Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Lab

Catriona M. Steele, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, ASHA Fellow

Professor Catriona M. Steele is the Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. Professor Steele also holds an appointment in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto (http://www.slp.utoronto.ca). Prior to completing her Ph.D., Professor Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years.

Professor 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. Professor Steele currently holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States and the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (www.canadianstroke.ca/en/) .  Previous funding has come from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.  She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications. Professor Steele is in demand as a teacher around the world, and has given workshops and invited lectures across North America, South America, Europe, Kenya, Egypt, Israel, Japan, China, Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

From 1998-2000, Professor 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. Professor 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).  She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Dysphagia journal and for the Journal of Speech-Language Hearing Research and serves as a member of the board of directors for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (www.iddsi.org).

In November 2010, Professor 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. In April 2016, Professor Steele was awarded Speech-Language Audiology Canada’s Lifetime achievement award.