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Diana Van Lancker Sidtis

Professor Emeritus

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

212-992-9470

Professor Diana Van Lancker Sidtis, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, has undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Brown University. Additional predoctoral work was performed in the Phonetics Laboratory at the University of California at Los Angeles and she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL from 1977-1980. She earned her Speech Pathology Certification at California State University in Los Angeles in 1988. She has taught at St. Olaf College, UCLA, the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, and Antioch University. Her previous academic position was at the University of Southern California Medical School, Department of Neurology, where she performed clinical service, teaching, and research in speech pathology and neurolinguistics from 1991-99. She was Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Los Angeles until 1999 and Chair of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at NYU from 1999-2002. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the Academy of Aphasia, and the Acoustical Society of America. Dr. Sidtis is Acting Director of the Internal Faculty Advisory Committee for the proposed Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program in the Steinhardt School.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS. In the Brain and Behavior Laboratory at the NYU-affiliated Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, in collaboration with laboratory director John Sidtis, projects include speech and language changes in Parkinson's disease, focusing on subjects who have undergone deep brain stimulation for movement disorders. Other projects include formulaic language in followling brain dysfunction, including Alzheimers disease and schizophrenia. Dr. Sidtis performs studies in voice in normal and disordered speech.

Selected Publications

Courses

Motor Speech Disorders

Diagnosis and treatment management of motor speech disorders, including dysarthrias and speech dyspraxia.
Course #
CSCD-GE 2016
Units
3
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Celia Stewart , Diana Van Lancker Sidtis ,
Department

Research Colloquium in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Students participate in discussion of research topics, AND engage in research out of class with a faculty member. During this time, students are also exposed to examples of scholarly research presented by guest speakers, who are eminent researchers on speech language pathology and related areas. This course is required for 3 semesters for doctoral students but may also be taken by master’s level students for a single semester. Doctoral students doing research with faculty will present results at the colloquium.
Course #
CSCD-GE 2420
Units
1
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Susannah Levi , Diana Van Lancker Sidtis , Sonja Molfenter , Maria Grigos ,
Department

Voices and Listeners

The course provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the multifaceted role that vocal expression plays in everyday communication.Familiar voice recognition, perception of emotion, attitude & personality, & interactions between speech & voice perception are described from sociological, psychological, physiological, & neurological perspectives.Evolutionary biology, cultural differences, singing, & uses in media & courtroom are discussed.Clinical studies examine self-awareness of vocal expression & the influence of vocal quality on personal identity. Voice as communication vehicle for speaker & listener is fully explored.
Course #
CSCD-GE 2033
Units
3
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Diana Van Lancker Sidtis ,
Department