Rita Patel

Rita Patel

Associate Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences


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

Research interests

My broad areas of research interests include vocal physiology and voice production in normal and disordered voice across the lifespan. More specifically, I am 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 I aim 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 me 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.

Representative publications

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

Automatic content generation for video self-modeling (2011)
Ju Shen, Anusha Raghunathan, Rita R. Patel and S. Cheung Sen-ching
Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), 1-6, 11-15 July, 6 1-6

Automatic lip-synchronized video-self​-modeling intervention for voice disorders (2012)
Ju Shen, Ti Changpeng, Rita R. Patel and S. Cheung Sen-ching
Proceedings of IEEE Healthcom, 244-249

Clinical analysis methods of voice disorders (2011)
Anke Ziethe, Rita R. Patel, Melda Kunduk, Ulrich Eysholdt and Simone Graf
Current Bioinformatics, 6 (3), 270-285

Differential vibratory characteristics of adductor spasmodic dysphonia and muscle tension dysphonia on high-speed digital imaging (2011)
Rita Patel, Li Liu, Nikolas P. Galatsanos and Diane M. Bless
Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 120 (1), 21-32

Laser projection imaging for measurement of pediatric voice (2011)
Rita R. Patel, Kevin D. Donohue, Weston C. Johnson and Sanford M. Archer
Laryngoscope, 121 (11), 2411-2417

Pediatric high speed digital imaging of vocal fold vibration: A pilot normative study of glottal closure and phase closure (2012)
Rita Patel, Angela Dixon, Anna Mary Richmond and Kevin D. Donohue
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 76 (7), 954-959

Spatiotemporal analysis of vocal fold vibrations between children and adults with high speed imaging (2012)
Michael Döllinger, Denis Dubrovskiy and Rita Patel a
Laryngoscope, 122 (11), 2511-2518