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Maria Dietrich


Associate Professor

Director Vocal Control and Vocal Well-Being Lab

Faculty, Health and Rehabilitation Science

Educational Background

• Post Doctoral, University of Kentucky
• Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
• Master of Arts, Kent State University
• Diplom, Universität zu Köln

Classes Taught

• SLHS 3210 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
• SLHS 4220 – Voice Disorders
• SLHS 8225 – Voice Science and Voice Disorders
• SLHS 8230 – Dysphagia

Research Interests

• Voice science and voice disorders
• Role of psychobiological factors in primary muscle tension dysphonia with an emphasis on psychological stress and personality
• Central control of vocalization
• Early detection of voice disorders in occupational voice users

Certifications & Awards

• American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Advancing Academic-Research
Careers (AARC) Award. 2014
• University of Missouri Top Faculty Achiever, 2017
• University of Missouri Lewis & Clark Discovery – Early Career Award, 2017
• David W. Brewer Award for Best Poster, Third Place, The Voice Foundation Annual
Symposium Care of the Professional Voice, 2017


• 1R15DC015335 – Classifying neck surface EMG signals for the early detection of vocal fatigue in student teachers
• 1R01DC018026 – Neurobiological and psychobiological signatures of vocal effort in early career teachers

The lab is currently recruiting a postdoctoral fellow in voice and speech science. Click here to view more information

Selected Publications

• Dietrich, M., Verdolini Abbott, K., Gartner-Schmidt, J., & Rosen C.A. (2008). The frequency of perceived
stress, anxiety, and depression in patients with common pathologies affecting voice. Journal of Voice,
22(4), 472-488.
• McMullen, C.A., Butterfield, T.A., Dietrich, M., Andreatta, R.D., Andrade, F.H., Fry, L.T., & Stemple, J.C.
(2011). Chronic stimulation-induced changes in the rodent thyroarytenoid muscle. Journal of Speech,
Language, and Hearing Research, 54(3), 845-853.
• Dietrich, M., Andreatta, R.D., Jiang, Y., Joshi, A., & Stemple, J.C. (2012). Preliminary findings on the
relation between the personality trait of stress reaction and the central neural control of human
vocalization. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(4), 377-389.
• Dietrich, M., & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2012). Vocal function in introverts and extraverts during a
psychological stress reactivity protocol. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55(3),
• Dietrich, M. & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2014). Psychobiological stress reactivity and personality in persons
with high and low stressor-induced extralaryngeal reactivity. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing
Research, 57(6), 2076-2089.
• Smith, N. R., Rivera, L. A., Dietrich, M., Shyu, C. R., Page, M. P., & DeSouza, G. N. (2016). Detection of
simulated vocal dysfunctions using complex sEMG patterns. Invited paper to the special issue on IEEE
HealthCom 2014 in IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 20(3), 787-801.
• Roy, N., Dietrich, M., Blomgren, M., Heller, A., Houtz, D., & Lee, J. (2017). Exploring the neural bases of primary muscle tension dysphonia: A case study using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Voice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.11.009.
• Lee, J.M., Roy, N., & Dietrich, M. (2018). Personality, psychological factors, and behavioral
tendencies in children with vocal nodules: A systematic review. Journal of Voice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.07.016.
• Angadi, V., McMullen, C., Andreatta, R., Dietrich, M., Uhl, T., & Stemple, J. (2018). Biobehavioral measures of presbylaryngeus. Journal of Voice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.11.005.
• Dietrich, M., Andreatta, R. D., Jiang, Y., & Stemple, J. C. (2019). Limbic and cortical control of phonation for speech in response to a public speech preparation stressor. Brain Imaging and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11682-019-00102-x

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  • PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science
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