond, VA: DBHDS.

O’Donoghue, C.R., & Hegyi, S. (2008, June). Dysphagia in the Schools: Case Management by Speech- Language Pathologists – Putting the Pieces Together webshop developed for the Virginia Department of Education (http:www.ttaconline.org/staff/s_training/swebshops/module.asp)

O’Donoghue, C.R., & Hegyi, S. (2008, August). Dysphagia in the Schools: Management Decisions Based on Assessment Reports webshop developed for the Virginia Department of Education (http:www.ttaconline.org/staff/s_training/swebshops/module.asp)

O’Donoghue, C.R., & Hegyi, S. (2007, November). Dysphagia in the Schools: Screening by Speech-Language Pathologists webshop for the Virginia Department of Education (http:www.ttaconline.org/staff/s_training/swebshops/module.asp)

O’Donoghue, C.R., & Hegyi, S. (2007, August). Dysphagia in the Schools: An Introduction for SLPS webshop developed for the Virginia Department of Education (http:www.ttaconline.org/staff/s_training/swebshops/module.asp)
O’Donoghue, C.R., & Ireland, M. (2007, Jan. 23). Dysphagia training efforts in Virginia. The ASHA Leader, 12 (1), 2, 46.

Presentations (2005-present)

Nottingham, E.E., & O'Donoghue, C.R. (2017, February). Investigation of oral feeding and breastfeeding support practices in the NICU: A national survey.  5th Pediatric Feeding Conference: Creating Order for Pediatric feeding Disorders. Phoeniz, AR.

Hegyi-Szynkiewicz, S., Mulheren, R. W., Palmore, K. W., O'Donoghue, C. R., & Ludlow, C. L. (2016, November).Infant nonnutritive swallowing response to oral and non-oral sensory stimulation.  American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Jones, M., Meixner, C., & O'Donoghue, C. (2016, November). Maladaptive behaviors and communication disorders following TBI: Survivor, caregiver and speech-language pathologists' perspectives. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Meixner, C., & O'Donoghue, C.R., (2016, September). Access to neurobehavioral care for brain injury, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators: State of the States Conference, Columbus, OH.

Nottingham, E.E., & O'Donoghue, C. (2016, July). Practices supporting breastfeeding in the NICU: A National survey.  International Lactation Consultant Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Meixner, C., & O'Donoghue, C.R. (2016, May). Access to Neurobehavioral care: The Next Steps. 40th Annual Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Nottingham, E.E., & O'Donoghue, C. (2016, March).  NICU Feeding Practices: Survey Results Translated to EI Therapy.  Speech-Language Hearing Association of Virginia, Conference, Chantilly, VA.

Meixner, C., & O'Donoghue, C. (2015, November). Leading change: Accessing crisis intervention services and creating innovative supports for persons with brain injury.  Presented at the Leading Change Symposium, Barcelona, Spain. 

O'Donoghue, C., Maher, L., & Meixner, C. (2015, November). Quality-of-Life Indices in Brain Injury: A Pilot Investigation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver CO.

Passe, M. Logan, K., O'Donoghue, C., Coyle, J., Paul, D., Dixon, D., & Pruner, K. (2015, November). 2015 Preparing for the SLP PRAXIS Exam, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver CO.

Nottingham, E. & O'Donoghue, C. (2015, November). Practices Supporting Breastfeeding and Oral Development in the NICU: A Case Report. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver CO.

Dudding, C., & O'Donoghue, C. (2015, November). A Virtual Interprofessional Clinic. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Denver CO.

Horn, G., Harding, V., Kersten, P., Lewis, F., Malec, J., Meixner, C., O'Donoghue, C., Papadimitriou, C., & Russell, R. (2015, October). Diversity of Outcomes: From Person-Centered to International Neurorehabilitation Perspectives [4-hour interprofessional seminar]. American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine: Progress in Rehabilitation Research, Dallas, TX.

Dudding, C., & O'Donoghue, C. (2015, April). A Virtual Interprofessional Clinic. Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Newport Beach, CA.

Maher, L., O'Donoghue, C., Meixner, C. & Witt, M. (2015, March). Quality of Life Indices in Brain Injury: A Pilot Investigation. Speech, Language and Hearing Association of Virginia, Richmond, VA.

O'Donoghue, C.R., & Meixner, C. (2014, September). Responding Holistically to Neurobehavioral Challenges in Persons with Brain Injury. National Home and Community Based Care Services Conference, Arlington, VA.

Sanford, J., Akerson, E., O'Donoghue, C., Stewart, A., & Stokes, T., (2014, June) A model for success: Using the nominal group process to assess, plan and evaluate an IPE program. All Together Better Health VII, Pittsburgh, PA.

O'Donoghue, C.R., Meixner, C., & Witt, M. (2013, September). Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) Training for Providers: Short and Long Term Effectiveness. 11th Annual Conference of the North American Brain Injury Society, New Orleans, LA.

Mulheren, R.W. & O'Donoghue, C. (2012, November). Evaluating cognitive- communication in cerebellar atrophy: A diagnostic case study. American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Witt, M., O'Donoghue, C. & Meixner, C. (2012, September) Community-based crisis intervention for persons with acquired brain injury. National Home & Community Based Services /National Association of State Head Injury Administrators Conference.  Arlington, VA.

