Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders

West Chester University

Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone:  610.436.2115
Fax:  610.436.3388
cgunter@wcupa.edu


Elizabeth U. Grillo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor

 

Education

Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders:
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; June 2006
Dissertation:  The Role of Sensory Feedback on the Coordination Dynamics of a Limb and a Voice Task.   
Advisor:  Katherine Verdolini Abbott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
                       
M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology:
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY; May 2000

B.M. in Music, Voice Performance:
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; May 1997
Studied Voice under Costanza Cuccaro

Appointments

Academic

Adjunct Research Instructor:  March 2009-present

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson Center for Voice and Swallowing, Philadelphia, PA

Associate Professor:  Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders:  Fall 2006-present

West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Clinical

Per Diem Coverage as an Acute Care Speech-Language Pathologist:  Fall 2008-present

Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE

Courses Taught

West Chester University, Pennsylvania
SPP 203 Speech and Hearing Science (Undergraduate),
SPP 166/266/366 Undergraduate Seminars (Undergraduate),
SPP 163/363/463 Undergraduate Seminars (Undergraduate),
SPP 106 Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (Undergraduate),
SPP 323 Fluency and Voice Disorders (Undergraduate),
SPP 551 Graduate Clinical Practicum (Graduate),
SPP 523 Voice Disorders (Graduate),
SPP 552/553 Medical/School Based Affiliation Practicum (Graduate),
SPP 560 Seminar in Effective Assessment and Treatment Models in Speech-Language Pathology (Graduate),

SPP 575 Medical Speech-Language Pathology (Graduate).

SPP 582 Dysphagia (Graduate)

West Virginia University, West Virginia
SLP 534 Voice Disorders (Graduate)

Grants Received

WCU's Faculty Grants Development Committee ($6209 July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013):  "Voice Disorders Prevention Program for Physical Education Student Teachers."

Role: P.I.

WCU Presidential Faculty Award for External Grant Development ($5000, Summer 2011).

Role: P.I.

McNeil Grant ($5794, 8/30/10-6/30/11) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University: “Pilot Study of Laryngeal Resistance’s Ability to Capture Voice Changes from Pre- to Post-Treatment.” 

Role:  P.I.   

Provost Stimulus Funds ($5916, 5/18/10-6/29/10) Office of Sponsored Research, West Chester University:  “Pilot Study of a Phrase to Elicit Reliable and Valid Laryngeal Resistance Data.” 

Role: P.I.

Scholarship of Teaching Award ($900, 4/2009) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University: “The Effect of a Teaching Protocol on the Performance of Entry-Level Graduate Students:  Critical Thinking, Application of the Principles of Evidence-Based Practice, and Professional Writing Skills.”  Investigators:  Elizabeth Grillo, Cheryl Gunter, and Mareile Koenig.

Student-Faculty Research Award ($700, 2/2008) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University:  “Voice characteristics of female physical education student teachers across their first semester of student teaching.”

Faculty Professional Development Council Grant ($5,500, 11/26/07), West Chester University:  “A Global Voice Therapy Model:  Its potential effectiveness in treating patients with voice disorders.”  Three credit AWA for Fall semester 2008 to conduct the study.    

Student-Faculty Research Award ($920, 10/2007) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University:  “Influence of consonant position on speech perception.”

Student-Faculty Research Award ($1000, 10/2006) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University:  “Evidence for distinguishing pressed, normal, resonant, and breathy voice qualities by laryngeal resistance in vocally, untrained subjects.”

Publications

Grillo, E.U. (2012).  Clincial investigation of the Global Voice Therapy Model.  International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 14(2), 156-164.

Grillo, E.U., & Fugowski, J.M.  (2011).  Voice characteristics of female physical education student teachers.  Journal of Voice, 25(3), 149-157.

Grillo, E.U., Verdolini Abbott, K., & Lee, T.  (2010).  Effects of masking noise on laryngeal resistance for breathy, normal, and pressed voice.  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53(4), 850-861  

Grillo, E.U., Almeida, Q., Lee, T.D., & Verdolini Abbott, K.  (2010).  Do vision and audition influence bimanual timing coordination for in-phase and anti-phase patterns in a linear slide task?  The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 3, 105-110.   

Grillo, E.U., Perta, K. & Smith, L.  (2009).  Evidence for distinguishing pressed, normal, and breathy voice qualities by laryngeal resistance in vocally untrained female subjects.  Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 34(1), 43-48.

Grillo, E.U., & Verdolini, K. (2008).  Evidence for distinguishing pressed, normal, resonant, and breathy voice qualities by laryngeal resistance and vocal efficiency in vocally trained subjects.  Journal of Voice, 22(5), 546-552.

Articles about Dr. Grillo

"Bringing a New Order to Speech Disorders.”  Published in the For My Community Trend of the Philadelphia Inquirer (February 16, 2009)

“Patient Education is One Key to Maintaining a “New” Voice.”  Published in the West Chester University magazine (Winter 2008-Spring 2009)

“Patient Education is One Key to Maintaining a “New” Voice.”  Published on West Chester University’s website under News and Events (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)

Presentations

Grillo, E.U., DiSario, J., & Magliano, R.  Reliability of WaveSurfer, Praat, and the Computerized Speech Lab.  Invited poster presentation at the 41st Annual Voice Foundation Symposium (6/2012):  Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA  

Grillo, E.U., & Gregore, D.  Investigation of Laryngeal Resistance in Normal and Dysphonic Voice Users.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2011), San Diego, CA.

Koenig, M., Grillo, E.U., & Gunter, C.  Teaching Critical Thinking, EBP, and Professional Writing: A Follow-up Study.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2011), San Diego, CA.

Grillo, E.  Clinical Voice Investigations.  Invited 10 minute presentation by the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Donald Barr, at WCU’s Research Day (April 2011), West Chester, PA.

Grillo, E.U.  The Global Voice Therapy Model:  Description and Preliminary Results.  Invited one-hour seminar at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2010), Philadelphia, PA.  

Grillo, E.U., Gunter, C., & Koenig, M.  Effects of a Teaching Protocol on the Performance of Students.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2010), Philadelphia, PA.

Grillo, E.U., Almeida, Q., Lee, T.D., & Verdolini Abbott, K.  Do vision and audition influence bimanual timing coordination for in-phase and anti-phase patterns in a linear slide task?  Invited poster presentation at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (June 2010),Tucson, Arizona.

 

Perta, K., Grillo, E.U., & Ludlow, C.  Formant Frequency Differences across Belting and Opera Singing Styles.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2009), New Orleans, LA.

Grillo, E.  Preliminary Investigation of the Global Voice Therapy Model.  Invited 15-minute presentation at the 38th Annual Voice Foundation Symposium (6/2009): Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA

 

Grillo, E. & Fugowski, J.  Voice Characteristics of Female Physical Education Students Teachers across their First Semester of Student Teaching.  Invited 15-minute presentation at the 38th Annual Voice Foundation Symposium (6/2009): Care of the    Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA.   

 

Certifications

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, Speech-Language Pathology License (2008-present)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (2001-present)

Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology License (2001-present)

Florida Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology License (2001-2003)