Swallowing Research Lab


Michael A. Crary, Ph.D


Michael A. Crary, PhD., is the director of the Swallowing Research laboratory and a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Crary's current clinical and research interests focus on disorders of swallowing, specifically improving assessment and treatment strategies.

Current research projects include studies of the clinical and instrumental evaluation of dysphagia, characteristics of dysphagia in stroke patients, outcomes of dysphagia treatment in patients with head/neck cancer, and outcomes associated with electrical stimulation treatment for dysphagia. He has a long history as a practicing clinician and remains active in patient care. He has written and lectured extensively, including internationally, on these topics.

His most recent text is "The Introduction to Adult Swallowing Disorders". He has served as assistant director of the ASHA Special Interest Division #13: Dysphagia. He is a former nominee for the DiCarlo award from ASHA, a recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award from ASHA, and has been elected as a Fellow of ASHA.

Lisa LaGorio, BA, MS/CCC-SLP

Research Assistant

Lisa LaGorio is a Research Assistant in the Swallowing Research Laboratory and Doctoral Student in the Department Rehabilitation Science-Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. She has more than 10 years clinical experience as a medical Speech Language Pathologist with clinical expertise in adult and pediatric dysphagia rehabilitation, cognitive-linguistic rehabilitation after acquired brain injury, and vocal rehabilitation of the aging voice. She has experience in both endoscopic and fluoroscopic evaluations of swallowing. She has taught courses and lectured nationally in the area of dysphagia rehabilitation.

Ms. LaGorio's current research interests include epidemiology of swallowing and voice disorders in the geriatric population as well as the use of new technologies and treatment paradigms in the rehabilitation of dysphagia and dysphonia following stroke and head and neck cancer.

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Giselle Mann: B.App.Sci, P.Grad. Dip (Hsc), M.P.H., Ph.D, SLP-CCC

Co Director / Associate Research

Dr Mann is Co Director of the Swallowing Research Laboratory and Associate Research Scientist in the department of Behavioral Science and Community Health at the University of Florida. She has over 20 years clinical experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked extensively as a research associate in a neuroscience /stroke research trials unit in Western Australia.

She has been involved in a range of multi-national multi-centered research trials and has attracted continuous research funding since 1994. Dr. Mann's research focus lies in the rehabilitation of swallowing disorders following stroke and head/neck cancer. In addition, she specializes in research epidemiology and biostatistics and health promotion. She has been involved with a range of health and health related projects including, Better Hearing Australia and Second Hand Tobacco Smoke (SHTS) Awareness, Competency and Practice.

Dr Mann is the author of the M.A.S.A., a published examination of swallowing ability. She is currently a member of the National Stroke Council for the American Heart Association, and a Consultant for the Stroke Canada Optimization of Rehabilitation by Evidence (SCORE) project. Dr. Mann was awarded a research scholarship from the Curtin University in 1997 and the Mark Liverist Certificate of Excellence in Research in 1998. She is a past recipient of the Australian Brain Foundation's "Young Investigators Award" the Stroke Society of Australia's "Peter Bladin Award" and the Geoff Blee Award for excellence in research.

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Digital Analysis Technicians

Brian Borse
Pam Carvajal
Arielle Lacy

Research Assistants

Jamie Humphries
Sara Lin
Chandlyn Pendly
Amrika Rampersand
Isaac Sia

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This page was last updated Jun. 15, 2010.