Dr Renée Speyer is currently employed as Associate Professor at James Cook University in Australia where she is the Head of Speech Pathology. After graduating as a speech pathologist in the Netherlands, she earned master degrees in Speech and Language Pathology, Epidemiology and Health Professions Education and completed a PhD in 2004. Dr Speyer’s career included working as a speech pathologist in different health care settings and in academia. Over the last two decades Dr Speyer has developed an international research track record in the field of oropharyngeal dysphagia. She is currently undertaking research projects both nationally and internationally involving clinimetrics, instrument development, and developing evidenced based interventions in allied health for different disability population groups. She published over 50 internationally peer-reviewed research articles, mainly in the field of oropharyngeal dysphagia.