Jennifer Spielman, Speech Pathologist /Research Associate

Jennifer Spielman holds master's degrees in both music (New England Conservatory of Music, 1989) and speech, language and hearing sciences (University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000). Jennifer has been with the National Center for Voice and Speech since 1997, when she joined the staff as a part-time research assistant for Dr. Lorraine Ramig. Since then, she has become a full-time research clinician, contributing to a variety of articles, presentations and posters addressing the effects of intensive voice therapy (LSVT®) on Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological disorders. In 2000 Jennifer also became the center's first clinical fellow in speech-language pathology, focusing on clients with neurologically based voice disorders as well as those related to professional voice use. She is a certified LSVT® clinician.

Following a six-year period of studying, teaching and singing in Europe, Jennifer continues to be active as a vocalist, performing with small ensembles focusing on early repertoire. Her music education includes three years at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, a branch of the Basel Conservatory specializing in medieval, Renaissance and baroque music.

Sapir S, Spielman J, Ramig LO, Hinds SL, Countryman S, Fox C, Story B. | Effects of intensive voice treatment (the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment [LSVT]) on ataxic dysarthria: a case study. | Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2003 Nov;12(4):387-99. PMID: 14658991 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Spielman JL, Borod JC, Ramig LO. | The effects of intensive voice treatment on facial expressiveness in Parkinson disease: preliminary data. | Cogn Behav Neurol. 2003 Sep;16(3):177-88. PMID: 14501539 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Spielman J, Ramig LO, Mahler L, Halpern A, Gavin WJ. | Effects of an extended version of the lee silverman voice treatment on voice and speech in Parkinson's disease. | Am J Speech Lang Pathol . 2007 May;16(2):95-107. PMID: 17456888 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Viscovich N, Borod J, Pihan H, Peery S, Brickman AM, Tabert M, Schmidt M, Spielman J. | Acoustical analysis of posed prosodic expressions: effects of emotion and sex. | Percept Mot Skills. 2003 Jun;96(3 Pt 1):759-71. PMID: 12831250 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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