Sharyl Samargia

Sharyl Samargia

Assistant Professor

Communicative Disorders
Office: 220 Wyman Teacher Education Bldg
Phone: 715-425-3834



BS, University of Minnesota – Duluth
MA, University of Minnesota – Duluth
PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Courses Taught:

Teaching (UWRF)

COMD 160 Introduction to Communicative Disorders
COMD 262 Speech Systems
COMD 375 Clinical Procedures
COMD 551 Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
COMD 652 Dysphagia
COMD 789 Counseling and Multicultural Issues in Communicative Disorders
COMD 579 Clinical Supervision

Teaching (University of Minnesota - Duluth)

CSD 5200 Dysphagia (Pediatric portion)

Research Interests:

Dr. Samargia's research interest involves the study of neuroplasticity as it relates to disorders of voice, motor speech and swallowing. Through the use of electrophysiologic measures and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) the pathophysiology of these disorders can be better understood and serve as a foundation for identification of novel treatment approaches to be used alone or in conjunction with traditional behavioral or pharmaceutical approaches.

Professional Activities:

Faculty Advisor, UWRF Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

Member, College of Education and Professional Studies Curriculum Committee

Member, University Compensation Committee.

Member, Chancellor’s Task Force on Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity.

Member, Chancellor’s Task Force on Campus Tobacco Policy.

Member, Brain Plasticity Laboratory: University of Minnesota

Currently recruiting individuals diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) or spasmodic dysphonia (SD) to participate in a research study at the University of Minnesota. Call 715-425-3834 or email for more information.

Director of the future Voice, Motor Speech and Swallowing Laboratory at UWRF. This lab is currently under development.


Kimberley, T. and Samargia, S. Comparison of amounts of practice during rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury and stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 2010; 47(9): 851-862.

Samargia S. and Kimberley T. Motor and Cognitive Outcomes in Children after Functional Hemispherectomy: Pediatric Journal of Physical Therapy. 2009; 21(4): 356-61.

Samargia S. Considerations when Incorporating Endoscopy into your Practice. Communication Connections. 2008 22(2)5-6.