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About Dr. Catriona M. Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Catriona M. Steele is the Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. She also teaches in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years.

Dr. Steele is known for her commitment to pursuing theoretically driven research that will underpin clinical interventions with sound empirical evidence. She has received particular recognition for her work on tongue function in swallowing. Dr. Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States, and from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.  Previously, she held a prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Steele is in demand as a teacher around the world, and has given workshops and invited lectures across North America, South America, Europe, Kenya, Israel, Japan, China, Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

From 1998-2000, Dr. Steele served as President of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (now Speech-Language Audiology Canada).  She is a past board member of the Dysphagia Research Society. Dr. Steele is a Board-certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and a past Coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders).  In November 2010, Dr. Steele was inducted as an ASHA Fellow and received the University of Toronto’s Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association Distinguished Service award.  In April 2011 she received the Eve Kassirer Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists followed by the Mentorship Award from the same organization in April 2013. In November 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions.

Dr. Plowman serves as a Co-Investigator on Dr. Steele’s R01 grant investigating the physiological flow parameters of liquids utilized in dysphagia management funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders and they have ongoing collaborations in the area of lingual strength training in dysphagia.