Rita Patel

Rita Patel

Associate Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

M.A. Program Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison, 2006
  • M.Sc., University of Mumbai, India, 1997
  • B.Sc., University of Mumbai, India, 1995

Research interests

  • Vocal physiology and voice production in normal and disordered voice across the lifespan
  • Pediatric vocal development and identification of physiological factors of laryngeal function that underlie severely disturbed voice qualities
  • Development of biomechanical modeling and assessment tools to identify children at risk of developing voice disorders by establishing physiological biomarkers of the unique vibratory features observed with high speed digital imaging
  • Pathophysiology of hoarseness resulting from severe voice disturbances such as spasmodic dysphonia

About Rita Patel

Dr. Patel's broad areas of research and teaching interests include vocal physiology and voice production in normal and disordered voice across the lifespan. More specifically, Dr. Patel is interested in pediatric vocal development and identification of physiological factors of laryngeal function that underlie severely disturbed voice qualities. Within the framework of pediatric vocal development, Dr. Patel aims to lay the foundation for development of biomechanical modeling and assessment tools to identify children at risk of developing voice disorders by establishing physiological biomarkers of the unique vibratory features observed with high speed digital imaging.

The other research area that interests Dr. Patel relates to the pathophysiology of hoarseness resulting from severe voice disturbances, spasmodic dysphonia, for example. Here the goal is to investigate vibratory kinematics and disturbances of muscle activity, to understand the clinical pathophysiology of spasmodic dysphonia. The outcome from the above research areas directly relates to clinical assessment for children with voice disorders and adults with spasmodic dysphonia. Current funding for this research is supported by the National Institute of Health (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders), American Speech-Language and Hearing Foundation, and the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association. Dr. Patel served as a chair of the American Speech Language Hearing Association's Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders from 2015-2017. Currently, Dr. Patel serves as a member of the Voice Foundation's Advisory Board and as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Voice. She also serves as an editor for the topic of voice for the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology.

Selected publications

Patel, R., Awan, S., Barkmeier-Kraemer, J., Courey M., Deliyski D., Eadie T., Paul, D. Švec, J., Hillman, R. (2018) Recommended protocols for instrumental assessment of voice: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Expert Panel to Develop a Protocol for Instrumental Assessment of Vocal Function, American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 1-19.

Semmler, M., Döllinger, M., Patel, R., Ziethe, A., Schutzenberger, A. (2018). Clinic relevance of endoscopic 3D imaging for quantitative assessment of phonation, The Laryngoscope. PMID: 29536548.

Stachler, R., Francis, D., Schwartz, S., Damask, C., Digoy, G., Krouse, H., McCoy, S., Ouellette, D., Patel, R., Reavis, C., Smith, L., Smith, M., Strode, S., Woo, P., Nnacheta, L. (2018). Clinical Practice Guideline (Update): Hoarseness (Dysphonia), Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 158 (1S), S1-S42. PMID: 29494321.

Döllinger, M., Gomez P., Patel, R., Alexiou C., Bohr C., Schuetzenberger, A. (2017). Biomechanical simulation of vocal fold dynamics in adults based on laryngeal high-speed videoendoscopy, resubmitted after first revision, under review at PLOS One, Published online 11/09/2017, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187486 . PMID: 29121085.

Patel, R., Walker, R., Döllinger, M. (2017). Oscillatory onset and offset in young vocally healthy adults across various measurement methods, 31 (4), e17-512.e24. PMID 28169095.

Poburka, B., Patel, R., Bless, D. (2017). Voice-Vibratory Assessment with Laryngeal Imaging Form: Reliability of rating stroboscopy and high-speed videoendoscopy, 31 (4), e1-513.e14. PMID 28040342**** Best Science Paper Award 2017.

Patel, R., Forrest, K., Hedges, D. (2017). Relationship between acoustic voice onset and offset and selected instances of oscillatory onset and offset in young healthy males and females, Journal of Voice, 31 (3), e9-389.e17. PMID 27769696.

Patel, R. (2016). Vibratory onset and offset times in children: A laryngeal imaging study, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 87, 11-17. PMID 27368436.

Patel, R., Unnikrishnan, H., Donohue, D. (2016). Effects of vocal fold nodules on glottal cycle measurements derived from high-speed videoendoscopy in children, PLOS One, published 4/28/2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154586. PMID: 27124157.

Semmler, M., Kniesburges, S., Birk, V., Ziethe, A., Patel, R., Döllinger, M. (2016). 3D reconstruction of human laryngeal dynamics based on endoscopic high-speed recordings, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 35(7), 1615-1624. PMID 26829782.

Patel, R. Walker, R., Sivasankar, M.P. (2016). Spatiotemporal quantification of vocal fold vibration after exposure to superficial laryngeal dehydration: A preliminary study, Journal of Voice, 30(4), 427-433. PMID 26277075.

Patel, R., Venediktov, R., Schooling, T., Wang, B (2015). Evidence-based systematic review: effects of speech-language pathology treatment for individuals with paradoxical vocal fold movement, American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 24(3), 566-584. PMID 25836980.

Patel, R., Donohue, D., Unnikrishnan, H., Kryscio, R (2015). Kinematic measurements of the vocal-fold displacement waveform in typical children and adult populations: Quantification of high-speed endoscopic videos, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 58, 227-240. PMID 25652615.

Hütter, B., Luegmair, G., Patel, R., Zeithe, A., Eysholdt, E., Lohscheller, J., Sebova, I., Döllinger, M. (2015). Development of a time-dependent numerical model for the assessment of non-stationary pharyngoesophageal tissue vibrations after laryngectomy, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 14, 169-184. PMID 24861998.