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Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Catriona Steele Instructor Bio:
Dr. Catriona M. Steele is the Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She also teaches in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years.

Dr. 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. Dr. Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, and funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Steele is in demand as a teacher around the world, and has given workshops and invited lectures across North America, Europe, Japan, China, Korea, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.

Catriona Steele's Continuing Education Courses

Tongue Pressure Resistance Training Part 1: Rationale and Steps for Measuring Tongue Strength

Tongue Pressure Resistance Training Part 1: Rationale and Steps for Measuring Tongue Strength

This course is the first of a two part series that provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to implement tongue pressure strength training as a treatment for dysphagia. The course begins with an overview of tongue anatomy and… Read Morearrow_right

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Tongue Pressure Resistance Training Part 2: Designing a Training Program

Tongue Pressure Resistance Training Part 2: Designing a Training Program

This course is the second of a two part series that provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to implement tongue pressure strength training as a treatment for dysphagia. Applying the skills developed in the first course to measure… Read Morearrow_right

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Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 1: Background and Use Cases in Dysphagia Management

Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 1: Background and Use Cases in Dysphagia Management

Video fluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) are an important tool for speech language pathologists and other allied health professionals to leverage during assessment and treatment planning for persons experiencing dysphagia. This course,… Read Morearrow_right

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Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 2: Designing a Videofluoroscopy Protocol

Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 2: Designing a Videofluoroscopy Protocol

This course provides detailed instructions for designing a video fluoroscopy protocol that emphasizes quality design and clinical usability. The course also reviews important technical information that informs protocol design. Specific… Read Morearrow_right

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Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 3: Determining Swallowing Safety and Efficiency Using Videofluoroscopy

Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 3: Determining Swallowing Safety and Efficiency Using Videofluoroscopy

In this course, Catriona Steele discusses strategies for evaluating the swallowing safety and efficiency of patients via video fluoroscopy. The course reviews the relevance of measurable residue levels and visible aspiration events to swallowing… Read Morearrow_right

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Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 4: Mechanisms Behind Swallowing Dysfunction

Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 4: Mechanisms Behind Swallowing Dysfunction

In this course, Dr. Catriona Steele describes the mechanisms of the swallowing process that can impact safety and efficiency. These mechanisms include bolus dwell time, maximum hyoid extension, laryngeal vestibule closure, and pharyngeal… Read Morearrow_right

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Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 5: Using Videofluoroscopy for Dysphagia Treatment Planning

Best Practice In Videofluoroscopy Part 5: Using Videofluoroscopy for Dysphagia Treatment Planning

The final installment in Dr. Steele’s Best Practice in Videofluoroscopy applies concepst from the whole series to apply interpretation of videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) to Dysphagia treatment scenarios. The course will focus… Read Morearrow_right

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