Raymond D. Kent, PhD
Ray D. Kent, PhD is Professor of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current primary research interests include: neurogenic speech disorders in children and adults, speech development in infants and young children, procedures to assess speech intelligibility and quality, acoustic analyses of speech, and theories of speech production. In addition to more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has authored or edited the following books: Clinical Phonetics (with L. D. Shriberg), Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology (with D. E. Yoder), Papers in Speech Communication (Vols. 1-3) (with J. L. Miller and B. S. Atal), Intelligibility in Speech Disorders: Theory, Measurement, and Management, The Acoustic Analysis of Speech (with C. Read), Reference Manual for Communicative Sciences and Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology, The Speech Sciences, The New Phonologies (with M. J. Ball), Dictionary of Speech-Language Pathology (with S. Singh), Handbook of Voice Quality Measurement (with M. J. Ball), and The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders. His journal editing experience includes: 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. 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. He has presented lectures and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Kent was born in Red Lodge, Montana, and received his B.A. degree from the University of Montana. He did graduate work at the University of Iowa and received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 1969 and 1970, respectively. Following postdoctoral work in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also served as a Senior Research Associate at Boys Town Institute for Communication Disorders in Children from 1979-1982.
He currently serves as: Vice President for Research and Technology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2004-2006); a member of the NIDCD Advisory Council, and founding chair of the Motor Speech Disorders Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.