About Ashley Waito, M.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Ashley is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, under the mentorship of Dr. Catriona Steele. Her research interests center around swallowing physiology in patients with complex neurodegenerative conditions, and how changes in swallowing physiology contribute to functional swallowing impairment.

Ashley grew up in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. While completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Toronto, she worked as a research student for Dr. Catriona Steele at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. In 2012, Ashley obtained her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta, and then gained clinical experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Anderson Speech Consultants in Burlington, Ontario, and within the Halton Hills Family Health Team in Georgetown, Ontario. In 2014, Ashley returned to the Steele Swallowing Lab as a Research Associate, and continues to support the research program as a Clinical Research Coordinator. In addition to her involvement in research, Ashley works as a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist in the Inpatient Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury programs at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Ashley is currently visiting the University of Florida to initiate a new collaborative research study between the Plowman and Steele laboratories, and obtain mentorship related to her PhD studies from Dr. Emily Plowman and her research team. Ashley aspires to become a member of a multidisciplinary clinical research team to continue serving patients, while refining practice patterns and streamlining clinical care.