Stuart Cleary, PhD, R.SLP,

Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Associate Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Pronouns: "he, him, his"


Associate Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Associate Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders



PhD Rehabilitation Medicine - University of Alberta - 2010

MS Speech Pathology - Idaho State University - 1993

BA Speech-Language Pathology - Western Washington University - 1990

Current Position

Stuart Cleary, Ph.D.,R-SLP

Associate Teaching Professor

Associate Chair

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Service and Awards

Stuart is a member of the Executive Committee, the Academic Teaching Staff Evaluation Committee, the Teaching & Learning Committee and the Health and Safety Committee in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. He serves on the Admissions & Awards Committee in the Department of Communication Science & Disorders (CSD) and was a member of the following professional committees: Alberta Health Services Outcomes Measures working group for Standardized Eating, Feeding and Swallowing Services and the Advanced Practice In Ionizing Radiation working group for the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA). His significant service and contributions to the profession of speech-language pathology were recognized by ACSLPA with the Honours of the College Award in 2018. He won the Rehabilitation Medicine Students' Association Teaching Award for CSD in 2019 and the FRM Innovative Teaching Award for CSD in 2012 and 2020.


Stuart's primary clinical and research interests relate to swallowing function in degenerative diseases affecting older adults. He has more that 30 peer reviewed publications and 50 presentations/workshops on the topic of swallowing disorders.


Overview of Teaching :

  • Course facilitator: REHAB 502 Indigenous Health - Interprofessional Practice.
  • Co-developer & facilitator: REHAB 503 Caring for the Head & Neck Oncology Patient – An Interprofessional Team Approach.
  • In the Fall term he taught CSD 521- Swallowing Disorders, CSD 502- Anatomy and Physiology, a section of CSD 530- Intro to Clinical Practice and was the lead for REHAB 501/INT D 403/503/PHARM 210-Introduction to Professional Practice .
  • Sole developer and instructor: REHAB 503 Palliative Care- An interprofessional elective
  • Clinical educator: CSD524 Corbett Clinic for the 2022 Spring/Summer session.
  • Academic supervisor: CSD 900 capstone project with four MScSLP graduate students- Understanding the role SLP’s in Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS): The development of a case based learning module


REHAB 503 - Interprofessional Practice Elective

Application of interprofessional competencies within a specific health care context. Note: Course title is variable; course may be repeated for credit.

Browse more courses taught by Stuart Cleary


Lung volume recruitment improves volitional airway clearance in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Author(s): Stuart Cleary , John E. Misiaszek , Sonya Wheeler, Sanjay Kalra , Shelagh K. Genuis , Wendy S. Johnston
Publication Date: 9/10/2021
Publication: Muscle and Nerve
Volume: 64
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 676-682
DOI: 10.1002/mus.27417

Dementia: Person-centered assessment and intervention. Ellen M. Hickey, & Michelle Bourgeois (Eds.). Chapter 8

Author(s): Ellen M. Hickey, Stuart Cleary, Pamela Coulter, & Michelle Bourgeois
Publication Date: 2017
Page Numbers: Chapter 8 “Eating and Swallowing: Description, assessment, and intervention,”

The effects of lung volume recruitment on coughing and pulmonary function in patients with ALS.

Author(s): Cleary S, Misiaszek JE, Kalra S, Wheeler S, Johnston W
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Publication: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 111-5
DOI: 10.3109/17482968.2012.720262
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Free Water Protocols: What works, for whom and why?

Author(s): Stuart Cleary, Jill Yanke, Bhavna Masuta & Kristy Wilson
Publication: Canadian Nursing Home
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 8-16

Secretion management in older adults with acute and chronic health conditions

Author(s): Stuart Cleary
Publication: Canadian Nursing Home
Volume: 26
Issue: 3