Team

Director

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Rosemary A. Lester-Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is the Director of the UT Voice Lab and an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. She received a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico, M.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University, M.S. in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona. She completed postdoctoral training at Mayo Clinic, Boston University, Northwestern University, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). She is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked in a variety of clinical settings, primarily evaluating and treating adults with voice and swallowing disorders.

Graduate Student

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Kylie Dunne is a graduate student majoring in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Kylie’s research and clinical interests include voice and dysphagia rehabilitation within the context of the full treatment plan for patients with acquired or congenital communication disorders.

Undergraduate Students

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Elaina Derrick is an undergraduate student majoring in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. Her clinical and research areas of interest include acquired and congenital neurogenic communication disorders such as aphasia, dysphagia, and voice disorders. After completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

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Melanie Looper is an undergraduate student majoring in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include voice and swallowing disorders. She has volunteered in clinics that treat post-stroke and post-TBI survivors. She is from Cleburne, TX. In her free time, she enjoys exploring different Austin coffee shops, reading, and spending time with her niece.

Staff

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Kate Nolan is the consulting Infection Preventionist for the UT Voice Lab and the Clinical Quality Manager for Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Kate advises on lab procedures and provides training to lab members on current best practices for endoscope reprocessing. Kate is a Central Texas native and first studied Epidemiology as an undergraduate student. She received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and her Certification in Infection Control (CIC) from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC).

Collaborators

Charles R. Larson, Ph.D.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Michael J. Mahometa, Ph.D.

Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Brad H. Story, Ph.D.

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona

Mariana Georgeta Varga, M.D.

Department of Neurology, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin