Nicholas A Barone

Assistant Professor of Education; Director of the NeuroVoice Lab


  • Ph.D., James Madison University, 2015
  • M.S., Misericordia University, 2011
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Nicholas Barone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Communications Sciences & Disorders Program in the Department of Human Services. He is also the Director of the Neurophysiology of Voice, Communication, and Cognition (NeuroVoice) Lab. He holds a doctorate in Communication Sciences & Disorders from James Madison University and is an American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Certified Speech Language Pathologist. His clinical and academic focuses are in the treatment and evaluation of voice and swallowing disorders. His primary research explores neurophysiology voice production and perception as it relates to learning. Specifically, using his expertise in measuring cortical responses using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), he examines how changes in voice behaviors associated with learning to use the voice in a new way elicits changes in brain behavior. He also conducts research into voice quality terminology and collaborates clinical staff and medical faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery on clinical focused research on voice and swallowing.

Research Interests


  • Neurophysiology of voice, communication, and cognition
  • Neural bases of motor learning in voice therapy
  • Voice production and perception
  • Language perception and code switching
  • Voice quality terminology and definitions based in physiology
  • Therapy animals and the human brain

Publications


Peer Reviewed Publications

Barone, N.A., Ludlow, C.L. & Tellis, C.M. (2019, under review). Acoustic and aerodynamic comparisons of voice qualities produced after voice training. Journal of Voice.

Hess, H., Barone, N.A., & Daniero, J. (2018). Predicting patient needs for interdisciplinary services in a voice and swallowing center. Journal of Voice. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.10.005

Ludlow, C.L., Domangue, R., Sharma, D., Jinnah, H.A., Perlmutter, J.S., Berke, G., ... Barone, N.A., Drulia, T., & Blindauer, K. (2018). Consensus-based attributes for identifying patients with spasmodic dysphonia and other voice disorders. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. 144(8):657–665. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0644

McGarey Jr, P.O., Barone, N.A., Freeman, M., & Daniero, J.J. (2018). Comorbid Dysphagia and Dyspnea in Muscle Tension Dysphonia: A Global Laryngeal Musculoskeletal Problem. OTO Open, 2(3). doi.org/10.1177/2473974X18795671

Manasco, M.H., Barone, N.A., & Brown, A.R. (2010). A role for YouTube in telerehabilitation. International Journal of Telerehabilitation 2(2), 15-18. doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2010.6050

Other Publications

Barone, N.A. (2019, in press). Learned Helplessness. In Damico, J. S. & Ball, M. J. (eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Tellis, C.M., Barone, N.A., & Barone, O.R. (2016). Counseling. In Manasco, M. H., Introduction to neurogenic communication disorders, 2nd ed. (pp. 239-258). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Barone, N.A. (2011). The voice of the speech-language pathology major. The Voice, 16(2), 3-4.

Presentations (Select)


Barone, N. &Turner, M. (2019, May). Common Voice Quality Terms Create Difficulty for Raters and Singers. Presentation at the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium, Philadelphia, PA (Accepted).

Barone, N.A., Chaikulgnamdee, T., Roberts, E., Spong, J., Moore, E., Rooney, E., & Navarro, E., (2018). Examination of mirror neurons during categorical perception of non-native phonemes using fNIRS. Presentation at the Society for FNIRS International Convention, Tokyo, Japan.

Barone, N.A., Roberts, E., Turner, M., Moore, E.,* Rooney, E., Spong, J., & Navarro, E. (2018). Reducing habitual use of glottal fry in female SLP graduate students. Presentation at the ASHA Convention, Boston, MA.

Lempke, L.B., Fraser, J.J., Erdman, N.K., Barone, N.A., Saliba, S.A., & Resch, J.E. (2018). The Effects of cryotherapy on cortical hemodynamics and cognitive performance in healthy participants. Presentation at 2018 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. New Orleans, LA.

McGarey Jr, P.O., Barone, N.A., Freeman, M., & Daniero, J.J. (2018). Comorbid Dysphagia and Dyspnea in Muscle Tension Dysphonia: A Global Laryngeal Musculoskeletal Problem. Presentation at the Virginia Society of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach, VA.

Turner, M., Barone, N.A., Roberts, E., & Lott, J. (2018). The ability of singers & voice professionals to produce & discriminate between common voice qualities. Presentation at the ASHA Convention, Boston, MA.

Hess, H., Barone, N.A., & Daniero, J. (2017). Understanding referrals to an interdisciplinary voice & swallowing clinic. Presentation at the ASHA Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Barone, N.A., Chaikulngamdee, T., Balogh, B., Mott, R., Handler, E., & Turner, M. (2017). Motor mirror neuron activation during categorical perception. Presentation at the ASHA Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Lott, J., Barone, N.A., & Daniero, J. (2017). Current utilization of stimulability during the voice evaluation: for predicting therapy. Presentation at Fall Voice Conference, Washington, DC.

Ludlow, C.L., Domangue, R., Sharma, D., Jinnah, H., Perlmutter, J.S., Barone, N.A. & Stebbins, G. (2017). Attributes for identifying patients with symptoms of spasmodic dysphonia and other voice disorders. Presentation at American Broncho-Esophagological Assoc. 97th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Barone, N.A., Kamarunas, E.E., & Ludlow, C.L. (2016). Changes in Cortical Control for Singing Onset with Increases in Task Difficulty. Presentation at the Society for FNIRS International Convention, Paris, France.

Barone, N.A., Ryoo, J.H., & Kamarunas, E.E. (2016). How we determine baseline measures and its impact on results: A reflective discussion. Presentation at the Society for FNIRS International Convention, Paris France.

Barone, N.A., Tellis, C.M., & Ludlow, C.L. (2015). Discriminating four voice quality conditions using acoustic and aerodynamic measurements. Presentation at the ASHA Convention, Denver, CO.