Study: Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson Voice Project, in association with Lehman College, is conducting a clinical research study to test the outcomes of the SPEAK OUT!® therapy program.

Lead Researcher – Alison Behrman, PhD, CCC-SLP • Lead Clinician – Jennifer Cody, MS, CCC-SLP

Eligibility requirements:

  • • Diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease
  • • No history of deep brain stimulation
  • • No speech therapy within the past few years
  • • Fluent in English language
  • • Able to attend 4 research sessions, plus 12 sessions of SPEAK OUT!® therapy

If interested in participating, please email contact@ParkinsonVoiceProject.org, or contact us at 469-375-6500.

Alison Behrman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a faculty member in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College/City University of New York, where she teaches courses in speech science, anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, and nonnative accents. She received her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University, and her PhD in speech physiology from Columbia University. Dr. Behrman has ongoing research projects in voice disorders and accent management, with publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals of speech pathology, speech science, linguistics, and otolaryngology. She has been the Principal Investigator of an NIH grant exploring outcomes of voice therapy for patients with benign vocal fold lesions, and a recipient of the ASHA Foundation's 2016 Clinical Research Grant to examine the effects of the use of clear speech by Spanish-accented speakers of American English. Dr. Behrman is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Parkinson Voice Project (Richardson, Texas), a nonprofit treatment center that developed SPEAK OUT® therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease.

Jennifer Cody, MS, CCC-SLP, has specialized in the treatment of Parkinson’s-related speech and communication disorders for most of her career as a speech-language pathologist and has been working with Parkinson Voice Project since 2009. In addition to individual therapy, she leads several weekly group therapy sessions, including one tailored specifically to individuals who have undergone deep brain stimulation (DBS). Jennifer also manages the clinical staff to ensure the patients receive the best care. She received her BA in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2004 and her MS in communication disorders in 2008.