Faculty and Staff

Sharyl Samargia

Sharyl Samargia

Sharyl Samargia

Professor, Department Chair and Graduate Program Director
member of graduate faculty

Communication Sciences and 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)

CSD 262 Speech Systems
CSD 716 Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System
CSD 720 Voice and Resonance Disorders
CSD 750 Dysphagia
CSD 787 Counseling and Multicultural Issues in Communicative Disorders

Teaching (University of Minnesota - Duluth)

CSD 5905 Pediatric Dysphagia

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, Brain Plasticity Laboratory: University of Minnesota

Director of the Voice and Speech Science Laboratory at UWRF.

Member, CEPS Reseach, Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee

Served as Wisconsin Teaching Scholar in 2013 and continues to be active in the scholarship of teaching and learning on campus.


Chen, M., Schmidt, R., Kimberley, T., Godding, S., Samargia, S., Ludlow, C. Characteristics of the Cortical Silent Period of the Laryngeal Motor Cortex in Healthy Individuals. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 07 March 2017.

Samargia, S. Improving patient compliance with dysphagia diagnosis. Today’s Geriatric Medicine:2016; 9(1):5. Today’s Dietician. April 2016:18(4):12.

Samargia, S., Schmidt, R., Kimberley, T. Cortical silent period reveals differences between adductor spasmodic dysphonia and muscle tension dysphonia. Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2016; 30(3): 221-232.

Samargia, S., Schmidt, R., Kimberley, T. Shortened cortical silent period in adductor spasmodic dysphonia: evidence of widespread cortical excitability. Neuroscience Letters. 2014; 560: 12-15.

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.


  • Meritorious Poster Submission: American Speech Language Hearing Association, 2013
  • College of Education and Professional Studies Outstanding Academic Advisor, 2012.
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Mentor of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association, 2011.