IDDSI Board

The IDDSI Board is a team of volunteers, consisting of dietitians, speech pathologists, food scientists, physicians, occupational therapists, engineers, nurses, and professionals who have come together to help create the IDDSI framework. Learn more about the IDDSI Board and its co-chairs.

International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative Co-Chairs

Peter Lam (RD, CFE) and Julie Cichero (SLP)

Peter.Lam Peter Lam (Dietitian, Canada)
Peter Lam is a Registered Dietitian and Credentialed Food Service Executive in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Peter was the project lead for the Canadian Dysphagia Diet Terminology Standardization Terminology Project.
Dr.Julie.Cichero Dr. Julie Cichero (SLP, Australia)
Julie Cichero is a speech pathologist and specialist in dysphagia research. Julie led the development of the Australian standardised terminology and definitions for texture modified foods and fluids.

Board Members

Dr.Jianshe.Chen Dr. Jianshe Chen (Food Scientist, China)
Jianshe Chen is a food scientist specialised in food texture and rheology. He is a pioneer on the integrated approaches to eating and sensory perception studies and is a leading organiser of an international conference on “Food Oral Processing: Physics, Physiology, and Psychology of Eating.
Professor.Roberto.Dantas Associate Professor Roberto Dantas (Physician, Brazil)
Roberto Dantas is an Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine at the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is involved in oropharyngeal dysphagia research and trains medical and SLP students.
Janice.Duivestein Janice Duivestein (Occupational Therapist, Canada)
Janice Duivestein is a combined trained therapist (Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist) who has worked for over 25 years with both paediatric and adult population in the area of dysphagia. She is an educator and believes strongly in collaborating with colleagues to improve the safety and quality of life for children and adults with dysphagia.
Dr.Ben.Hanson Dr. Ben Hanson (Engineer, United Kingdom)
Dr. Ben Hanson is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at University College London. He has designed miniature devices to measure rheology (flow properties) of fluids in clinical environments to study interactions with physiology in dysphagia.
Dr.Jun.Kayashita Dr. Jun Kayashita (Dietitian, Japan)
Dr. Jun Kayashita is a professor at the Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan. Jun is a councillor of the Japanese Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation. Jun was extensively involved with the development of the revised Japanese Dysphagia Diet Standards.
Caroline.Lecko Caroline Lecko (Nurse, United Kingdom)
Caroline Lecko is a registered Nurse with background in Neurosciences and is a patient safety lead in the UK. Caroline led the development of the UK Dysphagia Diet Food Descriptors involving the British Dietetic Association, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, National Association of Care Catering, National Nurses Nutrition Group and Hospital Caterers Association.
img_Luis Dr. Luis Riquelme (SLP, United States & territories)
Dr. Riquelme is an Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. and the Director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He teaches, conducts research and runs an active clinical program. His clinical and research interests focus on pill swallowing, changes in swallow physiology secondary to aging or specific neurological etiologies and on the impact of diet recommendations on pulmonary status and overall quality of life.
Professor.Mershen.Pillay Professor Mershen Pillay (SLP, South Africa)
Professor Mershen Pillay is an Associate Professor in speech therapy at Kwazulu- Natal University in Durban, South Africa. Mershen is focused on work in nutrition and disability within population based interventions.
Sonke.Stanschus Sönke Stanschus (SLT, Germany)
Sönke Stanschus is a speech pathologist and specialist in dysphagia service development in clinical care of patients with swallowing disorders. He has an interest in matching results of instrumental exams with diet recommendations.
img_Catriona Professor Catriona Steele (SLP, Canada)
Professor Catriona Steele is Senior Scientist and Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, and professor in the department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on swallowing physiology and rehabilitation, with a particular focus on the impact of texture modification on swallowing function.

Marketing & Communications Consultant

KevinLy_IDDSI Kevin Ly
Kevin Ly is a marketing and communications consultant with a background in international relations for a number of not-for-profit and public organisations. Kevin oversees the communications, marketing and website for IDDSI, and also provides executive support to IDDSI.

Foundation Committee

We would like to formally acknowledge our Foundation Committee members who were integral to the commencement of this initiative.

Past committee members

We would also like to formally acknowledge our past Board members. While they are no longer involved with the committee, we wish to recognize their past contributions.

Dr. Joseph Murray (SLP, USA)
Dr. Joseph Murray is the chief of audiology and speech pathology services at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI in the United States. Joe is an American Speech and Hearing Association Fellow and is a board-recognized specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.