Michael A. Crary, Ph.D, FASHA
Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. He is Co- Director of the Swallowing Research Laboratory. Dr. Crary’s current clinical and research interests focus on swallowing disorders, specifically improving assessment and treatment strategies. Current research projects include studies of the characteristics of dysphagia and related morbidities in stroke patients, community dwelling older persons, outcomes of dysphagia treatment in patients with head/neck cancer or stroke, and outcomes associated with exercised-based therapy and adjunctive modalities in the treatment of dysphagia in adult patients. He has a long history as a practicing clinician and remains active in patient care. His most recent text is “Dysphagia Management in Adults and Children” with Michael Groher. Dr. Crary is a Fellow of ASHA and has served in the board of SIG 13. He was awarded Honors of the Association in 2016.
Giselle Carnaby, MPH, Ph.D, FASHA
Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Medicine at the University of Central Florida. She is also the Director of the University of Central Florida, Swallowing Research Laboratory. She is also a public health scientist and was the past Director of the PHD in Public Health at the University of Florida for over 9 years. She specializes in research epidemiology and biostatistics, and has worked extensively in neurology and dysphagia research. Dr Carnaby’s research focus lies in the rehabilitation of swallowing disorders in Head neck cancer and stroke, and she has published over 95 peer reviewed papers in these areas. Dr. Carnaby is the author of the “Mann Assessment of Swallowing” and its cancer version MASA-C. She is a lifetime research scholar of the American Cancer Society and has a background of funded research from the NIH-NCI, NIH-NICHD, ACS and FL- DOH. She was awarded ASHA Fellow, in 2012.
Yvette McCoy, MS., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Yvette McCoy is a speech-language pathologist with over 25 years experience, specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation with a special interest in dysphagia and stroke rehabilitation. She owns Speak Well Solutions, LLC. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a board certified swallowing specialist, MDTP certified Provider, eight time ACE Awardee, mentor and CFY supervisor. She currently serves on the Executive Board for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorder and is the Public Relations Committee Chair. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society where she has served on the Website Communications and Public Relations Committee. She is co-creator/author of the mobile app ‘Dysphagia Therapy’, and The Adult Dysphagia Clinician’s Pocket Guide: From Neuroanatomy to Clinical Practice by Plural Publishing. Finally, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is joining the FDI as part of our MDTP instructor team.
Diane Longnecker, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Diane Longnecker is an Advanced Clinical Specialist for the speech pathology department at Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She also holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). Diane has been using MDTP for over 5 years with a variety of patient populations and across a variety of clinical settings. She has also led the integration of MDTP into routine use for treatment of dysphagia in a large hospital system.
Lisa LaGorio, PhD, MPH, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor and Program Director for the MS in Speech-Language Pathology program at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. She is the Director of the Rush University Swallowing Research Laboratory where she collaborates with physicians in pediatric neurology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, neuroradiology, and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Her current research interests include aging effects on swallowing physiology, high-flow nasal cannula effects on swallowing, and elucidating the common/shared neurologic pathways between swallowing and cognition in neurodegenerative diseases. She has been a practicing clinician for more than 20 years specializing in neurorehabilitation and dysphagia rehabilitation across the lifespan; she continues to evaluate and treat adult patients weekly. She has been an NIH-funded researcher, international visiting professor, and member of the SIG-13 Professional Development Committee. Finally, Dr. LaGorio has been an MDTP practitioner since 2006 when she joined Drs. Crary and Carnaby’s’ MDTP research team.