NeuroVoice Lab

The Neurophysiology of Voice, Communication, and Cognition Lab (NeuroVoice Lab), under the direction of Nicholas Barone, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor in Communication Science & Disorders (CSD), conducts neurophysiological research into learning related to voice and communication while providing research opportunities to undergraduate students in CSD and graduate students in the masters and doctoral degree programs in the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.


Located in the Sheila Johnson Center in Bavaro Hall, the NeuroVoice Lab examines cortical activation patterns associated with the neural bases of voice, cognition, and communication using the cutting edge technology functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). We also examine the acoustic, aerodynamic, physiological, and perceptual characteristics of voice production and perception using voice investigational and clinical measurement tools including, but not limited to, the Computerized Speech Lab (CSL) running the Multidimensional Voice Program (MDVP), Phonatory Aerodynamic System (PAS), and Electroglottalgraph (EGG), We are also testing the validity of currently used voice quality terminology as compared to physiologically-based terminology. This research is to better understand underlying mechanisms of voice and communication to advance the field and enhance patient care.

For more information about the NeuroVoice lab, please contact Nicholas Barone.

2019 UVA SD Regional Symposium

spasmodic dysphonia poster

Please join us at for the 2019 UVA SD Regional Symposium.

Hear from medical and clinical experts on current research, trends, and best practices for spasmodic dysphonia and other voice disorders followed by a support group panel on living with SD and voice disorders. Lunch will be provided.

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For more information, please visit the 2019 UVA SD Regional Symposium Page.


    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) involves using certified therapy animals as tools to aid in therapeutic programs. AAT has been shown to effectively improve executive function, decrease volatility, and enhance classroom learning. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of the presence of a therapy dog on cortical activation patterns using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) during verbal fluency tests. This study is a directed undergraduate research project with student PI Ada Haensel. Please see the Research Projects tab for more on the current studies underway in the NeuroVoice Lab.

  • World Voice Day

    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    from 4:00pm-6:00pm
    at Bavaro Hall Courtyard and Atrium
    Saturday, April 20, 2019
    from 7:00pm-10:00pm
    at the Front Porch on the Downtown Mall

    Please join us as we celebrate World Voice Day at two events this year. First on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Bavaro Hall we have our University World Voice Day Event with a concert featuring UVA and community performers in the Courtyard and information on Voice Health, UVA Voice Services, the NeuroVoice Lab, and the Communication Science & Disorders undergraduate and graduate programs. Then on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 7:00pm-10:00pm join us on the Downtown Mall at the Front Porch for our Community World Voice Day Concert!

    We are still looking for performers for this event. If interested, please contact Joanna Lott ( and Melanie Turner (

    Co-chairs of this event are Jim Daniero, Joanna Lott, and Nick Barone. World Voice Day Events are sponsored by: The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program (Dept of Human Services), Department of Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, The NeuroVoice Lab, and NSSHLA.