Ruth Martin, PhD, a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has been appointed to a two-year term (effective July 1, 2014) as the Faculty of Health Sciences' Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies). She replaces Jan Polgar (Occupational Therapy), who served a five-year term that expires on June 30, 2014.
Prior to her appointment as an associate dean, she served as the FHS Director of Industry Partnerships and Innovation and the Graduate Program Chair in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Professor Martin's research background focuses on the use of technology to help those who suddenly lose the ability to swallow after a stroke, or due to illnesses such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, and certain cancers.
In her new role she will over see the Faculty's professional and research-based graduate program in addition to growing the cohort of postdoctoral fellows.