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Jane Mertz Garcia

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Contact Info:
228 Campus Creek Complex
(785) 532-1493 or (785) 532-6879
Courses I Teach:
  • FSHS 725 Augmentative & Alternative Communication
  • FSHS 745 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
  • FSHS 841 Acquired Language & Cognitive Disorders
  • FSHS 844 Dysphagia
  • FSHS 851 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
Areas of Specialization:
  • Acquired communication & swallowing disorders in adults from causes such as stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Clinical practices for neurologically based motor speech (dysarthria) and swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • Diet modifications for swallowing disorders including use of thickened liquids
  • B.S., Kansas State University
  • M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D., University of South Alabama

Short Biography

Dr. Jane Mertz Garcia is an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Kansas State University and a licensed speech-language pathologist. Her clinical, teaching, and research relate to acquired communication and swallowing disorders. Dr. Garcia’s research includes diet modifications for impaired swallowing (dysphagia) and supplemental speech strategies for severe dysarthria. She has published and presented nationally in both areas. Dr. Garcia received the Human Ecology Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2006 for her work concerning the use of thickened liquids as a clinical management strategy for people with impaired swallowing. Dr. Garcia’s responsibilities also include supervising student projects (e.g., senior honor’s project or master’s thesis) and providing clinical instruction to graduate clinicians in their assessment and management of adults with neurologically-based communication or swallowing disorders at the KSU Speech and Hearing Center. She is a member of the Kansas Speech, Language, Hearing Association (KSHA) and American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Garcia serves on the publication committee of Special Interest Division 13 Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders for Perspectives. Additionally, Dr. Garcia has led the Manhattan-area support group for survivors of traumatic brain injury and their families since 1998.

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College of Human Ecology
Kansas State University
119 Justin Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
+1 (785) 532-5500

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