Debra Suiter, PhD, BCS-S, FASHA, CCC-SLP

  • Director of UK Voice and Swallow Clinic



Dr. Debra Suiter is the Director of the UK Voice and Swallow Clinic and Associate Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She received a master’s degree in speech pathology in 1993 and a doctoral degree in speech and hearing science in 2001, both from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has worked in numerous clinical service settings, including acute care, acute rehabilitation, long-term care and outpatient settings. Dr. Suiter has extensive experience working with adults with swallowing disorders. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and has served on the boards of the American Board for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and the Dysphagia Research Society. Additionally, she is the current chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.

Dr. Suiter's specialized training includes the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. Additionally, she is a certified provider of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) for treatment of voice changes associated with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders.

Faculty Rank

  • Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Training & Education


University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Certifications and Special Training

American Board for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
Fellow, Association by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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