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. Suiter has extensive experience working with adults with swallowing disorders. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and currently serves 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.
Suiter 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 RankAssociate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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
Debra Suiter, PhD, BCS-S, FASHA, CCC-SLP
Director of UK Voice and Swallow Clinic