Centre for Brain Research

Swallowing Research Laboratory

Working together to improve lives


Principal Investigator - Senior Lecturer Dr Anna Miles

Anna Miles PhD is a full-time faculty member at The University of Auckland. Dr Miles is a researcher, lecturer and clinician in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. Anna runs a hospital-based student teaching clinic as well as an outpatient swallowing rehabilitation clinic.

Dr Miles has been in New Zealand since 2000, having come from London, where she started her career at University College London in the 1990’s. Anna is the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Clinical Expert in Adult Dysphagia. 

View Anna's full profile at the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science here



Team Members










Team Members

Felicity Johnson, speech-language therapist

Research Assistant

Mandy Beatson, speech-language therapist (Starship) 

Studying a part-time MSc (thesis only)

Natrah Nordin, speech-language therapist (Malaysia)

Studying a full-time MSc (thesis only)

Gwenda Lake, speech-language therapist (BOPDHB)

Studying a part-time MSc (thesis only)

Louise McHutchison, speech-language therapist, (HDHB) 

Studying a part-time MSc (thesis only)

Alex Hunting, speech-language therapist, (Australia) 

Studying a full-time MSc (thesis only)


MSLT Prac (training to be speech-language therapists)

Kevin Gladney

Alana Brady

Gabrielle Iseli

Jamiliya Jordan

Rochelle Machan


Psychology Honours Undergraduate

Tomas Betty

Kaitlin Allen


  • Improve the lives of people with swallowing difficulties through improved assessment, treatment and medical education.
  • Investigate the efficacy of innovative teaching approaches including simulation and virtual patients on allied health education
  • Complete a comprehensive normative database of video fluoroscopic swallowing studies. (achieved)


Areas of interest

  • Reduce the risks of pneumonia and death associated with swallowing difficulties 
  • improve the quality of life of dysphagia suffers