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Christina Rappazzo, MA, CCC-SLP/BCS-S

Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Texas Children's Hospital


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas at Austin masters Master of Arts, Communication Sciences and Disorders 1999
University of Texas at Austin bachelors Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders 1997



Christina has been privileged to service children and families at Texas Children's Hospital for over 15 years. Her philosophy of care centers around providing evidence-based speech pathology services with emphasis on incorporating the patient-family as active team members. Christina's clinical experience has ranged from treating children with various communication disorders to ultimately finding a primary focus in pediatric feeding-swallowing. She has obtained extensive training in caring for children with medically-complex backgrounds including tracheostomy/ventilator-dependent patients, and in completing videofluoroscopic and fiberoptic swallowing exams. Christina is a member of the Aerodigestive Team, Tracheostomy Team, Head and Neck Tumor Program, and collaborated with otolaryngology to form the Swallowing Disorders Clinic. She has serviced children in a variety of medical settings including outpatient, intensive care units, and the neonatal intensive care unit. Christina is board certified in swallowing disorders by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and provides services in English and Spanish. 

Clinical Interests:

Christina's area of specialized interest includes meeting the swallowing and communication needs of children with airway disorders, tracheostomy, and those undergoing complex airway reconstruction. She is a lead educator in the use of speaking-valves in patients with tracheostomy.

Research Interests:

Christina's research interests include investigating the pathophysiology of swallowing disorders from infancy through adolescence.


Organization Name Role
Aerodigestive Society Member
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Member
Dysphagia Research Society Associate Member
Society for Ear Nose Throat Advancement in Children Board Member


Selected Publications

Rappazzo, C and C Turk (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 C Turk (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 2013 Oct 4. Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.  

Peña E, Bedore LM, Rappazzo C. Comparison of English, Spanish, and Bilingual Children’s Performance Across Semantic Tasks. Lang Speech, Hear Serv Sch. 2003;34(January):5-16.

APA: Narawane, A., Eng, J., Rappazzo, C., Sfeir, J., King, K., Musso, M. F., & Ongkasuwan, J. (2020). Airway protection & patterns of dysphagia in infants with down syndrome: Videofluoroscopic swallow study findings & correlations. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 132, 109908.

MLA: Narawane, Amit, et al. "Airway protection & patterns of dysphagia in infants with down syndrome: Videofluoroscopic swallow study findings & correlations." International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 132 (2020): 109908.

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