Catherine L. Turk, PhD, CCC-SLP


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-3280
Fax: 832-825-9332

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street
Mark Wallace Tower - 5th Floor
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Texas Children's Hospital


School Education Degree Year
Bowling Green State University PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Disorders 1987
Bowling Green State University masters Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology 1984
Bowling Green State University bachelors Bachelor of Science Speech and Hearing 1983


Catherine Turk, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Texas Children’s Hospital Medical Center with over 25 years of clinical experience. Her primary focus is on pediatric feeding and swallowing with expertise in treating medically-complex patients. Dr. Turk performs videofluorocopic swallow studies and clinical swallow-feeding evaluations on pediatric patients with dysphagia. In addition, she provides swallowing-feeding therapy to children of all ages (infants- young adults) with a variety of medical diagnoses. She is a member of the Aerodigestive Team that offers multidisciplinary and comprehensive management to children with complex airway and digestive tract disorders.

Dr. Turk is committed to mentoring newly hired speech-language pathologists across the Texas Children’s Hospital system in pediatric dysphagia with emphasis on achieving competency on videofluoroscopic swallow studies. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Houston Department of Communications Disorders where she lectures to graduate students on pediatric dysphagia.  

Clinical Interests:

Feeding and swallowing disorders with medically-complex patients including patients undergoing surgical procedures of the airway

Research Interests:

Patterns of dysphagia in infants and children with genetic syndromes

Outcome studies regarding swallowing function following laryngeal surgeries including laryngeal cleft repair and laryngotracheal reconstruction  


Organization Name Role
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Member
ASHA Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Member

Selected Publications

Rappazzo, C and Turk, C. (2018), Videofluoroscopic Evaluation of Swallowing: Introduction, Challenges & Controversies, In: J. Ongkasuwan and E.Chiou (Ed.), Pediatric Dysphagia (1st ed. pp. ) New York, NY: Springer.

Rappazzo, C and Turk, C. (2018), Clinical Swallow Evaluation: An Introduction for the Healthcare Provider, In: J. Ongkasuwan and E.Chiou (Ed.), Pediatric Dysphagia (1st ed. pp. ) New York, NY: Springer.

Ongkasuwan J, Turk CL, Rappazzo CA, Lavergne KA, Smith EO, Friedman EM. The Effect of a Speaking Valve on Laryngeal Aspiration and Penetration in Children With Tracheotomies. Laryngoscope 2014 Jun: 124 (6): 1469-74. Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Solar-Alofonso C, Motil, K, Turk C, Robbins-Furman P, Friedman E, Zhang F, Lupski J, Fraley J, Potocki L. Potocki Lubski Syndrome: A Microduplication Syndrome Associated with Oropharyngeal Dysphagia and Failure to Thrive. The Journal of Pediatrics 2011 Apr: 158 (4) 655-659.