Second Year Graduate Student

Rachel graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Speech and Hearing Science and a minor in Spanish in the spring of 2019. She is a current first year graduate student at Portland State University and joined the Speech, Swallowing, Respiration lab in winter term of 2019. She is assisting on a project focusing on breathing-swallowing coordination. Her interests include pediatric dysphagia, adult medical, and bilingualism. 


Second Year Graduate Student

Stephanie Merrill graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Russian and Sociology. She is currently a 2nd year graduate student with a focus on medical speech-language pathology. She joined the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration lab in the Winter of 2020. Her clinical interests include dysphagia, breathing-swallowing coordination, aphasia, cognition, and AAC. When not in the lab, clinic, or class, Stephanie can be found with her nose in a book, outside running, or playing with her 12 nieces and nephews.  


First Year Graduate Student

Jillian River graduated from University of California Santa Cruz in 2011 with a BA in Anthropology and minors in Linguistics and Education and completed a Post Baccalaureate at Portland State University. They joined the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration Lab Summer of 2019 and assisted on a study which focuses on the speech and respiration of transmasculine individuals. When not studying you will find Jillian on a bike; either riding around town, competing in a bike polo tournament, or bikepacking in the middle of nowhere.

pronouns: they/them



Second Year Graduate Student

Qiana graduated from Portland State University with a BS in speech and hearing sciences and a minor in psychology in 2018. She joined the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration lab in Fall term 2017. She is currently working on a large systematic review focused on behavioral intervention for respiratory and phonatory impairments in individuals with dysarthria due to neurodegenerative disease. Outside of the lab she enjoys fly fishing, cooking, and petting dogs on their walks.

pronouns: she/her


Second Year Graduate Student

Angelica obtained her BS in athletic training from Catawba College in 2016. She is passionate about multidisciplinary care and works as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She is currently an SLP graduate student with focus in adult medical and clinic interests in swallowing, neurodegenerative diseases, head and neck cancer. She is collaborating on a study focusing on the utility of airflow measures in predicting risk of aspiration in neurologic populations. She is leading a project in identifying sensors that detect airflow with a cervical placement in the evaluation of swallowing impairments.


Second Year Graduate Student

Eve graduated in 2017 from California State University Northridge with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, emphasis in Speech Language Pathology. She is a second-year graduate student at Portland State University and is currently assisting with a systematic review of behavioral management of respiratory/phonatory dysfunction and velopharyngeal impairment in adults with dysarthria. Her future goal is to work with Operation Smile.