Originally Broadcast Live on August 3, 2016
Presentation Description: Dr. Fingeret’s talk with explore the concept of body image as it relates to dysphagia, reviewing the manner in which functional changes to swallowing and speech impact perceptions, thoughts and feelings about one’s body. She will review some research she has conducted in this area and offer practical tips and strategies for improving body image awareness and acceptance. She will also share insights from her experience as a NFOSD Swallowing Support Group leader and ways that support groups enhance coping for patients as they struggle with body image changes.
Presenter: Dr. Michelle Fingeret, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at MD Anderson Cancer. She is the founder and director of the Body Image Research and Therapy Program, which was developed to enhance the care of patients struggling with changes to their appearance and bodily functioning as a result of cancer and its treatment. Her research and clinical activities focus largely on the psychosocial treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. She is also a co-leader for the Houston chapter of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders support group, which has been active for over 3 years.