Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, will serve as the new chair of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders beginning in September 2018. Rousseau is currently associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology and chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. He also serves as director of the Laryngeal Biology Laboratory, and co-director of the Voice Specialty Track in Speech-Language Pathology at the Vanderbilt University Bill Wilkerson Center. His federally funded research program focuses on the molecular pathophysiology of phonotrauma, health care costs and outcome studies related to the assessment and management of benign vocal fold disease.
Rousseau completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Central Florida and earned a PhD in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), one of the highest honors bestowed by ASHA to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Rousseau is also an associate fellow of the American Laryngological Association (ALA), an organization of physicians and scientists founded in 1878. Rousseau was elected fellow of the ALA in 2013 for distinguished contributions to the field of laryngology, care of patients with disorders of the larynx and upper aerodigestive tract, and for contributions to the teaching of laryngology in medical schools and post-graduate medical education. He is one of only 8 individuals to ever become elected fellow of both societies.
Rousseau is a charter member of the Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Members are selected on the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other scientific activities, achievement and honors. He is the immediate past editor of Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders for ASHAs Special Interest Group 3 (SIG 3). He's also served on the SIG 3 Coordinating Committee and as co-chair of the SIG 3 Research Committee.
Deeply committed to service to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, Rousseau currently serves on an ASHA committee charged with updating the scope of practice in speech-language pathology. His contributions to the professions include service on committees charged with the development of official practice policy documents, including the Guidelines for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the current scope of practice in speech-language pathology. Rousseau serves as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals. He is a past-recipient of the ALA Young Faculty/Practitioner Award for contributions in research and the David W. Brewer Research Award from the Voice Foundation. He has mentored more than 50 research trainees and in 2014, was selected by his peers as the recipient of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Elaine Sanders-Bush Award for Mentoring Graduate and/or Medical Students in the Research Setting.