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Stephanie K. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Dr. Daniels 
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  • Office: Clinical Research Services 113

Dr. Daniels received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She is a research speech pathologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr. Daniels is a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her research, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is focused on neurogenic dysphagia. She teaches the graduate course in dysphagia, the undergraduate anatomy and physiology course, and provides clinical education in adult communication disorders.



  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • M.S., University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center, Dallas, TX
  • B.S., East Texas State University, Commerce, TX

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Swallowing Disorders (COMD 6321)

This course will provide graduate students with the knowledge required for the assessment, management, and treatment of swallowing disorders across the age span. The curriculum will include a review of anatomy and neurology related to swallowing, methods of evaluation and diagnosis of dysphagia with a concentration on videofluoroscopic swallow studies, and methods of management and treatment of swallowing disorders.

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Research Interests

Dr. Daniels’ research is focused on understanding the neural underpinnings of swallowing as well as evidence-based evaluation and treatment of dysphagia in individuals with neurological disease. Recent funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs has facilitated identification of specific brain lesions associated with dysphagia in acute stroke patients. Current projects are focused on developing and validating a VA specific swallowing screening tool administered by nurses to identify risk of dysphagia in individuals with suspected stroke and to determine feasibility of implementation of such a tool in the emergency department.

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Research Grants

  • Development and Implementation of a VA Stroke Swallowing Screening Tool  Daniels (PI), VA RR&D, 2012-2015

  • Feasibility of Screening Swallowing in the Emergency Department                  Daniels (PI), VA HSR&D Query, 2009-2010

  • The Neural Mechanisms of Dysphagia in Stroke: A Longitudinal Study           Daniels (PI), RR&D Advanced Career Development Award, 2006-2009

  • Swallowing in Alzheimer and Vascular Dementia                                          Daniels (PI), VA MIREEC Pilot Project Grant , 2004-2006

  • Neurological Predictors of Dysphagia Severity and Recovery in Stroke            Daniels (PI), VA RR&D Career Development Award, 2003-2006

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Selected Publications

  Journal Articles

  • Daniels SK, Anderson JA, Willson PC. (2012). Valid items for screening dysphagia risk in stroke patients: A systematic review. Stroke, 43, 892-897.

  • Cola MG, Daniels SK, Corey DM, Lemen LC, Romero M, Foundas AL. (2010). Dysphagia in acute subcortical stroke. Stroke, 41, 482-486.

  • Leopold NA, Daniels SK. (2010). Supratentorial control of swallowing. Dysphagia, 25, 250-257.

  • Murguia M, Corey DM, Daniels SK. (2009). Comparison of sequential swallowing in individuals with acute stroke and healthy adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 1860-1865.

  • Daniels SK, Schroeder MF, DeGeorge PC, Corey DM, Foundas AL, Rosenbek JC. (2009). Defining and measuring dysphagia following stroke. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18, 74-81.


  • Daniels SK, Huckabee ML. (2008). Dysphagia following stroke. San Diego, CA: Plural.

Book Chapters and Invited Contributions

  • Gallaugher AR, Wilson CA, Daniels SK. (in press). Cerebro-vascular accidents and dysphagia. In R Shaker, G Postma, P Belafsky, C. Easterling (Eds.), Principles of deglutition: A multidisciplinary text for swallowing and its disorders. New York: Springer.

  • Sheaffer LA, Daniels SK. (in press). Ingestion and Alzheimer’s disease: Evidence of early changes. Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).

  • Daniels SK, Murray J. (2012). Stroke. In RD Newman, J Nightingale (Eds.), Videofluoroscopy: A multi-disciplinary team approach (pp. 159-176). San Diego, CA: Plural.

  • Daniels SK. (2009). Swallowing apraxia. In HN Jones JC. Rosenbek (Eds.), The encyclopedia of oropharyngeal dysphagia in rare conditions (pp. 25-30). San Diego, CA: Plural.

  • Daniels SK. (2009). The evaluation of swallowing following stroke: Anecdote and evidence. In A Hofmayer & S Stanchus (Eds.), Rehabilitation von dysphagia (pp. 13-39). Germany: Shulz-Kirchner Verlag.

  • Daniels SK. (2009). Swallowing physiology of sequential straw drinking. In A Hofmayer & S Stanchus (Eds.), Rehabilitation von dysphagia (pp. 65-73). Germany: Shulz-Kirchner Verlag.

  • Daniels SK. (2009). Defining dysphagia following stroke. The ASHA Leader, 14(4), 32.


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Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Board Recognized Specialists-Swallowing (BRS-S), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2009-present.
  • Co-Chair, VA Special Dysphagia Task Force, as part of policy to the Office of the Inspector General Report on Swallowing and Feeding Problems in the VHA, 2006-2010.

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Affiliations and Links

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