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Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald is a clinically-trained speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Ashwini completed her doctoral training at the University of Toronto where she explored the relationship between malnutrition and swallow impairments (dysphagia) in long-term care. Her overarching research goal is to develop a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to dysphagia management that unites the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of care. Her current research focuses on developing multidisciplinary interventions to prevent impairment and maintain swallowing function in older adults, and understanding dysphagia in older adults with dementia as well as dysphagia-related caregiver burden in caregivers of older adults. Ashwini is highly motivated to conduct clinically salient research that impacts patient care in order to improve health and quality of life. 


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MHSc, University of Toronto 
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