Our Consulting Editors
Plural Publishing's Consulting Editors are some of the leaders in our profession who guide Plural's vision for excellence by understanding the needs of the professionals we serve.
Brad Stach, Ph.D., (Editor-in-Chief), is Director of the Division of Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Stach has served in audiology leadership positions in Houston, Washington, D.C., Palo Alto, Halifax, and St. Louis. He has also held faculty appointments at the Baylor College of Medicine, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Dalhousie University, Washington University of Saint Louis, and Wayne State University, among others. Dr. Stach is the author of a number of books, book chapters, and articles and is an editorial consultant for several professional journals. He was a founding board member of the American Academy of Audiology and has served as its President and the Chair of its Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Stach received an M.A. from Vanderbilt University Hospital and a Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine.
David Baguley, Ph.D. , is the Head of Audiology at Cambridge University Hospitals, UK. His degrees include an MSc in Audiology (University of Manchester), an MBA (Open University) and a Ph.D. on tinnitus from the University of Cambridge. He has over 120 peer-review publications and is the author of several books and many book chapters. Dr. Baguley is a Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and is Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and at the University of Bristol. Awards received by Dr. Baguley include the British Society of Audiology TS Littler Prize (1992), the American Academy of Audiology International Award in Hearing (2006), and the British Tinnitus Association Shapiro Prize (2005, 2008).
Sumitrajit Dhar, Ph.D., (Associate Editor) has studied Audiology and Hearing Science at University of Mumbai, Utah State University, and Purdue University. Dr. Dhar currently teaches and conducts research at Northwestern University and has previously been on the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on the theory and practice of otoacoustic emissions. Work in Dr. Dhar’s laboratory is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Bre Myers, Au.D., (Associate Editor) is co-owner of Berks Hearing Professionals, a comprehensive audiological practice in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. She earned her Master’s degree in Audiology from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. She completed her clinical doctorate in Audiology at Salus University, Elkins Park, PA. Dr. Myers is also an adjunct faculty and onsite clinical supervisors at Salus University. Her main area of expertise is vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. She is author of The Vestibular Learning Manual, Plural Publishing (2011). She has presented at several state and national conferences. Dr. Myers is also active on her state academy's board of directors, where she has served as secretary and is currently President Elect.
Virginia Ramachandran, Au.D., Ph.D., (Associate Editor) is a Senior Staff Audiologist and Research Coordinator in the Division of Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She received her Au.D. degree from Wayne State University, where she is an adjunct faculty member and the Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Ramachandran is coauthor of the Basic Audiometry Learning Manual from Plural Publishing and has authored several articles. She currently serves as the President of the Michigan Academy of Audiology. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education and on several state and national professional committees.
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Dr. Michael S. Benninger, MD, is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Benninger has been actively involved in the leadership of regional, national, and international medical organizations including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the American Laryngologic Association (past-President), the Voice Foundation, the International Association of Phonosurgeons (President-elect), the American Rhinologic Society (past-President) and the Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership (Chairman). He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world for that specialty, and has served on the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology and the Medical Advisory Board for WebMD.
Dr. Benninger has authored or edited six books, including The Performer's Voice and The Singer's Voice, Techniques of Botulinum Toxin Injections in the Head and Neck, and the upcoming Classics in Rhinology. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Michael Cunningham, MD, is currently Otolaryngologist-in-Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at the Children’s Hospital Boston, and Professor of Otology and Laryngology at the Harvard Medical School. He completed Pediatrics training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Otolaryngology training at the University of Pittsburgh. He has practiced as a pediatric otolaryngologist since 1989, for many years at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and more recently at the Children’s Hospital Boston. He is the previous Director of the Harvard Residency Program in Otolaryngology, and serves as a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) committee responsible for overseeing otolaryngology residency and fellowship training in the United States. n addition to graduate medical education, his principal clinical interests are congenital head and neck masses, vascular tumors and malformations, and pediatric sinus disease. He has played an active role in many professional societies, most notably as a past president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and a past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Surgery Advisory Panel. Dr. Cunningham is co-editor of the Plural book, Otolaryngology Prep and Practice published in 2012.
Michael Ruckenstein, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC, is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Residency Training Program, the Balance Center, and the Center for Implantable Hearing Devices. He holds a specialty certification in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and a subspecialty certification in Neurotology from the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He has an active clinical practice focusing on medical and surgical diseases of the ear and skull base. His research focuses on the development of quality of life measures for diseases such as acoustic neuromas and Ménière’s disease, as well as the pathophysiology of inner ear disease.
Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS, is Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor in the departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University and on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Dr. Sataloff is also a professional singer and singing teacher, and he served as Conductor of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir over a period of nearly four decades. He holds an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Music Theory and Composition, graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Combs College of Music; and he completed his Residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sataloff is Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Voice Foundation and of the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Graduate Hospital; President of the American Laryngological Association, the International Association of Phonosurgery, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; and in numerous other leadership positions. Dr. Sataloff is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Voice, Editor-in-Chief of Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Case Reports in Medicine, Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, and on the editorial boards of numerous otolaryngology journals. He has written over 1,000 publications, including 42 books. His medical practice is limited to care of the professional voice and to otology/neurotology/skull base surgery.
Yvonne Chan, MD, FRCSC, (Associate Editor) is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chan finished her otolaryngology residency training at the University of Toronto and subsequently completed a rhinology fellowship with Dr. Fred Kuhn at the Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute. Dr. Chan obtained her medical degree and a Master of Science degree in the area of molecular genetics and molecular biology from the University of Toronto. During her medical training, she authored more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Chan’s subspecialty interests include rhinology and advanced endoscopic sinus surgery. She authored the chapter "Endoscopic Frontal Sinusotomy" in Dr. David Kennedy’s book Rhinology: Diseases of the Nose, Sinus, and Skull Base. She is a co-editor of the book Health Care Reform Through Practical Clinical Guidelines: Ear Nose Throat. Most recently, she is the associate editor for the world-renowned textbook K. J. Lee’s Essential Otolaryngology, 10th Edition, in which she also authored a chapter entitled "The Nose, Acute and Chronic Sinusitis."
Justin S. Golub, MD, (Associate Editor) is an otology/neurotology/lateral skull base surgery fellow at the University of Cincinnati. He completed residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and obtained his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. During his training, he has completed research fellowships at the University of Washington and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of more than twenty peer-reviewed publications in otolaryngology. Dr. Golub’s professional interests include regenerative medicine, otologic bioprostheses, and medical education.
M. N. (Giri) Hegde, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University-Fresno. He is a specialist in fluency disorders, language disorders, research methods, and treatment procedures in Communicative Disorders. He has presented numerous lectures to national and international audiences and has been the recipient many distinguished awards. Dr. Hegde has authored several scientific and professional books, including Treatment Procedures in Communicative Disorders, Clinical Research in Communicative Disorders, Introduction to Communicative Disorders, A Coursebook on Aphasia and Other Neurogenic Language Disorders, A Coursebook on Scientific and Professional Writing in Speech-language Pathology, A Coursebook on Language Disorders in Children, Hegde's PocketGuide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology, and Hegde's PocketGuide to Assessment in Speech-language Pathology. He also has served on the editorial boards of scientific and professional journals and continues to serve as an editorial consultant to Journal of Fluency Disorders and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Hegde is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Jeannette D. Hoit, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona and a speech-language pathologist. She is also a member of the core faculty of the national program for teaching Survival Skills and Ethics. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, past-President of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences, and has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University. Dr. Hoit's research focuses on speech physiology, with particular emphasis on normal aging and development, neuromotor speech disorders, and respiratory function and dysfunction, including ventilator-supported speech and speaking-related dyspnea. Dr. Hoit has a long history of editorial experience with over 20 journals, including her role as Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
Ray D. Kent, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research has included topics in speech science, speech development in children, and speech disorders in children and adults. He currently works with Dr. Houri K. Vorperian on a project involving acoustic and anatomic imaging studies of the vocal tract in typically and atypically developing individuals. In addition to more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has authored or edited 16 books, most recently Clinical Phonetics, 4th edition (with L. D. Shriberg), The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders, Building a Research Career (with C. Ludlow), and Assessment of Speech Motor Disorders (with A. Lowit). He has served as Editor of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Associate Founding Editor of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, and Associate Editor for Motor Speech Disorders for Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica. Dr. Kent received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1994 and was awarded the Docteur Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from the Faculte de medecine, Universite de Montreal, in 1995. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Acoustical Society of America, and the International Phonetics Association.
