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 2008-2011

Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE

Courses Taught

West Chester University, Pennsylvania
SPP 101 Introduction to Communicative Disorders (Undergraduate, online)

SPP 203 Speech and Hearing Science (Undergraduate, in-person and online),
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

Student-Faculty Research Award ($1000, 4/2014) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University:  “Defining common ground:  A case study investigating the effects of musical training for pitch, loudness, and rhythm on lexical stress discrimination.” Investigators:  Elizabeth Grillo and Phil Doucette, MA student. 

Role:  Faculty Advisor

Distance Education/Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Initiative ($1000 honorarium to be awarded when online course submission is presented to CAPC by March 2014):  Developing an online, asynchronous section of SPP 203 Speech and Hearing Science for fall semester 2014.

Role:  P.I. 

Scholarship of Teaching Award ($600, 5/2013) College of Health Sciences, West Chester University:  “Enhancing the Writing Skills of CSD Students: Assessing Technical Skills.”  Investigators:  Elizabeth Grillo, Cheryl Gunter, Sojung Kim, and Mareile Koenig. 

Role:  Co-Investigator

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., Koenig, M.A, Gunter, C.D., & Kim, S.  (accepted).  Teaching CSD graduate students to think critically, apply evidence, and write professionally.  Communication Disorders Quarterly.  

Grillo, E.U., Magliano, R., & DiSario, J. (2013).  Agreement among Computerized Speech Lab, Praat, and WaveSurfer in determining formant frequencies. PSHA Journal, December, 42-45.

Verdolini Abbott, K., Li, Y.K., Branski, R.C., Rosen, C.A., Grillo, E.U., Steinhauer, K., & Hebda, P.A.  (2012).  Vocal exercise may attenuate acute vocal fold inflammation.  Journal of Voice, 26(6), 814.e1-13.

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

Voice Disorders and PE Student Teachers.” Published in Advance for Speech and Hearing (June 30, 2014). http://speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Voice-Disorders-PE-Student-Teachers.aspx

"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)

Selected Recent and Upcoming Presentations

Grillo, E.U.  Low-tech and High-tech Voice Assessment (3-hour short course) & The Global Voice Therapy Model (3-hour short course).  Invited presentations by the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association annual convention in Columbus, OH (March 2015).

 

Grillo, E.U., Koenig, M.A., Gunter, C.D, & Kim, S.  Teaching Students to Think Critically, Apply Evidence, and Write Professionally.  Invited one-hour seminar at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2014), Orlando, FL. 

 

Grillo, E.U., & Bailley, A. (M.A. student).  Reliability and Validity of Aerodynamic Measures in Healthy Voice Users.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2014), Orlando, FL. 

Doucette, P., Grillo, E.U., Kim, S., & Weiss, M.  Defining common ground:  A case study investigating the effects of musical training for pitch, loudness, and rhythm on lexical stress discrimination.  Invited electronic poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Voice Foundation Symposium (6/2014):  Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA.

Grillo, E.U. The Global Voice Therapy Model.  Invited all day (8 hours) guest speaker for WCU’s NSSLHA conference (April 25, 2014), West Chester, PA.

Grillo, E.U. Voice Disorders Prevention Program for Physical Education Student Teachers.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2013), Chicago, IL. 

Koenig, M.A., Kim, S., Grillo, E.U., & Gunter, C.D.  Analysis of Written Expository Text Produced by Undergraduate SLP Students: A Second Look.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2013), Chicago, IL. 

Koenig, M., Gunter, C., Grillo, E.U., & Kim, S.  Analysis of Written Expository Text Produced by Undergraduate SLP Students.  Invited poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2012), Atlanta, GA. 

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  

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)