LSVT LOUD Faculty

Lorraine Olson Ramig Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Ramig received her doctoral degree at Purdue University and master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in communication disorders. Dr. Ramig is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language and Hearing Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS), a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), located in Denver, Colorado, and an adjunct professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia Teacher’s College in New York City. Dr. Ramig is an internationally recognized scientist with an established research record in the areas of aged and neurological voice disorders. She has been investigating neurological voice disorders for over 20 years and has authored numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has been awarded Honors of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

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Cynthia Fox Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Fox received her doctorate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson.  Her training included a focus in the areas of neuroscience and motor control.  She is an expert on rehabilitation and neuroplasticity and the role of exercise in the improvement of function consequent to neural injury and disease.  Dr. Fox is a world leader in administration of LSVT LOUD speech treatment for people with Parkinson disease.  Dr. Fox began working with Dr. Ramig over 20 years ago conducting efficacy research on LSVT in people with Parkinson disease.  She was the first to apply this treatment to disorders other than Parkinson disease (e.g., multiple sclerosis) and pioneered the application to pediatric populations including children with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.  Dr. Fox worked closely on the development of a physical therapy program, LSVT BIG, that was modeled after the speech treatment protocol.  Dr. Fox also serves as faculty for LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG training and certification courses. She has numerous publications in these areas of research and has presented extensively nationally and internationally.  Dr. Fox is a Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations of LSVT Global, Inc.; a Research Associate at the National Center

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Angela Halpern M.S., CCC-SLP

Ms. Halpern is in charge of facilitating national and international training and certification courses for LSVT LOUD and LSVT BIG. She assists the team in the research and development of new courses and products, and she has worked to develop and advance LOUD for LIFE exercise maintenance classes for LSVT LOUD graduates.  Ms. Halpern serves as national and international faculty for LSVT LOUD training and certification courses. She has been a part of Dr. Ramig’s research team at the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver since 2000, where she has played an integral role in the randomized control trial research for LSVT LOUD. Ms. Halpern received her Masters degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, PA.  Ms. Halpern was born and raised in Kansas and currently resides in Golden, Colorado.

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Jessica Galgano Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Galgano received her doctoral degree in the department of Biobehavioral Sciences from Columbia University in NYC. Dr. Galgano has presented at national and international conferences and has authored and co-authored publications related to neurologic communication and voice disorders. She is a faculty instructor at NYU Langone School of Medicine and is the Executive Director of Open Lines Speech and Communication in NYC, where she provides LSVT LOUD® and other types of therapy to adults and children with a wide variety of speech and language diagnoses. She is also an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University. Dr. Galgano conducted research with Dr. Ramig at Columbia University and is a clinical expert, faculty member and workshop leader for LSVT Global, Inc.

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Heather Hodges M.A., CCC-SLP

Ms. Hodges received her master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado. She been part of Dr. Ramig’s research team since 2004. In addition to studying neurogenic voice and speech disorders and being LSVT LOUD certified since 2008, Ms. Hodges also works at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO treating a variety of speech, language and swallowing disorders in adult and pediatric populations with specialty expertise in the area of Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion.

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Elizabeth Peterson M.A., CCC-SLP

Ms. Peterson received her master’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She began working with Dr. Lorraine Ramig’s research team while completing her master’s thesis. She has worked as a research associate at the National Center for Voice and Speech-Denver and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and primarily delivers LSVT LOUD in a research setting. Ms. Peterson is currently involved in Dr. Ramig’s research investigating the short and long-term impact of LSVT LOUD on neural underpinnings of speech in Parkinson disease.

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