Panayiota Senekkis-Florent, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her master’s degree from Southern University in Speech-Language Pathology, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Panayiota received her Ph.D in Clinical Speech and Language Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Senekkis-Florent is a certified speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She has a passion for working with infants and children with Pediatric Feeding Disorders (PFD) whereby she has served this population in acute and sub-acute settings for 25 years. Her interest in this population propelled her to pursue a research doctorate examining the prevalence, etiology, and impact of PFDs in preterm infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Other research interests include cultural competence and health care disparities.


  • Ph.D., Trinity college Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland
  • M.Ed., Southern University, Baton Rouge Louisiana
  • B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


  • Pediatric Dysphagia
  • Early Identification
  • Early Intervention


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Senekki-Florent, P., & Walshe, M.  (2021). Prevalence, Impact, and Extent of Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties in Preterm Infants admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Cyprus. Advances in Communication and Swallowing, 24:45-53. doi:10.3233/ACS-210025.

Santiago, P., Gorenberg, B., Hurtubise, C., Senekki-Florent, P., & Kudchadkar, S. Speech-Language Pathologist Involvement in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Results from the US PARK-PICU Study. (Under Review)

Ryan, M. A, Upchurch, P. A, Senekki-Florent, P. (2020) Neonatal Vocal Fold Paralysis. Neoreviews, 21(5):e308‐e322. doi:10.1542/neo.21-5-e308

Senekki-Florent, P., Karaoli, C., & Walshe, M. (2015). Frequency, Nature, and Extent of Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties in Preterm Infants in Cyprus: A Large Scale Epidemiological Study. Dysphagia, 30:223. https://doi:10.1007/s00455-015-9608-3

  • Member of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), SIG13
  • Associate Member of Dysphagia Research Society (DRS)
BCS-S - Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing DIsorders (AB-SSD)

CCC-SLP - Certificate of Alincial Competence, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)