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In Paediatric Dysphagia

Dr Dodrill and Dr Gosa have both worked for more than 20 years in in the paediatric hospital setting, and are Board Certified Specialists in Swallowing Disorders. 

Dr Dodrill trained in Australia, and worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for more than a decade, before relocating to Boston to work at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital NICU.  She is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and teaches the Paediatric Dysphagia course in the Master in Deglutology Program at KU in Belgium.


Dr Gosa trained in the US, and worked at La Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis for over a decade, before relocating to Alabama. She is Chair of the Speech Language Pathology Program at UA, and works clinically at the Druid City NICU.  She is co-editor of the text book Assessing and Treating Dysphagia: A Lifespan Perspective. 


Dr Dodrill and Dr Gosa specialize in the assessment and management of paediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.  They have authored numerous journal papers and text book chapters (see below for a sample of their publications), are regularly invited to present at national international scientific conferences, are reviewers for numerous medical journals, teach at the university level, and regularly run and present at workshops for other health professionals.


They are running a series of 2-day advanced workshops for clinicians working in the field of neonatal/ infant/ pediatric feeding and swallowing management. The workshops will be fully interactive, and will consist of combination of case discussion, simulation, and active Q and A sessions.  The speakers will draw on current literature and their vast experience in the inpatient and outpatient hospital setting to inform discussions.  

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  • Dodrill P, Gosa MM. Pediatric Dysphagia: Physiology, Assessment, and Management. Ann Nutr Metab. 2015;66 Suppl 5:24-31. PubMed PMID: 26226994. 

  • Goday PS, Huh SY, Silverman A, Lukens CT, Dodrill P, et al. Pediatric Feeding Disorder: Consensus Definition and Conceptual Framework. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 Jan;68(1):124-129. PubMed PMID: 30358739; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6314510. 

  • Tutor JD, Srinivasan S, Gosa MM, Spentzas T, Stokes DC. Pulmonary function in infants with swallowing dysfunction. PLoS One. 2015 May 15;10(5):e0123125. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123125. PMID: 25978396; PMCID: PMC4433327.

  • Tutor JD, Gosa MM. Dysphagia and aspiration in children. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2012 Apr;47(4):321-37. doi: 10.1002/ppul.21576. Epub 2011 Oct 18. PMID: 22009835.

  • Velayutham P, Irace AL, Kawai K, Dodrill P, Perez J, et al. Silent aspiration: Who is at risk?. Laryngoscope. 2018 Aug;128(8):1952-1957. PubMed PMID: 29280496. 

  • Marshall J, Hill RJ, Ware RS, Ziviani J, Dodrill P. Multidisciplinary intervention for childhood feeding difficulties. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 May;60(5):680-7. PubMed PMID: 25534777. 

  • Gosa MM, Carden HT, Jacks CC, Threadgill AY, Sidlovsky TC. Evidence to support treatment options for children with swallowing and feeding disorders: A systematic review. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2017 May 19;10(2):107-136. doi: 10.3233/PRM-170436. PMID: 28582883.

  • Gosa MM, Dodrill P, Robbins J. Frontline Interventions: Considerations for Modifying Fluids and Foods for Management of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Across the Life Span. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2020 Jul 10;29(2S):934-944. doi: 10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00065. Epub 2020 Jul 10. PMID: 32650663.

  • Pados BF, Park J, Dodrill P. Know the Flow: Milk Flow Rates From Bottle Nipples Used in the Hospital and After Discharge. Adv Neonatal Care. 2019 Feb;19(1):32-41. PubMed PMID: 30028734. 

  • Garand KLF, McCullough G, Crary M, Arvedson JC, Dodrill P. Assessment Across the Life Span: The Clinical Swallow Evaluation. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2020 Jul 10;29(2S):919-933. doi: 10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00063. Epub 2020 Jul 10. PMID: 32650662.

