Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

About Our Speech Pathology Team


Dr. Stephanie Watts

Dr. Watts is an Assistant Professor and clinical Speech Pathologist at the University of South Florida. She earned an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at Florida State University then her masters and doctoral degrees in Speech Pathology at USF. 

Stephanie is a clinician, researcher, and educator specializing in the area of swallowing assessment and treatment. Clinical specialties include evaluation and management of complex swallowing and voice disorders. Her research interests include cough neurophysiology, clinical evaluation of airway protective behaviors, esophageal physiology, and maximizing patient health outcomes through multidisciplinary care.

Her research has garnered her several publications and awards. She is active in her professional societies while maintaining teaching efforts within the USF system and across several Universities in Florida.

Joy Gaziano

Joy Gaziano is a Speech Pathologist and specialist in evaluation and treatment of oropharyngeal swallowing disorders. She received her undergraduate training at the University of Florida in 1986 and a master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the George Washington University in 1988. Joy has worked in Tampa for 25 years- at the Moffitt Cancer Center and then on faculty at USF College of Medicine in the Center for Swallowing Disorders. 

Joy is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) from ASHA. She has taught the Graduate Dysphagia course at USF. Her special interests are in the areas of evaluation and treatment of complex multiphase swallowing disorders, voice problems related to upper aerodigestive tract disorders, and head and neck cancer voice and swallowing restoration. She has participated in multi-institutional research assessing efficacy of swallowing intervention strategies and is active in the Center for Swallowing Disorders research initiatives. 

Joy has authored several publications including journal articles and chapters in books. She participates in training programs for graduate students in speech pathology and continuing education offerings for practicing clinicians.