David Ford M.S., CCC-SLP

David Ford

Ph.D. Student

  • Communicative Sciences & Disorders


David is a Ph.D. candidate within the Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders.  His primary role as a researcher has been as part of Dr. Dimitar Deliyski’s Voice & Speech Lab.  He has also enjoyed experience working with Dr. Eric Hunter’s Voice Biomechanics & Acoustics Lab.  He currently teaches two courses within the department, as well as regularly guest lecturing in many other CSD courses.  During his time at MSU, David was fortunate enough to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme, which allowed him to travel to Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria to work on research at South-West University “Neofit Rilski” and collaborate on a Bulgarian textbook.

Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, David spent 5 years treating patients with voice & swallowing disorders at Straka & McQuone, Inc., a private otolaryngology practice located just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He also enjoyed appointments as adjunct professor and clinical instructor at Duquesne University.

David received his Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University and has had clinical experience at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Ohio Valley General Hospital. He completed his clinical fellowship at the Northwest Clinic for Voice & Swallowing at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). During his clinical fellowship, David had the opportunity to complete research investigating functional communication improvement following Lee Silverman Voice Treatment. David has been featured in the ASHA Leader, a national publication celebrating excellence in speech-language pathology; the Liturgical Singer; and on the KDKA 6 O'Clock News.  He formerly served as the Vice President of Membership & Ethical Practices on the Pennsylvania Speech Hearing Association (PSHA) executive board of directors. 

Research and Teaching

His current research interests include voice physiology, professional voice users, and vocal pathology.

Courses Taught at MSU: 

CSD 313: Speech Science 

CSD 391: Observation and Analysis in Clinical Practice 

Courses Taught at Other Institutions: 

Voice Disorders 


Related Work


Ghasemzadeh, H., Deliyski, D.D., Ford, D.S., Kobler, J., Hillman, R., Mehta, D. (2019). Method for vertical calibration of laser-projection transnasal fiberoptic high-speed videoendscopy. Journal of Voice.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2019.04.015

Ford, D.S., Banks, R., Hunter, E.J. (2019). Effect of hydration on perceived vocal effort during a vocal loading task.  Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.

Ford, D.S., Tompkins, E., Cantor-Cutiva, L.C., & Hunter, E.J. (2018). Aerodynamic variability following repeated measures vocal loading task. Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.

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