Nicole Pulia, PhD

Geriatrics and Gerontology
Assistant Professor
Veterans Administration Hosp
2500 Overlook Ter D5216
Madison WI 53705-2254
(608) 256-1901


  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa- MA in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois – PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Swallowing Disorders, Correlative area: Neuroscience
  • Madison VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center VA Medical Center, Madison, Wisconsin - Women’s Health Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Madison VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center VA Medical Center – Advanced Geriatrics Fellow


Dr. Nicole Rogus-Pulia is a faculty member of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology within the Department of Medicine. She is Director of the national VA multi-site Intensive Dysphagia Treatment (IDT) Program and Associate Director for Research Training and Career Development for the Advanced Women’s Health Fellowship at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Rogus-Pulia is a joint faculty member of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as affiliate faculty in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and the Health Services Care Research program in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Rogus-Pulia serves a Councilor on the Dysphagia Research Society Board of Directors and a member of the Research Methods sub-committee of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She also serves as peer reviewer for numerous journals and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research-Speech as well as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association SIG13 Perspectives journal.

Clinical Specialties

As a practicing speech-language pathologist at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and the Madison VA hospital, Dr. Rogus-Pulia’s clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, or swallowing impairment, across a variety of patient populations.


The goal of Dr. Rogus-Pulia’s research program is to improve identification of dysphagia in older adults and to develop innovative evidence-based interventions for prevention of adverse health outcomes. Her current NIH-funded research focuses on novel therapeutic interventions for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and comorbid dysphagia.