Faculty and Staff

Carnaby is a Professor within the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She has been working as an academic since 1995 and within Higher Education in the USA from 2000. From June 2000- 2015 she was on faculty at the University of Florida (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, and held appointments in the Departments of Communicative Disorders, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Science. She joined UCF in 2015, as a tenured professor jointly appointed in Communicative Sciences and Internal Medicine (Population Health). She is an experienced clinical Speech Language Pathologist and Public Health Scientist with over 28 years clinical experience working with adult communicative and swallowing impaired patients. Her research focus lies in survivorship and the rehabilitation of patients with swallowing disorders following Head/Neck cancer and stroke. She specializes in research epidemiology and biostatistics and has worked extensively in gerontology, neurology and dysphagia research trials. Carnaby is the author of the “Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability (MASA)” and its Head Neck cancer version the MASA-C. She is a research scholar of the American Cancer Society and ASHA Fellow.

Credentials
  • Ph.D.
  • MPH
  • CCC-SLP

My primary research interests fall within the areas of: Dysphagia, Dysphagia rehabilitation, and Behavioral Oncology-Survivorship. My specific scientific concentration is Dysphagia intervention combining the fields of therapeutic remediation within Gerontology, Neurology and Behavioral Oncology. These broad themes encompass prevention and control, morbidity prevention and quality-of-life research. I am most interested in exploring questions related to these areas within the pre-clinical dysphagia within the ageing population, Stroke and Head Neck Cancer. I have received continual research funding since 1994 from the American Cancer Society, NIH, Florida Department of Health and other research foundations within Australia and America. I have published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and have been invited regularly to speak internationally on these topics. I am a lifetime Research Scholar for the American Cancer Society and Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Research Interests
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • SPA 6569 : Management of Upper Airway and Aerodigestive Disorders

    An advanced practical instructive course in swallowing and swallowing related disorders. It covers the presentation, diagnosis, management and potential complications of common upper airway and aerodigestive disorders in adults and children along with advanced measurement and treatment techniques, and instrumentation.