2017 Distinguished Alumnus Presentation & Reception 

Each year our department recognizes a former graduate from the UW Speech and Hearing Sciences Department and invites him/her back to Eagleson Hall to be part of our department's graduation events.  This individual gives a talk in our department the Friday before UW Commencement and also speaks at our SPHSC Recognition Ceremony.  

We are very pleased to announce that this year's outstanding Distinguished Alumnus is:

Dr. Robert M. Miller, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Senior Lecturer Emeritus
University of Washington
Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences

Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology
Class of 1976


Important Event Details

Please join us for this very special event! No RSVP required. Faculty, staff, students, community partners, colleagues, and friends are all invited.

Presentation Title:  Dysphagia and the SLP:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow  

Date:  Friday, June 9, 2017

Location:  Social Work (SWS) Room 305

Time:  3:00 - 3:30  p.m. Pre-reception and mingling

            3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Dr. Miller's Presentation

            4:30 - 5:30  Post-reception food and drinks

Dr. Miller's Biography

Dr. Robert Miller is currently a Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his B.A. degree in Psychology (1968) and M.S. degree in Speech and Hearing (1969) from the University of Redlands in California, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington in Speech-Language Pathology (1976).  Dr. Miller holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association in the area of Speech-Language Pathology.

Dr. Miller's impressive 45 year career spans clinical service delivery, research, and academic instruction. He spent 30 years providing clinical services and overseeing the delivery of speech pathology and audiology services within the Veteran's Administration medical system in Long Beach, CA and Seattle, WA.  He was the Chief of Speech Pathology and Audiology services in both CA and WA during his tenure at the VAMC, as well as the Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs in Seattle. From 1986 - 2014 Dr. Miller was an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Medicine's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and also worked in the Neuromuscular Clinic for Swallowing and Speech Disorders at the UW Medical Center. He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences since 2001.  Dr. Miller has been a guest lecturer, consultant, and workshop/seminar presenter at various Universities and clinical facilities across the country, particularly in the area of swallowing disorders associated with aging, neurological impairment, and head and neck cancer. 

During his time within SPHSC, Dr. Miller has supervised many graduate level clinical practicum students in the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and at the VAMC in Seattle, and taught a number of graduate level courses including SPHSC 501 Neural Bases of Speech, Language & Hearing, SPHSC 531 Assessment & Treatment of Motor Speech Disorders, SPHSC 532 Assessment & Treatment of Neurogenic Language Disorders, SPHSC 533 Medical Speech-Language Pathology, SPHSC 534 Assessment & Treatment of Dysphagia, and SPHSC 535 Voice & Resonance Disorders.


Dr. Miller brought his extensive clinical experience with the geriatric/adult population and disorders spanning speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive-communication domains to his research efforts.  His body of work has focused on the rehabilitation and management of speech and swallowing in patients with degenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and speech-language and swallowing rehabilitation in the head and neck cancer and stroke populations. He has a large number of publications and articles, and some of his key collaborators over the years have included Drs. Joel DeLisa, Kathryn Yorkston, Allen Hillel, Susan Langmore, Edie Strand, Michael Groher, Joseph Duffy, David Beukelman, Albert Merati, Carolyn Baylor, Tanya Eadie, and Kristie Spencer.  Dr. Miller has also written numerous book chapters and co-authored five books, including the groundbreaking Medical Speech Pathology written with Michael Groher. Dr. Miller also served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Dyphagia from 1985-2015.

Awards & Honors

Dr. Miller has been involved with the Washington State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSLHA), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA Special Interest Group 13: Dysphagia, and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) throughout his career. Not surprisingly, he has received a number of honors and awards for his contributions to our profession. For his clinical contributions, he was given the Clinical Achievement Award by WSLHA in 1997 and the Outstanding Clinical Achievement award by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) for Washington State in 1999.  For his contributions to the veteran population, he was given a Speech-Language Pathology Hall of Fame award (2005) and a Distinguished Career Award (2002) by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For his contributions to our field, he was recognized as an ASHA Fellow in 1999 and he was awarded Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. 

Please see Dr. Miller's complete CV for more information.