Katherine Verdolini Abbott

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Katherine Verdolini Abbott


Office Location:
632 Tower at STAR


  • M.S. Indiana University, 1983
  • Ph.D. Washington University, 1991
  • M.Div. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 2014

Research Interests

  • Voice
  • Voice Disorders


Honors, Awards, Major Professional Office Held

  • Honors: ASHA Fellow 2000; ASHA Honors 2009
  • Awards (selected among many): NSSHLA Teacher of the Year Award, University of Iowa, 1991; Senior Author, Best Basic Science Paper of the Year, Journal of Voice, 2007; First Author Best Voice Pedagogy Paper of the Year, Journal of Voice, 2013; Senior Author, Best Speech-Language Pathology Paper of the Year, Journal of Voice, 2015.Milestone Award from the Mental Illness Research Association (1997)
  • Major Professional Offices Held: Former Associate Editor and Editor, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; Former Associate Editor, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; Standing and Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
  1. Ziegler, A., VanSwearingen, J., Jakicic, J.M., & Verdolini Abbott (2019). Phonation demonstrates goal dependence under unique vocal intensity and aerobic workload conditions. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, July10:1-17. doi:10.1044/2019_JSLHR—S-18-0126. [Epub ahead of print] 
  2. Shembel, A.C, Hartnick, C., Bunting, G., Ballif, C., Shaiman, S., De Guzman, V., & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2018). Perceptual clinical features in exercise-induced paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder: Towards improved diagnostic approaches. Journal of Voice, Sept. 5, pii: S0892-1997(18)30099-7. Doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.05.006. [Epub ahead of print. PMID: 30195411. 
  3. Shembel, A.C., Hartnick, C.J., Bunting, G., Ballif, C., Vanswearingen, J., Shaiman, S., Johnson, A., de Guzman, V., Abbott, K.V. (2018). The study of laryngoscopic and autonomic patterns in exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, Nov: 127(11), 30187760. 
  4. Braden, M. & Verdolini Abbott K. (2018). Advances in pediatric voice therapy. Perspectives, SIG3, 3(3), 68-76. 
  5. Meigh, K. M., Shaiman, S., Tompkins, C. A., Verdolini Abbott, K., & Nokes-Malach, T. (2018). What memory representation is acquired during nonword speech production learning? The influence of stimulus features and training modality on nonword encoding. Cogent Psychology, 5(1). Article ID 1493714. 754-762. doi: 10.1177/0003489418796524. Epub 2018 Sep. 6. 
  6.  Helou, L.B., Rosen, C.A., Wang, W., & Verdolini Abbott (2018). Intrinsic laryngeal muscle response to a public speech preparation stressor. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, Jul 13 61 (7), 1525-1543. Doi; 10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0153. 
  7. Paramby, T., Abbott, K.V., Turner, G., Kimble, C., & Dejonge, R. (2018). Comparing fundamental frequency within and across speakers of Hindi and English. J Indian Speech Language Hearing Association, 32, 56-61. 
  8. Nanjundeswaran, C., VanSwearingen, J., & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2017). Metabolic mechanisms of vocal fatigue. Journal of Voice, 31(3), 378.e1-378.e11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.09.014. 
  9. Shembel A.C., Sandage M.J., & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2017). Episodic laryngeal breathing disorders: Literature review and proposal of preliminary theoretical framework. Journal of Voice, 31(1). DOI:10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.11.027 
  10. Yiu, E. E. M., Chan, K. M. K., Li, N. Y. K., Tsang, R., Verdolini Abbott, K., Kwong, E., Ma, E. P. M., Tse, F. W., & Lin, Z. X. (2016). Wound healing effect of acupuncture for treating phonotraumatic vocal pathologies: Cytokine study. Laryngoscope, 126(1), E18-22. DOI: 10.1002/lary.25483 
  11. Shembel A.C., Kolouri S., Xu, H., & Verdolini Abbott K. (2016). Quantification of respiratory laryngeal morphometry: Comparison of laryngeal lumen angle estimate methods. Journal of Voice, 30(6), 764.e23-764.e37. DOI:10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.10.011. 
  12. Yiu, E. E. M., Chan, K. M. K., Kwong, E., Li, N. Y. K., Ma, E. P. M., Tse, F. W., Lin, Z. X., Verdolini Abbott, K., & Tsang, R. (2016). Is acupuncture efficacious for treating phonotraumatic vocal pathologies? A randomized control trial. Journal of Voice30(5), 611-620. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.07.004 
  13. Abbott, K.V., Barton, F.B., Terhorst, L., & Shembel, A. (2016). Retrospective studies: A fresh look. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25(2), 157-163. DOI: 10.1044/2016_AJSLP-16-0025