Dr. Stacey Skoretz

PhD, CCC-SLP, SLP(C), R.SLP

Assistant Professor, School of Audiology & Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Dr. Skoretz is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist, an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Director at the Swallowing Innovations Laboratory (Si-Lab) at UBC. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alberta, and Investigator with the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital. Her research affiliations include Providence Health and Fraser Health. Utilizing a clinical-research framework, Dr. Skoretz aims to improve health outcomes for people with dysphagia through evidence-based assessment and management.

At Si-Lab, Dr. Skoretz has an active and diverse research program spanning multiple centres across two Canadian provinces. It is best described in three streams:
Discovery

Primary research in critical illness, namely, investigating the cross-systems interactions during swallowing following artificial airway use and/or non-invasive ventilation.

Knowledge Translation

Systematic evidence synthesis to guide clinical practice in the area of swallowing and its disorders as well as the creation of cross-species conceptual frameworks for feeding and swallowing rehabilitation.

Education

The development and evaluation of novel pedagogy and educational tools for skill and competency acquisition in swallowing.

Her research is funded by provincial and national grants and Dr. Skoretz has received numerous research awards for her work. In addition to conducting research in both British Columbia and Alberta, she teaches graduate-level courses in the areas of swallowing and motor speech at UBC-Vancouver and works clinically at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

Publication Spotlight

Swallowing Behaviours and Feeding Environment in Relation to Communication Development from Early Infancy to 6 years of Age: A Scoping Review Protocol.

A Canada-wide, multi-institutional collaboration designed this protocol in order to synthesize the literature linking paediatric feeding, swallowing, and communication.

Heather Flowers, Daniel Bérubé, Mona Ebrahimipour, Marie-France Perrier, Sarah Moloci, & Stacey Skoretz
BMJ Open 2019, 9(8), e028850, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028850

The Feasibility of Assessing Swallowing Physiology Following Cardiovascular Surgery

The first swallowing physiology research to use standardized interpretation methods following prolonged mechanical ventilation after cardiovascular surgery.

Stacey A. Skoretz, Terrence M. Yau, John T. Granton, & Rosemary Martino
Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2017 Nov 21;3:62. doi: 10.1186/s40814-017-0199-7. eCollection 2017.

The Incidence of Dysphagia Following Endotracheal Intubation
The first systematic knowledge synthesis publication focused on swallowing following endotracheal intubation.

Stacey A. Skoretz, Heather L. Flowers, & Rosemary Martino Chest. 2010 Mar;137(3):665-73. doi: 10.1378/chest.09-1823.

Dysphagia and Associated Risk Factors Following Extubation in Cardiovascular Surgical Patients

For the first time, dysphagia risk is stratified according to intubation duration and a risk profile is discussed.

Stacey A. Skoretz, Terrence M. Yau, Joan Ivanov, John T. Granton, & Rosemary Martino
Dysphagia. 2014 Dec;29(6):647-54. doi: 10.1007/s00455-014-9555-4. Epub 2014 Aug 15.