Giselle D. Carnaby, MPH, PhD

Where You Are:
Giselle D. Carnaby, MPH, PhD
Education And Training
  • PhD, Curtin University of Technology, 1999 - Speech Pathology
  • MPH, Curtin University of Technology, 1996 - Public Health
  • PGrad Dip (HSc), Curtin University of Technology, 1993 - Public Health
  • BSc, Curtin University of Technology, 1986 - Speech Pathology

Our program of research has documented gains in function from early/ preemptive cancer rehabilitation.  Moreover, the application of early intervention, education and active rehabilitation before and during cancer treatment are now demonstrating specific beneficial effects from other rehabilitative areas. Unfortunately research suggests that there is major discrepancy between the incidence of disabling impairments following cancer and the provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services to address these problems. While multidisciplinary approaches to the development of primary cancer treatment plans are a standard of care, formalized approaches to rehabilitation, especially pre-emptive early intervention, for these same patients is unique. For a new model of preemptive rehabilitation to be effective, active recognition of impairments as remediable, knowledge of rehabilitation options, early intervention strategies and referral mechanisms becomes paramount. Few, if any, oncology systems manage to accomplish this.  My ongoing interest is in the development of this model, a formalized, coordinated and integrated preemptive cancer rehabilitation model established and integrated into cancer centers.


  • Madhavan A, Carnaby GD, Crary MA. 'Food Sticking in My Throat': Videofluoroscopic Evaluation of a Common Symptom. Dysphagia. 2015 Mar. Pubmedid: 25783698.
  • Lenius K, Stierwalt J, LaPointe LL, Bourgeois M, Carnaby G, Crary M. Effects of Lingual Effort on Swallow Pressures Following Radiation Treatment. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2015 Mar. Pubmedid: 25812179.
  • Berretin-Felix G, Sia I, Barikroo A, Carnaby GD, Crary MA. Immediate effects of transcutaneous electrical stimulation on physiological swallowing effort in older versus young adults. Gerodontology. 2014 Nov. Pubmedid: 25393704.
  • Nightingale CL, LaGorio L, Carnaby G. A prospective pilot study of psychosocial functioning in head and neck cancer patient-caregiver dyads. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2014 Sep;32(5):477-492. Pubmedid: 24988320.
  • Crary MA, Carnaby GD, Sia I. Spontaneous swallow frequency compared with clinical screening in the identification of Dysphagia in acute stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 Sep;23(8):2047-2053. Pubmedid: 25088166.
  • Crary MA, Carnaby GD. Adoption into clinical practice of two therapies to manage swallowing disorders: exercise-based swallowing rehabilitation and electrical stimulation. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jun;22(3):172-180. Pubmedid: 24675153. Pmcid: PMC4104745.
  • Carnaby GD, Crary MA. Development and validation of a cancer-specific swallowing assessment tool: MASA-C. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Mar;22(3):595-602. Pubmedid: 24141700.
  • Carnaby GD, Harenberg L. What is "Usual Care" in Dysphagia Rehabilitation: A Survey of USA Dysphagia Practice Patterns. Dysphagia. 2013 Dec;28(4):567-574. Pubmedid: 23670700.
  • Carnaby G. An evaluation of a systematic review for Dysphagia in head/neck cancer. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2013 Dec;13(4):145-147. Pubmedid: 24237734.
  • Crary MA, Carnaby GD, Sia I, Khanna A, Waters MF. Spontaneous swallowing frequency has potential to identify dysphagia in acute stroke. Stroke. 2013 Dec;44(12):3452-3457. Pubmedid: 24149008. Pmcid: PMC3902546.
  • Nightingale CL, Rodriguez C, Carnaby G. The impact of music interventions on anxiety for adult cancer patients: a meta-analysis and systematic review. Integr Cancer Ther. 2013 Apr;12(5):393-403. Pubmedid: 23625027.
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