Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Lab

Since receiving her Ph.D. in 2003, Dr. Steele has been conducting a steady stream of studies investigating treatment outcomes for dysphagia post stroke and acquired brain injury.

These studies have focused on treatment methods employing exercise and biofeedback, either from surface EMG or about tongue pressure.

Dr. Steele has worked with the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe to develop software for clinicians who wish to use surface EMG for biofeedback during swallowing therapy.

Dr. Steele’s work on tongue pressure has recently supported the need for refinements to tongue pressure training methods, which are the focus of a prospective multisite randomized trial funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.