Jana Rieger, PhD, MSc, BSc

Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Rehabilitation Medicine


Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Rehabilitation Medicine
(780) 492-4992
2-70 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4


Area of Study / Keywords

Dysphagia Digital Mobile Health Head and Neck Cancer



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 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. In 2018, Dr. Rieger created a spin-off company called True Angle to pursue her dream for commercializing technology that will help people with swallowing impairments live better lives through a remote digital solution for adherence to swallowing exercises.


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 $2.2 M over seven years to support research related to developing technological interfaces for dysphagia rehabilitation in patients with head and neck cancer. Clinical trials to test the remote digital system - the Mobili-T - are ongoing.


Dr. Rieger is currently supervising graduate and post-graduate students interested in swallowing rehabilitation, primarily in the area of head and neck cancer. Her current research focus is on technological interfaces for functional rehabilitation. She is interested in discussing mentorship with students who are looking to further their studies at the graduate level in this area.


Mastication in maxillectomy patients: a comparison between reconstructed maxillae and implant supported obturators: a cross-sectional study

Author(s): Buurman D, Speksnjider C, Kessler P, de Groot R, Rieger J
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Volume: 47
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 1171-1177
External Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32613633/

Mechanically and Electrically Robust Stretchable E-Textiles by Controlling the Permeation Depth of Silver-based Conductive Inks

Author(s): Qiu, Shide; La, Thanh-Giang; Zheng, Lelin; Cho, Chungyeon; Elias, Anastasia; Rieger, Jana; Chung, Hyun-Joong
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Flexible and Printed Electronics
Volume: 4
Issue: 2

Thermochromic and Piezocapacitive Flexible Sensor Array by Combining Composite Elastomer Dielectrics and Transparent Ionic Hydrogel Electrodes

Author(s): Charaya, H, La TG, Rieger J, Chung HJ
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Advanced Materials and Technologies
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.201900327

Alberta Head and Neck Cancer Priority Setting Partnership Steering Committee. The top 10 research priorities in head and neck cancer

Author(s): Lechelt L, Rieger J, Cowan K, Debenham B, Krewski B, Nayar S, Regunathan A, Seikaly H, Singh A, Laupacis A
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Head & Neck
Volume: 40
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 544-554

Evaluation of an automated swallow-detection algorithm using visual biofeedback in healthy adults and head and neck cancer survivors

Author(s): Constantinescu G, Kuffel K, Aalto D, Hodgetts B, Rieger J
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Dysphagia
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 345-357

Usability testing of an mHealth device for swallowing therapy in head and neck cancer survivors.

Author(s): Constantinescu G, King B, Kuffel K, Hodgetts B, Rieger J
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Health Informatics Journal
Volume: April
Issue: 1

Designing a mobile health app for patients with dysphagia following head and neck cancer: a qualitative study

Author(s): Constantinescu, G. Loewen, I, King, B., Brodt, C., Hodgetts, W., Rieger, J
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Medical Internet Research Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-11
External Link: https://rehab.jmir.org/2017/1/e3/

Electromyography and mechanomyography signals during swallowing in healthy adults and head and neck cancer survivors.

Author(s): Constantinescu G, Hodgetts B, Scott D, Kuffel K, King B, Brodt C, Rieger J.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Dysphagia
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 90-103
External Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27565156

Flow and grit by design: exploring gamification in facilitating adherence to swallowing therapy.

Author(s): Constantinescu G, Rieger J, Mummery K, Hodgetts B.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 1296-1303

Silicone-based Adhesives for Long-Term Skin Application: Cleaning Protocols and Their Effect on Peel Strength

Author(s): Liu L, Kuffel K, Scott D, Constantinescu, G, Chung H-J, Rieger J.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express
Volume: 4
Page Numbers: 1-11

All-Solid-State Sodium Selective Electrode with a Solid Contact of Chitosan/Prussian blue Nanocomposite

Author(s): Ghosh T, Chung H-J, Rieger J
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Sensors
Volume: 17
Issue: 11
Page Numbers: 2536

Epidermal electronics for electromyography: An application to swallowing therapy.

Author(s): Constantinescu G, Jeong J-W, Li X, Scott DK, Jang KI, Chung H-J, Rogers JA, Rieger J
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Medical Engineering and Physics
Volume: 38
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 807-812
External Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27255865

Pharyngeal stimulation in head and neck cancer patients with dysphagia: functional outcomes and transcranial magnetic stimulation motor evoked potentials

Author(s): Carol A. Boliek, Jennifer A. Harris, Daniel C. Sadowski, Teresa Paslawski, Liu Shi Gan, Jana M. Rieger
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: International Journal of Neruorehabilitation
External Link: https://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/pharyngeal-stimulation-in-head-and-neck-cancer-2376-0281-1000138.php?aid=36344