Steven J. Maristela, M.S., CF-SLP, CSP-PASP

SAMSteven is a Filipino speech and language pathologist interested in dysphagia research focusing on laryngeal biomechanics and swallowing neuroplasticity. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute (Cavite, Philippines). Soon after graduating, he served as a part-time lecturer. He provided clinical instruction and co-instructed classes like language processing and cognitive science and augmentative/alternative communication. He received his certified speech pathologist (CSP) credential from the Philippine Association of Speech-Language Pathologists (PASP) in December 2020 and has been a regular member since. In June 2023, He obtained his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Loma Linda University in California, where he continued to develop his fascination for exercise physiology-based swallowing rehabilitation.

Having driven 3,000+ miles from CA to FL, Steven formally joined the ARC lab team in August 2023 as a research clinical fellow. While he’s had prior experience in health services and health equity research, he is thrilled to grow his skills in swallowing research and dysphagia rehabilitation through his current position at the lab.

Steven participates in CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting during his downtime, to which he attributes his deep interest in fitness and exercise physiology to. He also likes to sing and spend quality time with his 2-year-old Great Dane, Astrid, when he is not engrossed in dysphagia literature in his spare time.