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Lisa Kelchner, PhD, Lab

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kelchner’s areas of academic, research and clinical interest include swallowing, voice, complex airway conditions (adults and peds) and neurogenic speech and language disorders.  She is affiliated with the Department of Speech Pathology and the Communication Sciences and Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), as well as the Cincinnati Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

 Dr. Kelchner teaches CSD’s graduate coursework in Dysphagia, Voice Disorders and the first year doctoral seminar series. Dr. Kelchner’s primary research interests include pediatric voice and airway disorders focusing on diagnosis, outcomes and access to care; and airway protection during swallowing as evidenced by variability in acoustic, respiratory phase and respiratory cessation activity.

UC CSD Voice and Swallowing Lab

The mission of the UC CSD Voice and Swallowing Lab is to advance the understanding of alterations in respiratory and (vocal) acoustic activity as markers for problems with airway protection; to improve access to care for children with low incidence, high importance voice disorders; and to determine key outcome markers for treatment of voice disorders.   

Furthermore, the mission of the Voice and Swallowing Lab is to provide an excellent environment for the academic, research and clinical training of our students.

Dr. Kelchner collaborates closely with the Department of Speech Pathology, CCHMC; Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, CCHMC; CSRC-CCHMC;  the Cincinnati VA Medical Center Department of Speech Pathology; and the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.


Dr. Kelchner’s current work is supported through funding by the Department of Speech Pathology, CCHMC; the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (R 21) and the Veterans Administration.


Swallowing: Lingual Pressure and Respiratory Phase
  • Tory McKenna – 1st year Doctoral Student
  • Donna Maile – 2nd year Master’s Student
  • Emily Schwieterman-2nd year Master's Student
  • Danielle Smith-2nd year Master's Student
  • Morgan Haines-Senior 

Swallowing: Respiratory Phase and Duration of Apneic Pause in Children

   Claire Miller, Ph.D. BRS-S Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Department of Speech Pathology

Swallowing and Voice: Acoustic and Perceptual Indicators of Material in the AIrway

    Kathy Groves-Wright, Ph.D. Cincinnati VAMC

    Jennifer Kegyes, MA CCC/SLP Doctoral Student    

Voice: Telehealth

  • Casey Stewart – 1st year Doctoral Student
  • Kathryn Davidson – 1st year Master’s/Doctoral Student

Intelligibility of Connected Speech in Individuals with  Voice Disorders

  • Maria Golla – Doctoral Student
  • Keiko Ishiskawa-Doctoral Student
  • Mark Amend B.S. (Senior Capstone)
  • Leslie Kluener, B.S. (Senior Capstone)

Pediatric Voice

  • Keiko Ishikawa – Doctoral Student
  • Kathryn Davidson-Doctoral Student
Curriculum Vitae (select link to view)
Lisa Kelchner, PhD
Lisa Kelchner, PhD, CCC/SLP, BRS-S 
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
Phone: 513-558-8518

Contact Us

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500

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