Elizabeth U. Grillo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, EFP, CHSE

Professor

Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Grillo earned a B.M. in vocal performance from Indiana University, an M.S. in speech-language pathology from Teacher's College Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in communication science and disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her clinical expertise is in voice disorders and in medical speech-language pathology.  Currently, her research related to voice is addressing aerodynamic measures, the Global Voice Prevention and Therapy Model, apps, and telepractice.  Her research has been supported by grants at WCU and an R15 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health.  Her work has been disseminated through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, state, and national conferences. 

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

Courses

Undergraduate

Course Number

Course Name

CSD 101

Introduction to Communicative Disorders (Undergraduate, online)

CSD 203

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

CSD498/SLP598

Interprofessional Education and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Considerations (Undergraduate, in-person and online)

SLP 456

Interprofessional Simulation (Undergraduate and Graduate, in-person and online, fulfills interdisciplinary and speaking emphasis general education requirements)

SLP 551

Graduate Clinical Practicum (Graduate)

SLP 523

Voice Disorders (Graduate)

SLP 552/553

Medical/School Based Affiliation Practicum (Graduate)

SLP 575

Medical Speech-Language Pathology (Graduate)

SLP 582

Dysphagia (Graduate)

Certifications and Licensure

Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (December 2, 2019 – present)

Certificate of Estill Figure Proficiency, Estill Voice International (March 30, 2017 – present)

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, Speech-Language Pathology (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 (2001-present)

Awards

Awarded the 2018 Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  She was honored at the 2018 ASHA Convention in Boston, MA.

Won second place for Best Clinical Poster at The Fall Voice Conference (2017) for Tele-Voice Evaluation through a Smartphone and Tablet App.  The prize was $125.00.

Selected as one of 10 faculty highlighted for the first ever Spotlight on Research Award (November 2016). 

Received WCU’s Distinguished Sponsored Research Award (May 2016).  The award is presented to full-time faculty members for their outstanding achievements in creative, research or scholarly activities in achievement of external grant support.  The award was presented during the December 2016 graduation ceremonies. 

Recent Grants Received

State System Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) Annual Grant Program
“Faculty Simulation Education Practices that Support Student Learning and Engagement.” 
($10,000 Summer 2019-Fall 2020)
P.I. Dr. Christine Thomas
Role as Co-Investigator: Drs. Nancy Barker, Patricia Davidson, and Elizabeth Grillo

National Institutes of Health Division of Loan Repayment (2016-2019).  Educational student loans are paid by the award, ($38,948.60 total over 3 years). 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15DC014566 ($410,260, 09/15/2015 – 05/31/2020).  “Effectiveness of Telepractice by Smartphone App Technology in Preventing Voice Problems.” 

Publications & Presentations

Publications (*** indicates students as co-authors)

Invited Peer-reviewed Publications

Grillo, E.U. (2021). Functional voice assessment and therapy methods supported by telepractice, VoiceEvalU8, and Estill Voice Training. Seminars in Speech and Language, 42(1), 41-53.

Grillo, E.U. (2019).  Building a successful voice telepractice program.  Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG 3), 4(1), 100-110.  https://doi.org/10.1044/2018_PERS-SIG3-2018-0014

Grillo, E.U.  (2017).  An online telepractice model for the prevention of voice disorders in vocally healthy student teachers evaluated by a smartphone application.  Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG 3), 2(2), 63-78. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5590670/

Peer-reviewed Publications

Grillo, E.U. (2021). A nonrandomized trial for student teachers of an in-person and telepractice Global Voice Prevention and Therapy Model with Estill Voice Training assessed by the VoiceEvalU8 app. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Feb 1, 1-18.

***Grillo, E.U. & Wolfberg, J. (2020). An assessment of different Praat versions for acoustic measures analyzed automatically by VoiceEvalU8 and manually by two raters. Journal of Voice, Dec 2

Grillo, E.U.  (2020).  A phrase captures aerodynamic and acoustic data in healthy voice users and in patients with voice Disorders. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 45(1), 24-29.

