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Jana Rieger, PhD, MSc, BSc


Rehabilitation Medicine

Communication Sciences and Disorders

About Me

PhD - Rehabilitation Science - University of Alberta
MSc - Speech and Hearing Sciences - University of Arizona
BSc - Speech Pathology and Audiology - University of Arizona

Background Information
Since 1999, Dr. Rieger’s research has focused on understanding functional outcomes, including speech, swallowing, chewing and quality of life in patients with defects of the head and neck secondary to cancer and trauma. From 2004 – 2011, she was funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research as a Population Health Clinician Researcher. During that time, she held a joint appointment between the University of Alberta and the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM) as a clinician scientist. Funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Dr. Rieger has expanded her research focus to explore the use of mobile technology to improve rehabilitative services to patients with head and neck cancer. In her role as Director of Research at iRSM, she is facilitating the continued development of research teams in the areas of: advanced technologies for surgical intervention; regenerative medicine in head and neck; outcomes and analytics; and implantable hearing solutions.


Current Research 

Dr. Jana Rieger was one of four successful researchers to receive funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Transformative Program competition in April 2014. Dr. Rieger and her team received $1.9 M over the next five years to support research related to developing technological interfaces for dysphagia rehabilitation in patients with head and neck cancer.

Current Research Projects

Functional outcomes related to surgical design and simulation for reconstruction of the jaws (Rieger)

Mobile technology in head and neck cancer dysphagia rehabilitation (Constantinescu)

Transgender communication and rehabilitation (Hardy) 

Patient, caregiver and clinician expectations of outcomes in head and neck cancer (Alolayan)