Katherine Verdolini Abbott
PhD, CCC-SLP, MDiv
Director of Distance Education, Communication Science and Disorders
Katherine Verdolini Abbott is a Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders and the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also faculty in the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. She holds additional faculty membership in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint program across Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. She is Fellow (2000) and Honors Recipient (2009) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and received a career recognition award from the Voice Foundation in 2011. Her research interests lie with voice and voice disorders, including biomechanics of voice production, biology of laryngeal wound healing, neural and psychological substrates of voice, and perceptual-motor learning. Other interests, associated with her 2014 Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, are in Religion and Science, and Religion, Spirituality, and Health. Verdolini Abbott has had continuous research funding from the NIH since 1997. Her doctoral lab has been very active, and several former students are now NIH-funded researchers in their own right, at Pitt and other institutions.