Meet Kate Hutcheson, Ph.D.
Areas of Research
- Head and Neck Cancer Research
- Survivorship Research
- Oral Cancer Research
- Targeted Therapy Research
- Throat Cancer Research
Welcome to the Hutcheson Laboratory! We are a clinical research lab focused on head and neck cancer survivorship - with an emphasis on swallowing and communication outcomes. Our goal is to advance the science and care of head and neck cancer survivors from diagnosis through the management of late effects.
The Hutcheson Laboratory seeks to optimize functional outcomes and quality of life in cancer survivorship through high quality clinical studies. We have developed protocols and methods to measure functional outcomes with emphasis on pragmatic, real world solutions to outcomes assessment and clinical management. We apply the following methods in interdisciplinary clinical pathways and registries to track outcomes and examine drivers of response:
- Outcomes research
- Supportive care trials
- Pragmatic clinical studies
Kate Hutcheson, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor and Deputy Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery with dual appointment in the Division of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She serves as Section Chief and Research Director for the Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Hutcheson is a certified speech-language pathologist, a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), and holds a Doctorate Degree in Epidemiology. She maintains an active clinical practice and research program. She has authored over 140 journal articles with funding support from the National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the MD Anderson Institutional Research Grant Award program, the CPRIT UT Health Innovation Training Program, foundation grants and donor funds. She serves as Associate Editor for the journals Head and Neck and Dysphagia. She is an accomplished clinician and educator who lectures nationally and internationally on radiation associated dysphagia and head and neck cancer rehabilitation.
Speech Pathology & Audiology Program Manager
Speech Pathology & Audiology Program Coordinator
Funding support for the Hutcheson Laboratory includes:
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
MD Anderson Institutional Research Grant Program
MD Anderson Survivorship SEED program
MD Anderson Oropharynx Registry PRO/Function CORE
High dose steroids for late neuropathy (2019-0207)
DIGEST™ measurement and training
PATH registry (2020-1114)