Leonard L. (Chick) LaPointe, Ph.D., was raised in the railroad village of Channing, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado. He chaired the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University for nine years. He currently occupies an endowed distinguished professor chair, the Francis Eppes Professor of Communication Science & Disorder at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He is on the faculty in the College of Medicine and in the Program in Neuroscience at Florida State University. Dr. LaPointe served as a Visiting Professor in the School of Health Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; at the University of Hong Kong; and as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His research focus is in the area of neurological disorders of communication and cognition. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology.
Dr. LaPointe has authored or co-authored 10 books, 40 book chapters, over 100 journal articles, and presented more than 400 papers, lectures, or invited workshops in the United States, the former Soviet Union, several countries in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, The People’s Republic of China, and the South American countries of Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil. He was recently named as a Distinguished Alumnus from both Michigan State University and the University of Colorado.
Marilyn Newhoff, Ph.D., currently serves as Dean, College of Health and Human Services, at San Diego State University. Previously, she served as Director, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, where she continues to hold appointments as Professor in both the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Language and in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Audiology. She is an internationally known scholar in the normal and disordered aspects of both child and adult language. Her numerous publications can be found in prestigious journals as well as classroom and reference texts.
Dr. Newhoff was the Founding Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 1992, in recognition of her contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders, she received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from The University of Memphis. She has held numerous administrative positions within ASHA. Dr. Newhoff is one of the most recent recipients of the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the most prestigious award given by the association. Immediately prior to coming to SDSU, Dr. Newhoff served as the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Georgia.
Rahul Shrivastav, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Shrivastav’s research seeks to understand how listeners perceive "indexical" properties in speech, such as voice quality, emotion, age or intelligibility and how such information may be used to improve healthcare tools, applications, or clinical procedures. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as the Associate Editor for Voice for Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Voice. He Chairs the Voice Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics. He was awarded the Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professorship for his accomplishments (2009; University of Florida, Gainesville). His research has been recognized through awards at the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice (2007) as well as at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2011).
Lynn Williams, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development at East Tennessee State University and Professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology. Her research has focused on development of a new model of phonological intervention called multiple oppositions that has been the basis of federally funded intervention studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She developed a phonological intervention software program called Sound Contrasts in Phonology (SCIP) that was funded by NIH. Dr. Williams is currently the Co-Director of a cross-linguistic consortium with universities in Brazil. She has authored several articles in a variety of journals, several book chapters, and the book Speech Disorders Resource Guide for Preschool Children. She has a new book that was co-edited with Drs. Sharynne McLeod and Rebecca McCauley titled Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children. She served as Associate Editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Williams has been a frequent presenter at numerous state, national, and international conferences and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Jennifer Windsor, Ph.D., is Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from Purdue University in 1990. Her research focuses primarily on the cognitive-linguistic abilities of school-age children with language impairments. She also examines the effects of severe environmental deprivation on young children’s language development. Dr. Windsor has published numerous articles, book chapters, and a co-edited book. She is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and she serves on the editorial/review boards for several other research journals. Her most recent publications appear in Child Development and the Journal of Child Language. Dr. Windsor received an Editor’s Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2001 and was named a 2007-2010 Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts and a 2009 Erasmus Mundus Scholar.
Voice and Swallowing
Ryan C. Branski, Ph.D., (Voice) is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York University School of Medicine and Associate Director of the NYU Voice Center. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Branski runs an active research laboratory investigating the dynamics of vocal fold injury and repair. Dr. Branski is on the editorial board of the Journal of Voice and serves in an editorial capacity for several other journals. He is also the past Associate Editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. He is an active member of the Voice Foundation and the Wound Healing Society and is the past recipient of the Advancing Academic and Research Career Award and the Award for Early Career Contributions to Research, both from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Thomas Murry, Ph.D.,(Senior Editor), is Professor of Speech Pathology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, and Adjunct Professor Teacher's College, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Columbia University, New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and his post-doctoral training from the Communication Sciences Laboratory, University of Florida.
