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Indiana University Bloomington

Rita Patel

Rita PatelAssociate 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., 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, . 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, 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