Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

About Our Speech Pathology Team


Dr. Stephanie Watts

Stephanie 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 and masters degree in Speech Pathology at USF. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is also a full time Speech Pathologist at the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders.

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

Her research has garnered her several awards including first place in health sciences at the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium and the Springer Travel Award Scholarship from Dysphagia Research Society.

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.