After working exclusively in inpatient healthcare settings for 17 years, Dr. Becker joined the faculty at St. Ambrose University in 2009. She continues to engage in clinical practice with adults in an inpatient setting.
Teaches graduate courses primarily addressing acquired, neurogenic disorders, as well as some undergraduate courses.
Areas of interest include acquired, neurogenic disorders, including dysphagia, aphasia and motor speech disorders, as well as clinical issues relevant to delivering healthcare services in today's healthcare climate.
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Education and Training
- PhD, University of Iowa Speech and Hearing Science
- MA, BA, University of Northern Iowa Speech-Language Pathology
- Certification: Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
Watching students who put their heart and soul into everything they do throughout the MSLP graduate program, emerge successfully as competent, confident and passionate speech-language pathologists!
Dr. Becker, on what inspires her
Becker, D., Kelly, M., & Weiland, A. (2017). Are Patients With Silent Aspiration More Frequently Admitted or Readmitted to the Hospital With Pneumonia Than Those With Audible Signs of Aspiration. Poster session to be presented at American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Becker, D., Rehmert, J. & Wilson, A. (2017). Performance on Two Variations of N-Back Tasks in Young Adults. Poster session to be presented at American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Becker, D. & Andujar, J. (2017). Training and Detraining Effects of a Lingual and Labial Resistive Exercise Regimen on Lingual and Labial Strength, Speech and Swallowing in an Adult with Chronic Dysphagia and Dysarthria . Poster session to be presented at American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
Becker, D., Cavanagh, C., Drazinski, L., Jakielski, K., & Perreau, A. (2017). From the Field: Q & A in Speech-Language Pathology. Quad Cities Speech-Language Hearing Association presentation. Bettendorf, Iowa
Barr, J., Becker, D., Hughes, B., Kalber, S., Oh, H., Seetharaman, S., & Trujillo, K. (2017). Making Best Choices As We Age. Center for Aging presentation. St. Ambrose University
Becker, D., Locricchio, K., & Schieferdecker, C. (2015). Modified Barium Swallow Study Research. Genesis Research Summit presentation, Genesis Heart Institute, Davenport, Iowa
Becker, D., (2015). Efficiency, Outcomes, and Patient Satisfaction of Speech-Language Services Delivered Via Telepractice in Individuals with Aphasia. Center for Health and Human Services Scholarship Colloquium presentation, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa
Becker, D. (2015). Providing Valuable Dysphagia Services in Today's Health Care Climate. Iowa Conference on Communicative Disorders presentation, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Becker D. & Tews, L. (2014). Dysphagia (book chapter). In A Comprehensive Guide to Geriatric Rehabilitation (3rd, ed., pp. 409-413) Elsevier
Becker, D., Davis, R., Ponce, C., & St. Peter, L. (2014).
Speech-Language Therapy via Telepractice for Two Adults with Aphasia. Poster presentation at Iowa Speech and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Iowa City, Iowa
Becker, D. (2013). Evidence Based Practice for Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment: An Update. Quad City Speech-Language Hearing Association presentation, Davenport, Iowa
Becker D. & Rohmann, K. (2013). Four Protocols for Eliciting Tongue Strength Measures Using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument. Poster presentation at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois
Becker D. et al., (2010). Supervision of Novice Clinicians: The Whys and the Hows. Panelist for Quad City Speech and Hearing Association presentation, Davenport, Iowa
Becker, D. (2010). Swallowing Disorders and Parkinson's Disease. Presentation for Parkinson's Disease Support Group, Quad Cities Center for Active Seniors (CASI) Davenport, Iowa
Becker, D., Tews, L. & Lemke, J. (2008). An Oral Water Protocol in Rehabilitation Patients With Dysphagia for Liquids" American Speech-Language- Hearing Annual Convention presentation, Chicago, Illinois
Becker, D., Tews, L., & Lemke, J. (2005). An Oral Water Protocol in Rehabilitation Patients With Dysphagia for Liquids. Iowa Physiatrists Association Annual Meeting presentation, Des Moines, Iowa
More About Dr. Becker
Acquired Language and Cognitive Disorders
Motor Speech Disorders
Voice and Resonance Disorders
Health Careers Exploration
Call Committee member, First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa (October 2016-present)
First Lutheran Women Vice Chair, First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa (January 2016-present)
First Lutheran Women Council Representative, First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa (2017)
Facilitator, Interdisciplinary Day, CHHS programs, St. Ambrose University April 2017
New Faculty Mentor, St. Ambrose University (3rd consecutive year)
Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board, St. Ambrose University (2015 to present)
Center on Aging Committee, MSLP Representative, St. Ambrose University (2015 to present)
Chair of MSLP Applicant Appeals Committee, St. Ambrose University (5th consecutive year)
Passing on the Faith committee (a ministry for college-age members), First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa (2014 to present)
President of Congregation, First Lutheran Church council, Maquoketa, Iowa (2015)
Higher Learning Commission Criterion 2 Subcommittee, St. Ambrose University (2014-2017)
Health Careers Exploration Course Committee, St. Ambrose University (2014)
Vice President of Congregation, First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa (2014)
Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Member of the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Member of the Quad City Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Member of Dysphagia Research Society
Master of Speech-Language Pathology
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