Current Students


Stephanie Shaw,  MS, SLP
Stephanie M. Shaw received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Stephanie worked clinically for 3 years in both the school and acute care hospital settings before embarking on her PhD. Her current research focuses on determining the relationship between fibrosis and chronic dysphagia in head and neck cancer patients post-radiotherapy.

Elissa Greco, MSLP, SLP
Elissa has been with the University of Toronto/ Toronto Western Research Institute Swallowing Lab since 2009. Prior to commencing her PhD studies in September of 2014, she worked in the lab is as a Clinical Research Coordinator.  She received her MSLP from Macquarie University, Australia, in 2014 and is a CASLPO registered Speech Language Pathologist.  She is interested in both the clinical and research aspects of speech language pathology and is eager to apply dysphagia research to clinical practice. Elissa’s research interests include investigation into management of of dysphagia of varying severity in head and neck cancer patients.

Victoria Currie, MHSc, SLP
Victoria Currie is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (CASLPO), pursuing doctoral studies to deepen her theoretical knowledge to help inform clinical practice. Prior to beginning the PhD program, Victoria earned degrees in Child, Youth and Family studies and Early Childhood Education, which sparked a passion for working with the pediatric population. In the Swallowing Lab, Victoria conducted research on dysphagia in adult stroke. Victoria’s research goal is to bridge pediatrics and dysphagia in stroke throughout her PhD.

Beatrice Manduchi, BSc, MSc, SLP
Beatrice is an Italian Speech-Language Pathologist, specialized in swallowing disorders in adults with acquired, degenerative and oncological diseases. She received her B.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Milan, Italy, in 2016, and practiced clinically as SLP with people with swallowing disorders. In 2018, she completed a M.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies, with specialization in Dysphagia, from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Before commencing her PhD at the University of Toronto, she worked as Research Assistant at Trinity Dysphagia Center. Her research in the Swallowing Lab focuses on patient-reported outcomes for dysphagia in people with Head and Neck Cancer and patients’ lived experience.


Aliaa Sabry, MD, PhD
Aliaa is a Phoniatrician, and first year post doctoral research fellow at the Krembil Research Institute at the University Health Network (UHN). She graduated from Mansoura University, Egypt with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) in 2006. She earned MSc in Speech-Language Pathology from Ain Shams University, Egypt in 2011. She received her PhD, with specialization in Dysphagia, from Mansoura University, Egypt, in 2019, and practiced clinically as a phoniatrician with people with swallowing disorders for 8 years. Before starting her post doctoral research at UHN, she worked as a researcher at the swallowing lab in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh (2016 to 2019). Current research areas of interest include non-invasive instrumental methods of swallow screening and management through signal processing of patients’ voice and vibratory signals generated during swallowing.