Ruth Martin, PhD


Room 200, HSB
519 661-2111, x86680 


  • PhD (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • MHSc (University of Toronto)
  • BSc (Queen's University)

Research In Profile

Professor Ruth Martin is the Associate Vice-Provost, School of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies, and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physiology and Pharmacology, Otolaryngology, Neuroscience, and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Federally funded, her research program is directed towards (i) understanding the neural basis of swallowing through brain imaging and kinematic studies, and (ii) developing new approaches to the rehabilitation of swallowing and other upper airway health problems.. Professor Martin is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is the inventor of the Abilex* device for which she was awarded the 2018 Vanguard Innovator of the Year Award.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Colley, P, Chabot, N., Anstey, L., Baker, N., Martin, R.E., Examining online health-sciences graduate programs in Canada. Internat Rev Res Open Dist Learning, 20 (3), 2019 Impact Factor (IF): 1.26
  • Affoo, R, Trottier, K, Garrick R, Mascarenhas T, Jang Y, Martin RE. The effects of tooth brushing on whole salivary flow rate in older adults. BioMed Res Internat, 5:1-7, 2018 Article ID 3904139, 2018. IF: 2.47
  • Toogood J, Theurer J, Gati J, Menon R, Affoo R, Martin RE. Swallowing preparation and execution: Insights from a delayed-response functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. Dysphagia, 1-16, 2017. IF: 2.0
  • Foley N, Affoo, R, Siqueira W, Martin, R. A systematic review examining the oral health status of persons with dementia. JDR Clinical & Translational Research 2 (4), 330-342, 2017, IF: 4.7
  • Abe K, Weisz SE, Dunn RL, DiGioacchino MC, Nyentap JA, Stanbouly S, Theurer JA, Bureau Y, Affoo RH & Martin RE. (2015). Occurrences of yawn and swallow are temporally related. Dysphagia, 30(1), 57-66.

Current Grants and Research Projects

  • PI: Ruth Martin, NSERC Discovery Grant, Functional Organization and Connectivity of the Insula for Swallowing 2017-2022, Funds: $215,900, status: funded.

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Associate Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Orofacial Neuroscience Research Team


  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • FHS Faculty Scholar
  • Premier's Research Excellence Award
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care Career Scientist

Professional Activities

  • Section Editor, Current Reviews in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Editorial Board Member, Dysphagia Research Society