James Madison University

Cynthia R. O'Donoghue, Ph.D., CCC-SP

Professor
Department Head

PHOTO: Cynthia R. O'Donoghue
  • Office: HBS 1024
  • Phone: 540-568-6440
  • Email: odonogcr@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4304
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia


Research and Teaching Areas

  • Adult Neurogenics with particular interest in Acquired Brain Injury (e.g., TBI)
  • Pediatric and Adult Dysphagia of Neurological etiology
  • Classes: Adult Language Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Aging and Communication, Pediatric Dysphagia, Adult Dysphagia

Research Laboratory


Current Research Projects

  • Pediatric Dysphagia – Evaluation of Treatment Interventions
  • Case Management and Crisis Intervention for Acquired Brain Injury Victims

Funding


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 806: Professional Issues for Doctoral Students
  • CSD 690: Grantsmanship
  • 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
  • American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine
  • American Speech, Language Hearing Association ACE