Renee Speyer


Current position

Professor, University of Oslo, 2017

Current Honorary Positions

  • Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, The Netherlands
  • University of Leuven, Faculty of Medicine, Belgium
  • University Autonòma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western Australia



  • International Master of Science in Health Professions Education, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, 2010
  • Registration Master of Science in Epidemiology, the Netherlands, 2005
  • Post-doctoral Master in Epidemiology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2004
  • PhD Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University: ‘Effect of voice therapy: measurement and evaluation’, 2003
  • Master in Speech and Language Pathology, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1990
  • Propaedeutic examination in Pedagogy, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1987
  • Bachelor in Logopedics and Audiology, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1986


Previous professional appointments

  • Associate Professor, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, 2012 - 2017
  • Research coordinator, Institute of Health Studies, University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2011-2012
  • Head of Cancer Registration, Research and Medical Care, Comprehensive Cancer Centre West, Leiden, the Netherlands, 2009 - 2010
  • Principal researcher - Clinician / Staff ENT Department – Centre for Audiology, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2003 – 2011
  • Scientist / PhD Student, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1997 - 2002
  • Speech and language pathologist, Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1995 - 1997
  • Speech and language pathologist, Rehabilitation Centre St. Maartenskliniek, Ubbergen, the Netherlands, 1989 - 1992
  • Head private practises for speech and language therapy, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1986 – 2003


Current Research and Professional interests

  • Laryngology:
    • Dysphagia (Swallowing disorders)
    • Dysphonia (Voice disorders)
  • Effects of speech and language therapy
  • Psychometrics (Validity and reliability of assessments)
  • Instrument Development
  • Health economics
  • Systematic reviews (including psychometric and economic reviews)


Professional Affiliations

  • Board member / Secretary of the European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD)
  • Associate Editor of the journal Dysphagia
  • Editorial Board Member of the Dutch Journal of Voice, Speech and Language Pathology
  • Member of:            
    • Dysphagia Research Society (DRS)
    • Laryngology Society of Australasia (LSA)
    • Dutch Association of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery
    • Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA)
    • Netherlands Association of Epidemiology





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