Jeanette E. Benigas

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Jeanette Benigas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Chester University (Pennsylvania). She has worked extensively as a speech-language pathologist in pediatrics in both private practice and school settings and with adults in post-acute, long-term care, and home health settings. In her work with adults, Dr. Benigas has pursued research into improving quality of life for persons with dementia, particularly related to eating and swallowing impairments. Her research has focused on evaluating reading comprehension abilities in people with dementia for use of visual aids and using Spaced Retrieval to teach swallowing strategies to avoid unwanted dietary modifications. She speaks nationally to fellow speech-language pathologists and continues to practice privately. With a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Toledo and a master’s degree in the field from Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Benigas completed a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science and Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging from The Ohio State University.