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Indiana University Bloomington

Rita Patel

Rita PatelAssistant Professor (Speech Sciences)

Phone: 812 855 3886


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

Research Interests

Dr. Patel’s broad areas of research 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 are 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.

Recent Publications

Patel, R. Walker, R., Sivasankar, M.P. Spatiotemporal quantification of vocal fold vibration after exposure to superficial laryngeal dehydration: A preliminary study, in press, Journal of Voice

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

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.

Patel, R., Dubrovskiy, D., Döllinger, M (2014) Characterizing vibratory dynamics in children with high speed digital imaging, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 57, S674-S686.

Patel, R., Dubrovskiy, D. Döllinger, D. (2014) Measurement of glottal cycle characteristics between children and adults: Physiological Variations, Journal of Voice, 28 (4), 476-486. Patel, R., Donohue, D., Lau, D., Unnikrishnan, H (2013). In vivo measurement of pediatric vocal fold motion using structured light laser projection, Journal of Voice, 27 (4), 463-472.

Döllinger, M., Dubrovskiy, D., Patel, R. (2012). Spatiotemporal analysis of vocal fold vibrations between children and adults with high speed imaging, The Laryngoscope, 122 (11), 2511-8.

Patel, R., Pickering, J., Stemple, J., Donohue, K. (2012). A case report in changes in phonatory physiology following voice therapy: application of high speed imaging, Journal of Voice, 26 (6), 734-741.

Patel, R., Dixon, A., Richmond, A., Donohue, K. (2012). Pediatric high speed digital imaging of vocal fold vibration: A pilot normative study of glottal closure and phase closure, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 76, 954-959.

Patel, R., Donohue, K., Johnson, W, Archer, S. (2011). Laser projection imaging for measurement of pediatric voice, The Laryngoscope, 121 (11), 2411- 2417

Patel, R., Liu, L., Galatsanos, N., Bless, D. (2011). Differential Vibratory characteristics of spasmodic dysphonia and muscle tension dysphonia on high speed digital imaging, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 120, 21-32.