Current Students


Elissa Greco, MSLP, SLP – Doctoral Student
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.
View Elissa’s research profile on: ORCID | ResearchGate

Beatrice Manduchi, BSc, MSc, SLP – Doctoral Student
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.
View Beatrice’s research profile on: ORCID | ResearchGate

Vivian Che, MHSc, SLP – Doctoral Student
Vivian is a CASLPO registered Speech-Language Pathologist with an interest in structurally-related dysphagia research. Her current research focuses on fibrosis in head and neck cancer patients. Previously, Vivian completed both an H.B.A in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and M.H.Sc in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Her goals are to develop strong skills in evaluating research and produce accessible, evidence-based resources.
View Vivian’s research profile on: ORCID | ResearchGate

Ala Refai, MHSc, SLP – Doctoral Student
Ala received her HBSc degree specializing in Psychology in 2020, and her MHSc degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022 at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include examining quality of life in head and neck cancer patients along with caregiver burden.