Helen Kenedi

Senior Lecturer III - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Tags: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Professional Preparation

M.S. - Communication Disorders
University of Texas at Dallas - 1995
B.A. - Psychology
McGill University - 1984

Additional Information

Clinical Supervision
  • January, 1996 to July 2001: Provided clinical supervision to Master's level students on site in all of the above settings at Baylor Healthcare System since obtaining CCC's in January, 1996.
  • October, 1998 to May, 2000: Clinical Supervisor of the Rehabilitation Department at Baylor Specialty Hospital. This included responsibility for daily operations and program development. Staff supervision included speech-
  • language pathologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational specialists.
  • August 1, 2001 to present: Supervising students at the Communication Learning Center clinic for The University of Texas at Dallas. This clinic provides individual and group therapy to adults with neurogenic disorders.
  • September 13, 2001 to present: Supervising students at the Dysphagia Clinic at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. This provides students with a practicum experience which focuses on dysphagia including opportunities to administer dysphagiagrams
Courses Taught/Teaching
  • Dysphagia with Tracheostomy/Ventilator Dependent Patients, June 7, 2000 and June 27, 2001
  • Motor Speech Disorders, Fall 2001
  • Topics in Advanced Dysphagia - Spring 2002
  • Introduction to Dysphagia - Summer 2002
Continuing Education
  • Oral Motor and Sensory Stages of Feeding, February 2002
  • Treatment of the Anoxic Patient, July 2001
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Oral Feeding Disorders in the NICU and Alter Discharge,
  • October, 2000
  • Deep Pharyngea1Neurostimu1ation, April 1999
  • Endoscopy & Other clinical Tools for the Management of Swallowing & Voice
  • Disorders, September 1998
  • The Aging Brain, The Aging Mind, October, 1998
  • Treatment of Pediatric Ventilator Dependant Patients, April 1998
  • Holistic Approach to Coma Treatment, October 1997
  • Treatment Documentation, October 1997
  • Personality, Motivation & Health, October 1997
  • Progressive Aphasia/Case Study, September 1997
  • Real Life Rehab Transition, May 1997
  • Meyers and Briggs Assmt-II, March 1997
  • Neurogenic Dysphagia- Geriatric, March 1997
  • Neuropharmacology in Brain Injury, September 1996
  • Radiology Safety, June 1996
  • Aphasia Treatment, May 1996
  • Aphasia Center Transdisciplinary Treatment, April 1996
  • Listening to the Body, April 1996
  • Laryngeal Cancer, April 1996

News Articles

Researcher Hopes to Help People With Dysphagia
Researchers from the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) are working together to investigate the effects of drinking water on patients with dysphagia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to swallow. Their study will document the benefits and problems of the “free water protocol,” which lets patients have water and ice instead of restricting them to liquids that have been artificially thickened. “Currently, some medical practitioners discourage patients with dysphagia from drinking water due to concerns that aspiration of the water into the lungs may result in pneumonia,” said Helen Kenedi, MS, principal investigator of the study and clinical lecturer in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “Patients who are denied access to water often report that they are thirsty, are dehydrated and have a decreased quality of life.”