Davidson, P., Heinerichs, S., Reed, M., Grillo, E., Thomas, C., Sankaran. G., Curtis, N., & Bean, N.  (2019) Students’ knowledge and attitudes: An interprofessional education workshop and experience.  International Journal of Health Sciences Education, 6 (1), https://dc.etsu.edu/ijhse/vol6/iss1/3/

***Grillo, E.U. & Brosious, J.N.  (2019). Results of a voice-related survey of physical education student teachers.  Communication Disorders Quarterly, 40(2), 99-108.  DOI: 10.1177/1525740118774207.

Grillo, E.U. (2017). Results of a survey offering clinical insights into speech-language pathology telepractice methods.  International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 9(2), 25-30. 

***Grillo, E.U., Brosious, J., Sorrell, S., & Anand, S.  (2016).  Influence of smartphones and software on acoustic voice measures.  International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 8(2), 9-14.

Grillo, E.U. & Thomas, C. (2016).  Using high-fidelity simulation to facilitate graduate student clinical learning.  Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG 10), 1, 4-15.    

Grillo, E.U., Koenig, M.A, Gunter, C.D., & Kim, S.  (2015).  Teaching CSD graduate students to think critically, apply   evidence, and write professionally.  Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36(4), 241-251.  

***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).  Clinical 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).  Laryngeal resistance distinguished pressed, normal, and breathy voice in vocally untrained females.  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.

Invited Presentations

Grillo, E.U., Van Stan, J., Hunter, E., van Leer, E., & Hillman, R.  (November 2018).  Therapy is More Than the Treatment Room:  Using Mobile Technology to Foster Compliance & Generalization.  2-hour seminar at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.

Grillo, E.U.  (2018).  Using a Healthy Speaking Voice.  90-minute seminar at the National Association of Teachers of Singers Eastern Conference (March 2018)  West Chester, PA. 

Grillo, E.U.  (2017).  Tele-Voice Evaluation: What apps are available?  30-minute seminar at The Fall Voice Conference (October 2017) Washington D.C.  

Grillo, E.U. (April 2016).  Part of a panel presentation during WCU’s Research Day to discuss external grant mechanisms and how to involve students (1-hour).

Grillo, E.U. (February 27, 2016).  Global Voice Therapy Model (1-hour).  Invited presentation for Bridging the Glottal Gap:  A Voice Symposium for Students and Professionals Sponsored by Stockton University’s (New Jersey) Speech and Hearing Club.

Invited Online Continuing Education Courses

Grillo, E.U. (2015) Treatment of Voice Disorders: The Global Voice Therapy Model (GVTM) for Children and Adults.  Two Hour Online course for Northern Speech Services, Gaylord, MI.

Grillo, E.U. (2015) Assessment of Voice Disorders in Children and Adults: Using Inexpensive Low and High Tech Resources to Complete a Comprehensive Voice Evaluation. Two Hour Online course for Northern Speech Services, Gaylord, MI. 

Selected Presentations at Peer-reviewed National Conferences (*** indicates students as co-authors)

Grillo, E.U., Kohlmorgen, T., & Queen, T.  (2019).  Trans Voice Care.  One-hour seminar at the Trans Wellness Conference, Philadelphia, PA.    

Grillo, E.U. & Davidson, P. (November 2018).  Building a Successful Interprofessional Education Framework across Health Science Disciplines.  One-hour seminar at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Boston, MA.

***Grillo, E.U., MacArthur, K., Fedak, E., Moreau, S., Lumbis, A., Symons, H., & McGonigle, N.  (2017).  VoiceEvalU8:  A Smartphone and Tablet App. Poster presentation at the 46th Annual Voice Foundation Symposium (6/2017):  Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA.   

Grillo, E.U. & Thomas, C.   Using High-Fidelity Simulation to Facilitate Graduate Student Clinical Learning.  One-hour seminar at the 2016 American Speech Language Hearing Association convention in Philadelphia, PA.

