for people ages 60-110 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Clark Rosen, MD
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Clark Rosen



This study will investigate if the performance on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is associated or predictive of the outcomes in voice, swallowing or upper airway therapy in the older laryngology treatment seeking patients. The relationship between the scores of MoCA and parameters in therapy will be analyzed. The outcomes of this study could potentially impact how investigators determine candidacy for therapy and develop patient treatment plans to meet their needs. This is a collaborative study with Emory Voice Center and the NYU Voice Center.


Cognitive Impairment, Voice Disorders, Voicebox Disorders, Cognitive Decline, Swallowing Disorder, voice therapy, cough therapy, swallowing therapy, Deglutition Disorders, Disease, Cognitive Dysfunction, Speech Therapy, Upper Airway Therapy


You can join if…

Open to people ages 60-110

  • 60 years or older with voice/swallowing/upper airway complaints
  • Multidisciplinary assessment by fellowship-trained laryngologist and voice/swallow/upper airway specialized speech-language pathologist
  • Voice, Swallowing and/or Upper airway disorder diagnosis
  • Candidate for voice, swallowing or upper airway therapy following interdisciplinary assessment.
  • State willingness to participate in the study protocol

You CAN'T join if...

  • Under the age of 60 years old
  • Previously diagnosed dementia
  • Central neurological disorder
  • Active psychotic disorder
  • Recurrent or active major depressive disorder (PHQ-9 of 10 or greater)
  • Patient not able to attempt the MoCA because of a severe hearing or visual impairment
  • Patients who do not speak or understand English
  • Tested with MoCA in the last month


  • UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center
    San Francisco California 94115 United States
  • Emory Voice Center
    Atlanta Georgia 30308 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Clark Rosen, MD
    Clark Rosen, MD is a Director of the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center, Chief of the Division of Laryngology, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Rosen is originally from Los Gatos, California and is a proud graduate of Cal (Go Bears!).


accepting new patients by invitation only
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Francisco
Study Type
Expecting 48 study participants
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