Dr. Murry has distinguished himself as a scientist, clinician, and educator in the areas of voice and swallowing. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Voice Foundation, the Advisory Board of the International Association of Phonosurgery, and on the scientific advisory board of the Pan European Voice Congress. In 2010, Dr. Murry received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the highest award given by the Association. His early research in voice science encompassed a wide range of voice-related topics, including underwater communication systems, laryngeal cancer, performer's voice disorders, and laryngeal neuropathologies. His current research interests include voice disorders and issues in performers' voices and neurolaryngology. Dr. Murry has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles in national and international scientific journals and has presented over 500 lectures at conferences throughout the world. He has authored or edited 12 books on voice, speech, and swallowing and has contributed numerous chapters to various scientific texts and websites.
John (Jay) Rosenbek, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Public Health & Health Professions at the University of Florida. He has practiced speech-language pathology for 35 years. Along the way he has earned the Honors of the Association and the Frank Kleffner Career Clinical Award for sustained clinical excellence. He maintains an active outpatient clinic. In addition, his research into treatment of swallowing and prosodic abnormalities continues. He also is mentoring a number of Ph.D. students who are part of the College's Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Science Program. In his spare time he rides his bike and plants trees.
Christine Sapienza Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is also a research career scientist at the Malcom Randall VA in Gainesville, Florida, with the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center. Dr. Sapienza received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1993 in speech and voice science, and her current research interests are disordered voice production, treatment of neuromotor disorders, defining outcomes of strength training paradigms, and integrating basic physiological techniques to study rehabilitation strategies.
Dr. Sapienza’s most recent work focuses on the use of strength training paradigms in multiple populations, including Parkinson disease, voice disorders, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis. She maintains an active research laboratory with multiple current Ph.D. students. She has multiple active research grants, including a VA Merit Review. She has over 120 publications and hundreds of lectures, presentations, and workshops to date.
Brenda Smith, DMA, is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she teaches studio voice, singer’s diction and vocal pedagogy. She is the 10th annual winner of the Van Lawrence Award, a fellowship given by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing in recognition of achievements in voice science and pedagogy. A frequent clinician, Dr. Smith has presented her work on vocal health, choral singing, the aging voice, and voice science at music education conferences throughout the United States and Europe. With Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, Dr. Smith is the author of Choral Pedagogy and the Older Singer (2012) and Choral Pedagogy (2006). Both textbooks, uniting vocal pedagogy, choral conducting and voice science, are published by Plural Publishing. Dr. Smith is the author of Cantare et Sonare: A Handbook of Choral Performance Practice, published by Hinshaw Music (2006). She is active in the Voice Foundation and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Voice. Dr. Smith holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Maryland. She has served on the voice faculty at Westminster Choir College, Dickinson College, and Rowan University.
Jean L. Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP is President of Creative Strategies for Special Education, an organization that provides consulting and training services to schools, departments of education, universities, and businesses interested in reframing and improving school-based services for students with disabilities. Throughout her career, she has focused on researching, developing, and implementing innovative and effective school-based services. Jean is passionate about creating systems that ensure special educators and speech-language therapists are providing outcomes-based, educationally relevant services.
Dr. Blosser received her BS in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Ohio University and her MA in Speech Pathology at Kent State University. Assuming a faculty position at The University of Akron changed her career path and set the stage for her future clinical, teaching, management, research, and mentoring endeavors. She completed her EdD in Higher Education at The University of Akron in 1986 with a focus on preparing professionals for employment. Throughout her tenure at The University of Akron, she transitioned to roles as Professor, Director of the Speech and Hearing Center, Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Associate Provost. Her teaching, clinical supervision, and research focused on improving service delivery in schools with an emphasis on collaboration with education partners and families. Throughout her career she has mentored hundreds of aspiring school-based SLPs, encouraging them to be innovative, to coach and to collaborate with their education partners, and to make their services educationally relevant and meaningful to children so they can participate and succeed in their classrooms.
She has been named Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Council on Education, and the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association. She has authored numerous books, articles, clinical materials, and resources for related services professionals, teachers, and parents, including the textbook School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery, Fifth Edition with Plural Publishing.
Radheshyam M. Agrawal, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FASGE, FFSMB, is a Senior Attending Physician in the Division of Gastorenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also Associate Clinical Chief, Research and Education, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition for the West Penn Allegheny Health System, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the author of more than 30 papers and has given more than 50 lectures and presentations. He was awarded the prestigious Ralph C. Wilde Award given by the Allegheny County Medical Society in 2010 for outstanding physician, teacher, leader and human being. In 2011 he was awarded the Most Distinguished Residency/Fellowship Program Director by the American Association of Physicians from India.