  • Gosa MM, Suiter DM, Kahane JC. Reliability for Identification of a Select Set of Temporal and Physiologic Features of Infant Swallows. Dysphagia. 2015 Jun;30(3):365-72. doi: 10.1007/s00455-015-9610-9. Epub 2015 Apr 4. PMID: 25840787.

  • AB-SSD Task Force-Pediatric Group:; Miller CK, Reynolds J, Kelchner LN, Scarborough D, Langmore S, Gosa M. Tutorial on Clinical Practice for Use of the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Procedure With Pediatric Populations: Part 2. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Jan 11;32(1):55-82. doi: 10.1044/2022_AJSLP-22-00057. Epub 2022 Dec 20. PMID: 36538506.

  • Marshall J, Gosa MM, Dodrill P. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures That Describe the Feeding Skills Domain for Pediatric Feeding Disorder: A Clinimetric Review. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2023 Jul 1;77(1):137-145. 

  • Gosa MM, Dodrill P, Lefton-Greif MA, Silverman A. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Roles of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Behavioral Psychologist. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2020 Jul 10;29(2S):956-966. doi: 10.1044/2020_AJSLP-19-00069. Epub 2020 Jul 10. 

  • Marshall J, Raatz M, Ward EC, Dodrill P. Use of parent report to screen for feeding difficulties in young children. J Paediatr Child Health. 2015 Mar;51(3):307-13. PubMed PMID: 25195498

  • Marshall J, Hill RJ, Ziviani J, Ware RS, Dodrill P. Oral Motor Impairment in Children With Feeding Difficulties. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Sep;63(3):e40-1. PubMed PMID: 27149254. 

  • Taylor OD, Armfield NR, Dodrill P, Smith AC. A review of the efficacy and effectiveness of using telehealth for paediatric speech and language assessment. J Telemed Telecare. 2014 Oct;20(7):405-12. PubMed PMID: 25400002. 

  • Ward EC, Hill AE, Nund RL, Rumbach AF, Walker-Smith K, Dodrill P. Developing clinical skills in paediatric dysphagia management using human patient simulation (HPS). Int J Speech Lang Pathol. 2015 Jun;17(3):230-40. PubMed PMID: 25833074. 

  • Gosa MM, Dodrill P. Effect of Time and Temperature on Thickened Infant Formula. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017 Apr;32(2):238-244. PubMed PMID: 27581202. 

  • Gosa MM, Choquette CK. Effect of commercially available thickening agents on ready-to-feed infant formulas. J Texture Stud. 2021 Dec;52(5-6):612-622. doi: 10.1111/jtxs.12600. Epub 2021 Apr 29. PMID: 33843078.

  • Rush OM, Bolland AC, Gosa MM. Effect of mixing method on resulting thickness of infant formula. J Texture Stud. 2021 Feb;52(1):57-70. doi: 10.1111/jtxs.12566. Epub 2020 Oct 28. PMID: 33073389.

  • Hill RJ, Dodrill P, Bluck LJ, Davies PS. A novel stable isotope approach for determining the impact of thickening agents on water absorption. Dysphagia. 2010 Mar;25(1):1-5. PubMed PMID: 19557477; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2846329. 

  • Cichero J, Nicholson T, Dodrill P. Liquid barium is not representative of infant formula: characterisation of rheological and material properties. Dysphagia. 2011 Sep;26(3):264-71. PubMed PMID: 20830598. 

  • Erdei C, Inder TE, Dodrill P, Woodward LJ. The Growth and Development Unit. A proposed approach for enhancing infant neurodevelopment and family-centered care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. J Perinatol. 2019 Dec;39(12):1684-1687. doi: 10.1038/s41372-019-0514-7. Epub 2019 Oct 3. PMID: 31582813.

  • Dodrill P, Donovan T, Cleghorn G, McMahon S, Davies PS. Attainment of early feeding milestones in preterm neonates. J Perinatol. 2008 Aug;28(8):549-55. PubMed PMID: 18580883. 

