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LSVT LOUD Instructors

Our LSVT LOUD® Instructors have collectively over 120 years of clinical experience in the field of speech-language pathology, and they have collectively treated over 540 patients with LSVT LOUD. Our team has trained and certified over 9,200 speech-language clinicians in 54 countries.


    Instructors

  • Lorraine Olson Ramig

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    Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dr. Ramig received her doctoral degree at Purdue University and master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in communication disorders. Dr. Ramig is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language and Hearing Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS), a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), located in Denver, Colorado, and an adjunct professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia Teacher’s College in New York City. Dr. Ramig is an internationally recognized scientist with an established research record in the areas of aged and neurological voice disorders. She has been investigating neurological voice disorders for over 20 years and has authored numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has been awarded Honors of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.


  • Cynthia Fox

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    Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dr. Fox received her doctorate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Fox is a research associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech and Co-Founder of LSVT Global. She is an expert on rehabilitation and neuroplasticity and the role of exercise in the improvement of function consequent to neural injury and disease. Dr. Fox is among the world’s experts in speech treatment for people with Parkinson disease. She has multiple publications in this area of focus, as well as numerous national and international research and clinical presentations. Dr. Fox has worked closely with Dr. Ramig for the past 18 years on studies examining the efficacy of LSVT LOUD, the underlying mechanisms of speech disorders in PD, and the application of LSVT LOUD to other disorders (children and adults) and other motor systems (e.g., limb). She is an expert on rehabilitation and neuroplasticity and the role of exercise in the improvement of function consequent to neural injury and disease.


  • Angela Halpern

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    M.S., CCC-SLP

    Ms. Halpern is an ASHA certified speech- language clinician and the Chief Clinical Officer and CE Administrator for LSVT Global. She is also a research associate and member of Dr. Ramig’s research team at the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, CO. She received her master's degree in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Halpern has worked extensively in the area of neurogenic disorders with a specialty in Parkinson disease. She is certified in LSVT LOUD. In addition to providing speech therapy to individuals with Parkinson disease, she is a faculty member and workshop trainer for LSVT Global.


  • Leslie Mahler

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    Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dr. Mahler received her doctoral degree at the University of Colorado and is an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Mahler conducts research in the area of behavioral treatment of motor speech disorders and the application of LSVT LOUD™ to individuals with Parkinson disease as well as other neurological disorders. She has 30 years of clinical experience treating adults with neurological disorders. Dr. Mahler was a member of Dr. Ramig’s research team at the National Center for Voice and Speech prior to joining the faculty at the University of Rhode Island.


  • Elizabeth Peterson

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    M.A., CCC-SLP

    Ms. Peterson received her master’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She began working with Dr. Lorraine Ramig’s research team while completing her master’s thesis. Ms. Peterson is LSVT LOUD™ certified and primarily delivers LSVT LOUD in the research setting. She now works as a research associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech-Denver and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Ms. Peterson is currently involved in Dr. Ramig’s research investigating the short and long-term impact of LSVT LOUD on neural underpinnings of speech in Parkinson disease.


  • Heather Hodges

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    M.A., CCC-SLP

    Ms. Gustafson received her master's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado, and began working on Dr. Lorraine Ramig's research team as a graduate student. She now works at the National Center for Voice and Speech as an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and research associate. In addition to studying neurogenic voice and speech disorders and being LSVT LOUD™ certified, Ms. Gustafson also works at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO treating a variety of speech, language and swallowing disorders in adult and pediatric populations.


  • Jessica Galgano

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    Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dr. Galgano received her doctoral degree in Biobehavioral Sciences from Columbia University in NYC. Dr. Galgano conducts research in the area of neurologic communication disorders and the neurophysiologic underpinnings of normal, aging, and pathologic voice production using neuroimaging techniques such as EEG and fMRI. She is an associate research scientist at NYU School of Medicine and Executive Director of Open Lines Speech and Communication in NYC, where she provides LSVT LOUD™ and other types of therapy to adults and children with a wide variety of speech and language diagnoses. Dr. Galgano conducted research with Dr. Ramig at Columbia University and is a faculty member and workshop leader for LSVT Global, Inc.


  • Instructor Disclosure Statement

    LSVT LOUD Instructors

    All of the LSVT Global faculty have both financial and non-financial relationships with LSVT Global. Non-financial relationships include a preference for the LSVT LOUD as a treatment technique and equipment which will be discussed as a part of this workshop. Drs. Ramig and Fox have ownership interest in, are employees of, and receive lecture honorarium and travel reimbursement from LSVT Global, Inc. Ms. Halpern and Ms. Peterson are employees of and receive lecture honorarium and travel reimbursement from LSVT Global, Inc. Dr. Mahler, Dr. Galgano and Ms. Gustafson receive consulting fees, lecture honorarium and travel reimbursement from LSVT Global, Inc. STATEMENT ON DISCLOSURE AND CONFLICT: All members of the research team have fully disclosed any conflict of interest. The conflict of interest management plan for the research conducted at NCVS was approved by the Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment at the University of Colorado, Boulder.