Dr Anna Miles

PhD - Canterbury University / BSc hons - University College London

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Anna Miles PhD is a full-time faculty member in Speech Science, Psychology at The University of Auckland. Dr Miles is a researcher, lecturer and clinician in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. She is the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Clinical Expert in Adult Dysphagia. Anna is Principle Investigator of the Swallowing Research Laboratory in the Centre of Brain Research at The University of Auckland.

The Swallowing Research Laboratory at The University of Auckland, led by Dr Miles, strives to improve the lives of people with swallowing difficulties through improved assessment, treatment and medical education. The laboratory hopes to reduce the risks of pneumonia and death associated with swallowing difficulties as well as improve the quality of life of suffers. 

In addition to research supervision, Anna provides clinical teaching to students at The University of Auckland and provides a considerable amount of international and national teaching each year. Anna is a specialist speech-language therapist in dysphagia and provides national teaching in speciality areas of endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, videofluroscopic study of swallowing, surface EMG in dysphagia management and tracheostomy management.


Research | Current

Research is being completed investigating the predictive value of objective swallowing measures and airway responsiveness on aspiration and aspiration pneumonia in both adults and children. Work is underway with international collaborators to combine databases to further our understanding of the effect of age on swallowing function. Work is in progress looking at the effect of choir attendance and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) on swallowing and cough function. In addition to our studies with people with swallowing difficulties within district health boards, we also have an education focus. We are investigating the efficacy of innovative teaching approaches including simulation and virtual patients on allied health education both at under-graduate and post-graduate level. 

The University of Auckland Swallowing Research Laboratory's most recent achievement was the completion of a comprehensive normative database of video fluoroscopic swallowing studies. This includes 120 healthy New Zealanders aged 20-98 years old. This database is the first New Zealand normative swallowing database and will provide objective norms for all observational and experimental studies in the future. 



Teaching | Current

Course Director

Swallowing Disorders

  • SPCHSCI721 Dysphagia
  • SPCHSCI701 Dysphagia - distance learning​

Voice and Fluency: SPCHSCI746

Special Topics Papers (SPCHSCI751, 753, 754) - research skills

Research Project: SPCHSCI745, 752


Speech-language Therapy Clinical Practice (SPCHSCI 714, 724,734,744)

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Introduction to Speech Science
  • Anatomy and physiology of swallowing

Research Methodology

Postgraduate supervision

Research Supervision

Masters of Speech-language Therapy Practice


Waitemata District Health Board Excellence in Research & Innovation Award (2015)

Jean Seabrooke Prize (PhD) (2013)

NZSTA Research Excellence Award (2014)


I provide specialist teaching in digital analysis of videofluoroscopic study of swallowing, cough reflex testing, fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and tracheostomy management.

Areas of expertise

  • Swallowing Disorders- assessment and treatment
  • Videofluoroscopic Study of Swallowing
  • Cough Reflex Testing and swallowing assessment
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Fibreoptic Endoscopic Study of Swallowing

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional Standards Portfolio for New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association Executive Board

Expert Advisor for New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association - Adult Dysphagia

New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association since 2000

Dysphagia Research Society Member (since 2015, ongoing)

Laryngology Society of Australasia Member (since 2015, ongoing)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Alternative contact

Research Gate: 


Centre of Brain Research




Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 721 - Bldg 721
Level 3, Room 318
New Zealand

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