  • Dodrill P, Cleghorn G, Donovan T, Davies P. Growth patterns in preterm infants born appropriate for gestational age. J Paediatr Child Health. 2008 Jun;44(6):332-7. PubMed PMID: 18194194. 

  • Dodrill P, McMahon S, Ward E, Weir K, Donovan T, et al. Long-term oral sensitivity and feeding skills of low-risk pre-term infants. Early Hum Dev. 2004 Jan;76(1):23-37. PubMed PMID: 14729160. 

  • Dodrill P, McMahon S, Donovan T, Cleghorn G. Current management of transitional feeding issues in preterm neonates born in Queensland, Australia. Early Hum Dev. 2008 Oct;84(10):637-43. PubMed PMID: 18515021. 

  • Dodrill P. Feeding difficulties in preterm neonates. Infant, Child, and Adoles Nut. 2011 March; 6:324-331.

  • Morgan AT, Dodrill P, Ward EC. Interventions for oropharyngeal dysphagia in children with neurological impairment. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Oct 17;10:CD009456. PubMed PMID: 23076958. 

  • Marshall J, Hill RJ, Wallace M, Dodrill P. Intervention for Feeding Difficulties in Children With a Complex Medical History: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 Jan;66(1):152-158. PubMed PMID: 28753179. 

  • Strychowsky JE, Dodrill P, Moritz E, Perez J, Rahbar R. Swallowing dysfunction among patients with laryngeal cleft: More than just aspiration?. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Mar;82:38-42. PubMed PMID: 26857313. 

  • Irace AL, Dombrowski ND, Kawai K, Watters K, Choi S, et al. Evaluation of Aspiration in Infants With Laryngomalacia and Recurrent Respiratory and Feeding Difficulties. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Dec 27;PubMed PMID: 30589926. 

  • Irace AL, Dombrowski ND, Kawai K, Dodrill P, Perez J, et al. Aspiration in children with unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Laryngoscope. 2019 Mar;129(3):569-573. PubMed PMID: 30408186. 

  • Marshall J, Hill RJ, Ware RS, Ziviani J, Dodrill P. Clinical Characteristics of 2 Groups of Children With Feeding Difficulties. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jan;62(1):161-8. PubMed PMID: 26196200. 

  • Marshall J, Hill RJ, Dodrill P. A survey of practice for clinicians working with children with autism spectrum disorders and feeding difficulties. Int J Speech Lang Pathol. 2013 Jun;15(3):279-85. PubMed PMID: 23577744. 

  • Marshall J, Ware R, Ziviani J, Hill RJ, Dodrill P. Efficacy of interventions to improve feeding difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Child Care Health Dev. 2015 Mar;41(2):278-302. PubMed PMID: 24962184. 

  • Marshall J, Hill RJ, Ziviani J, Dodrill P. Features of feeding difficulty in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Int J Speech Lang Pathol. 2014 Apr;16(2):151-8. PubMed PMID: 24001171. 

  • Follent AM, Rumbach AF, Ward EC, Marshall J, Dodrill P, et al. Dysphagia progression and feeding skills following pediatric alkali ingestion injury: two case reports. Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Nov;39(23):2452-2459. PubMed PMID: 27717297. 

  • Follent AM, Rumbach AF, Ward EC, Dodrill P, Lewindon P. Speech-language Pathology in Acute Pediatric Chemical or Button Battery Ingestion Injury. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Jan;64(1):42-46. PubMed PMID: 27219206. 

  • Follent A, Ward EC, Rumbach A, Clayton N, Dodrill P. Speech-Language Pathology Services in Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Burn and Chemical Ingestion Injuries. Speech, Language and Hearing. 2015; 18:116-12

  • Follent AM, Rumbach AF, Ward EC, Marshall J, Dodrill P, et al. Dysphagia and feeding difficulties post-pediatric ingestion injury: Perspectives of the primary caregiver. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Dec;103:20-28. PubMed PMID: 29224759. 

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