Current Students


profile photo. Shaw, Stephanie - croppedStephanie 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.


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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.



Ana Furkim, PhD, SLP
Ana Furkim is completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Swallowing Lab. She has been a Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist in Brazil since 1990. She obtained her Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree in dysphagia from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, and has over 25 years of clinical experience caring for patients with dysphagia in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and intensive care units. Ana organized the first specialized multi-professional dysphagia group and launched several dysphagia services at several hospitals in Sao Paulo.
She has designed and delivered lectures at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels since 1999 and is currently a Professor of Dysphagia in the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Programme at Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
In collaboration with colleagues, she has organized committees in Brazil’s leading scientific societies to bring attention to dysphagia.