O'Donoghue, C. & Meixner, C. (2012, March). Community-based crisis intervention: A descriptive intercept model for survivors of acquired brain injury.  International Brain Injury Association - World Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hegyi, S.E., O'Donoghue, C.R., & Ludlow, C.L. (2012, March) Using external stimulation to increase Swallowing Frequency in Healthy Infants. Dysphagia Research Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

O'Donoghue, C., (2011, October). Putting the Pieces Together: Research to Practice, Webinar, SpeechPathology.com: Austin, TX.

O'Donoghue, C., Meixner, C., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2011, September). Community- based crisis intervention for survivors of ABI: An interagency initiative. Ninth Annual Conference of the North American Brain Injury Society. New Orleans, LA. 

O'Donoghue, C.R. , Meixner, C., Hegyi, S.E., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2011, June). Accessing brain injury services: Findings from a mixed-methods study. Federal Interagency TBI Conference, Washington, D.C.

O'Donoghue, C.R., Meixner, C., Hegyi, S., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2011, May). Developing a protocol for crisis management in ABI: A systems change initiative, Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Brain Injury, Williamsburg, VA.

O'Donoghue, C.R., Beam, I.  & Dubas, E. (2011, March). Access to care following brain injury: Barriers and potential pathways. Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia, SHAV, Richmond, VA.

O'Donoghue, C. R., & Harding, V. (November 2010)., Predicting outcomes in brain injury: Findings from a residential system," American Speech, Language, Hearing Association, ASHA, Philadelphia, PA. 

DePaolis, R. A.,  & O'Donoghue, C. R. (November 2010)., Program assessment: Quantifying program outcomes via the practice Praxis, American Speech, Language, Hearing Association Convention, ASHA, Philadelphia, PA.

Meixner, C., O'Donoghue, C., Bowman, E., Witt, M., & Hegyi, S.  (2010, October).   Community based crisis intervention in acquired brain injury: A mixed methods study. Joint Meeting of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) and the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA), Minneapolis, MN.

O'Donoghue, C. R., & Bratlund, C.V. (2010). Naturally thick liquids: The practitioner's perspective Speech, Language, Hearing Association of Virginia, Portsmouth, VA.

O'Donoghue, C. R., (October 2010).  TBI in the Schools: Meeting the challenges, Ruth Symposium, CSD, Harrisonburg, VA.

O'Donghue, C.R., Harding, V., & Kennedy, M.J. (2010). Aging with traumatic brain injury: Is this double trouble? Speech, Language, Hearing Association of Virginia, Portsmouth, VA.

O'Donoghue, C.R., Meixner, C., Witt, M., & Bowman, E. (2010). Community based crisis intervention in acquired brain injury: Developing a model for response. International Brain Injury Association - World Congress, Washington, DC. 

O'Donoghue, C.R., Harding, V., & Sharma, D. (2010).  Predicting improvement on the Mayo Portland Adaptability Inventory: Findings from a community-based model system.International Brain Injury Association - World Congress, Washington, DC.

Selected Professional Service

National Advisory Council to Educational Testing Services for the PRAXIS Speech-Language Pathology Certification Examination. (2015-present).

Commissioner’s Appointee to the Commonwealth of Virginia Brain Injury Council (served as Vice-Chair as well as Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee)

Governing Board of Trustees, Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery (DRS funded) (served as President 2008-2015)

James Madison University and Rockingham Memorial Hospital Liaison Task Force

Task Force member for ASHA Practice Guidelines: Feeding and Swallowing Services in the Schools

Legislative Counselor to ASHA for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Teaching Experiences (not including Directed Research or Dissertation Courses)

  • CSD 853: Aeordigestive Concerns
  • CSD 641: Adult Language Disorders
  • CSD 718: Neuroscience
  • CSD 858: Neurolinguistics
  • CSD 544: Dysphagia
  • CSD 625: Pediatric Dysphagia
  • CSD 527: Aging and Communication
  • CSD 522: Communication Disorders in Traumatic Brain Injury
  • CSD 604: Neuroanatomy and Physiology
  • HHS 490/ISAT 280: Topics in Health and Human Services (Study Abroad Program Director)

Editorial Posts, Review Appointments and Consultancy

  • Reviewer for American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) on behalf of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
  • Reviewer for Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools (LSHSS)
  • Reviewer for American Journal of Speech, Language Pathology (AJSLP)
  • Reviewer for Clinical Geriatrics
  • Reviewer for Evidenced-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
  • Reviewer for Delmar Thomson Publications
  • Reviewer for Prentice-Hall Publications (Allyn & Bacon)
  • Reviewer for Plural Publications
  • Legal Consultant to Cantor & Arkena, PC. Richmond, Virginia
  • T/TAC Consultant (sponsored through the Virginia Department of Education)
  • Consultant for VDOE Feeding and Swallowing: Practice Guidelines (2008-present)

Awards/Other

  • 2013 Award for Outstanding Oral Research Presentation, North American Brain Injury Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Voting Membership in the Dysphagia Research Society
  • Voting member of the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • Amercian Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine
  • American Speech, Language Hearing Association ACE