***Grillo, E.U., MacArthur, K., Fedak, E., Hattier, J., & Zborowski, E.  Pilot Results of a Voice Evaluation App.  Poster at the 2016 American Speech Language Hearing Association convention in Philadelphia, PA.

***Grillo, E.U., MacArthur, K., Moreau, S., Symons, H., Lumbis, A., McGonigle, N., & Fedak, E.  Delivering an Online Telepractice Voice Disorders Prevention Model Using Both Synchronous & Asynchronous Methods.  One-hour seminar at the 2016 American Speech Language Hearing Association convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Kim, S., Gunter, C.D., Koenig, M., & Grillo, E.U.  Analysis of Written Expository Text Produced by Undergraduate SLP Students:  Critical Thinking Skills. Poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2016), Philadelphia, PA. 

***Grillo, E.U., Brosious, J., & Sorrell, S.  Smartphones Maintain Recording Integrity of Acoustic Voice Measures.  Poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention (November 2015), Denver, CO.  

Selected Presentations at State and Local Organizations (*** indicates students as co-authors)

***Bogunovich, K., Catinella, E., Quick, C. & Grillo, E.U.  (April 2019).  Voice Therapy for Transgender Voice Clients.  30-minute technical session at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Lancaster, PA.

***Gale, K., Wolfberg, J., & Grillo, E.U.  (April 2019).  Reliability between Praat and VoiceEvalU8 for analysis of voice measures.  Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Lancaster, PA.

Grillo, E.U. & Davidson, P. (April 2019).  Building a Successful Interprofessional Education Framework across Health Science Disciplines.  90-minute seminar at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Lancaster, PA.

Grillo, E.U., Koenig, M., & Swasey Washginton, P. (2018).  Use of Clinical Simulation across the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Curriculum.  90-minute seminar at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention (March 2018), Pittsburgh, PA.

***Moreau, S., Lumbis, A., McIntyre, K., Grillo, E.U., & Swasey Washington, P.  (2017).  Estill’s Figures and Qualities in the Global Voice Therapy Model.  Thirty minute technical session at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention (April 2017), Harrisbug, PA.

***Fedak, E., MacArthur, K., & Grillo, E.U.  (2017).  Results of a Recent Telepractice Survey.  Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention (April 2017), Harrisbug, PA.

***MacArthur, K., Palmer, K., Gregore, D., McCauley, J., & Grillo, E.U.  (2017).  Aerodynamic Measures Capture Changes in Voice from Pre- to Post-Therapy.  Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention (April 2017), Harrisbug, PA.

Articles

Speech-Language Pathologists (Liz Grillo and Patricia Swasey Washington) & Registered Dietician (Patricia Davidson) Coordinate International Team of Students/Faculty to Offer Free Screening to Local Community Children & Others for Health Disorders. Published in the Daily Local News (December 12, 2019) Published on West Chester University’s website under University News (December 16, 2019)

Liz Grillo’s VoiceEvalU8 Research Involves WCU Students Across Multiple Departments.”  Published on West Chester University’s website under University News (December 3, 2018). 

“NIH Grant Supports Innovative Smartphone and Telepractice Technology to Safeguard Teachers’ Voices.” Published in West Chester University’s Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Annual report (2014-2015).

“$410,260 NIH Grant Supports Research on Prevention of Voice Disorders.”  Published on West Chester University’s website under University News (September 28, 2015).

 “Voice Disorders and PE Student Teachers.” Published in Advance for Speech and Hearing (June 30, 2014).

Television and Radio

6abc Television News Story on March 6, 2019, Better Training for Teachers Most Important Tool - the Voice
Video of 6ABC Interview

WHYY Radio News Story on May 6, 2019, West Chester Professer wants to be a voice coach for teachers

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Video Series

Infinite Opportunities on PCN, Season Two (March 6 Health and Wellness).  Elizabeth Grillo, a faculty member from West Chester University, is interviewed at 19:45.

 

 

 

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