Donna Edwards headshot

Associate Professor
M.A., Marshall University

Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards headshot

Associate Professor

M.A., Marshall University

Donna Edwards, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA-F is associate professor in the communication disorders program. Edwards teaches Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism and works with students doing various types of clinical work at the Baldwin Wallace Speech Clinic and other sites. Her research interests include enhancing feeding and swallowing skills in a variety of settings while reducing choking risk for children and adults.

She is an author, inventor, national and international speaker and a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She has been awarded the honors of Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award in 2009; OSLHA Fellow of the Association in 2013 and ASHA Fellow in 2014. She is author of two free pediatric educational coloring books to reduce choking risk.

Edwards is also active in the professional community of speech-language pathology.

Currently she is serving in the role of past president and liaison to the governmental affairs coalition for the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association (OSLHA). She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) governmental relations public policy board where she advocates legislatively for patients and families impacted by communication, hearing and swallowing disorders. She serves on The American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in many capacities.

In the past she has served as editor of ASHA Special Interest Group 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, director of legislative advocacy for OSLHA, and dysphagia coordinator at a level I trauma hospital treating adult and adolescent patients in acute care as well as the head injury, spinal cord injury and CVA rehab teams.