Jessica Maxham Pisegna, PhD, MS CCC-SLP, BCS-S, MEd

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Jessica Pisegna
635 Commonwealth Avenue, BCD Building, 5th floor


Dr. Jessica M. Pisegna, PhD, MS-CCC-CLP, BCS-S, MEd received her doctoral degree in 2016 from Boston University: Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head-Neck Surgery at Boston University and is a clinical Speech Pathologist at Boston Medical Center where she is also the Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center and Section Chief of the Speech Pathology services. Her doctoral work propelled her to researching adult voice and swallowing disorders, which has been a passion of hers. In the world of medical speech language pathology, she particularly enjoys the detective-like skills required to figure out why someone may have trouble voicing, swallowing, or breathing. She specializes in rehabilitating adults with swallowing disorders caused from stroke, head/neck cancer, trauma, and other diseases or disabilities. Her clinical work and research goals aim to improve diagnosis of swallowing disorders to improve diagnosis and recovery time.


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University, MS
  • Long Island University Brooklyn, MEd
  • Hamilton College, BA


  • Published on 4/4/2024

    Buckley DP, Borders JC, Pisegna JM. Muscle Tension Dysphagia: An Expanded Investigation of Clinical Presentations and Swallowing Kinematics. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2024 Apr 04; 1-9. PMID: 38573246.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/25/2024

    Kariveda RR, Tran A, Velu PS, Jabbour N, Pisegna JM, Tracy LF. Impact of Patient Factors on Attendance at Remote Telehealth Swallow Therapy. Dysphagia. 2024 Jan 25. PMID: 38273158.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/18/2024

    Jabbour N, Agarwal P, Pisegna JM, Mathur N, Zuckerman M, Caten H, Tracy LF. Socioeconomic Impact on Swallow Therapy Attendance. Dysphagia. 2024 Jan 18. PMID: 38238573.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/10/2023

    Zuckerman M, Wang S, Kaneoka A, Coster WJ, Leonard R, Langmore SE, Pisegna JM. Conceptualizing Adult Dysphagia in the United States Within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2024 May; 105(5):1008-1018. PMID: 38072229.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/19/2023

    Kitila M, Borders JC, Krisciunas GP, McNally E, Pisegna JM. Confidence, Accuracy, and Reliability of Penetration-Aspiration Scale Ratings on Flexible Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing by Speech Pathologists. Dysphagia. 2023 Nov 19. PMID: 37980635.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/8/2023

    Li A, Ganann MG, Pisegna JM. Does doffing the FEES Box generate a significant cloud of particles after aerosol-generating procedures? A proof-of-concept study. Int J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Nov 08; 1-12. PMID: 37941422.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/25/2023

    Jijakli A, Borders JC, Gottlieb A, Ramirez E, Leonard R, Langmore SE, Murray J, Pisegna JM. Absent epiglottic inversion as seen on flexible endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) is associated with a gestalt reduction in swallowing mechanics. Am J Otolaryngol. 2023; 44(2):103757. PMID: 36753976.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/10/2022

    Kumar S, Marchina S, Langmore S, Massaro J, Palmisano J, Wang N, Searls DE, Lioutas V, Pisegna J, Wagner C, Shinde A, Schlaug G. Fostering eating after stroke (FEASt) trial for improving post-stroke dysphagia with non-invasive brain stimulation. Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 10; 12(1):9607. PMID: 35689084.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/3/2021

    Sambhu M, Goh T, Golan H, Pisegna J, Noordzij JP. Evaluating the use of baclofen as adjunct treatment for muscle tension dysphonia. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Mar-Apr; 43(2):103309. PMID: 34896937.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/25/2021

    Starmer HM, Arrese L, Langmore S, Ma Y, Murray J, Patterson J, Pisegna J, Roe J, Tabor-Gray L, Hutcheson K. Adaptation and Validation of the Dynamic Imaging Grade of Swallowing Toxicity for Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing: DIGEST-FEES. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 06 04; 64(6):1802-1810. PMID: 34033498.

    Read at: PubMed

View 27 more publications: View full profile at BUMC

View all profiles