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Preeti M. Sivasankar, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Laryngeal physiology
  • Voice Disorders
  • Voice Production
  • Voice across the lifespan
  • Hypersensitive airway


Preeti Sivasankar received undergraduate and graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Mumbai, India, and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. Dr. Sivasankar is active in the teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. She is a recipient of teaching awards including the 2010-2011 College of Health and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Dr. Sivasankar has an active research program that is funded by grants from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (National Institute of Health). In 2012, Dr. Sivasankar was a Visiting Academic at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Recent Publications:

Erickson-Levendoski, E., Sundarrajan, A. & Sivasankar, MP. (in press). Reducing the negative vocal effects of superficial laryngeal dehydration with humidification. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology.

Durkes, A. & Sivasankar, MP. (in press). Bicarbonate availability on vocal fold epithelial defense to acidic challenge. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology.

Sivasankar, MP., Carroll, TL., Kosinski, AM. & Rosen, CA. (2013). Quantifying the effects of altering ambient humidity on the ionic composition of vocal fold surface fluid. The Laryngoscope, 123, 1725-1728.

Roy, N., Barkmeier-Kraemer, J., Eadie, T., Sivasankar, MP., Mehta, D., Paul, D. & Hillman, R. (2013). Evidence-based clinical voice assessment: A systematic review. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 22, 2, 212-226.

Sivasankar, MP. & Erickson-Levendoski, E. (2012). Influence of obligatory mouth breathing during realistic activities on voice measures. Journal of Voice, 26, 6, e9-e13.

Erickson-Levendoski, E. & Sivasankar, MP. (2012). Role for ion transport in porcine vocal fold epithelial defense to acid challenge. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 146, 2, 272-278.