Voice and Speech Disorders Pioneer Named New CSD Chair

Posted on: August 31, 2015

CSD Chair Dimitar Deliyski in front of Oyer building

Dimitar Deliyski, a pioneer and international leader in the field of voice and speech disorders, has been awarded the designation of MSU Foundation Professor, the first for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Deliyski recently was named Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His appointment became effective Aug. 16, 2015.

The MSU Foundation Professor title is bestowed by MSU, with support from the MSU Foundation, as part of a new initiative to attract and retain top researchers critical to meeting the strategic initiatives of the university.

“The MSU Foundation Professors program helps the university compete for the best talent with a designation that is comparable to an endowed chair,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.

Deliyski comes to MSU from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he served as the Cotton Chair of Otolaryngology Research and Associate Director of the Communication Sciences Research Center. He also held academic appointments with the University of Cincinnati as a tenured Associate Professor in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and affiliated Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and he served as an Adjunct Professor with the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute at the University of South Carolina - Columbia.

"Dimitar is a great addition to our faculty,” said Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “He is an eminent researcher who is an asset to CSD and I am confident that he will play a key role in increasing interdisciplinary collaborations between our college and other units on campus."

A native of Bulgaria, Deliyski received his Ph.D. in Signal Processing from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1990. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis in 1990-1992. Deliyski has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Sofia Technical University, also in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Deliyski has an extensive publication record and is an international leader in laryngeal imaging and vocal analysis research.

His research interests have focused on improving the clinical assessment of voice and speech disorders, refining our understanding of the mechanisms of voice production, creating new methods for computer imaging of the vocal folds and for acoustic analysis of voice and speech, and improving the methods for speech recognition.

His research in human laryngeal imaging earned him the Manuel Garcia Prize at the World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics in 2010.

As a MSU Foundation Professor, Deliyski will receive five years of supplemental research support and will hold the MSU Foundation Professor designation permanently.

Administered through the MSU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the MSU Foundation Professor program is made possible with support from the MSU Foundation, Office of the Provost and the faculty member’s academic unit.

“MSU Foundation Professorships demonstrate the university’s commitment to invest in our outstanding faculty scholars and support their continued research trajectory,” said MSU Provost June Youatt.

Deliyski was able to attract funding for his research from the National Institute of Health as early as 1995 and has maintained continuous funding to date from various agencies and private entities, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Institute of Laryngology and Voice Restoration (ILVR).

For 10 years (1992-2002), Deliyski served as the Chief Scientist of two leading companies in medical instrumentation and speech technology – KayPentax of Lincoln Park, N.J., and VocalPoint Technologies of San Francisco, Calif.

“That was an unusual start of a scholarship, which allowed me to implement in the clinical practice many of my own, as well as other scholars’, scientific ideas,” Deliyski said. “Thus, I had the unique opportunity to translate research to directly change clinical practice on a worldwide scale, which consequently positioned me as an internationally recognized leader very early in my scientific and professional life.”

At KayPentax (now Pentax Medical Company, Montvale, N.J.), Deliyski led research and developed products that have become the industry standard for assessment and treatment of voice disorders globally. As the Principal Scientist at VocalPoint (now Nuance Communications in Burlington, Mass.), he played a key role in a technology start-up company, including leading their research, securing research funding, and venture capital.

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Message from the Chairperson

Posted on: March 5, 2015

Earlier this year we said good-bye to our former chair, Rahul Shrivastav, who has accepted a position as Vice President for Instruction at the University of Georgia. We are excited that the upward trajectory of the Department Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) will continue under the joint leadership of Johannes M. Bauer as the Interim Chairperson (also Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information in our college), and Eric Hunter as the Interim Associate Chairperson.

Johannes Bauer

Johannes M. Bauer, Ph.D. Interim Chairperson

Eric Hunter

Eric J. Hunter, Ph.D. Associate Interim Chairperson










CSD faculty are some of the world's leading experts, who work in state-of-the-art laboratories to "advance knowledge and transform lives" of people with communication disorders. Our research is primarily supported by external grant funding. Our nationally accredited Master's program can boast 100% employment rates. Our Doctoral program prepares students for exciting careers in research, teaching, administration or in the clinic. Our exceptional alumni represent our program all across the globe. Among the exciting new initiatives is a Minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, to be launched in the fall of 2015.

Overall, our Department is continuing its significant and exciting growth and restructuring. With the foundation of a rich history, we are preparing for the future by investing heavily in our faculty, students and infrastructure to further enhance our mission of research, teaching and service. Our goals and efforts have already resulted in significant advances, and we continue to work to make this one of the best programs in the world.

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Many reasons to celebrate

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Michigan State University has experienced several landmark changes in the last 30 years. Since 1984, MSU has had 5 Presidents, won a National Title in Basketball, won 2 Rose Bowls, and multiple Big-10 conference championships in athletics. In 2006, the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences became the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD). In these three decades, our Department has had 6 Chairpersons, and over 2,400 alumni!

The year 1984 also saw the beginning of the department's Study Abroad program. Dr. Leo Deal developed one of the first Study Abroad Programs in CSD called "Communication Disorders in the British Isles." Since its inception 30 years ago, over 400 CSD students have had the opportunity to learn and live in another country. This program continues to be the longest-running study abroad program in communicative disorders in the country! In 1994, Dr. Deal made a generous gift to the department to support international enrichment of students and faculty in CSD. This gift created an endowment that has helped hundreds of students participate in the study abroad program.

Many of you have participated in this program over the years, and I have personally heard many stories of how these experiences have impacted your life and careers. On this program's 30th anniversary, we invite you to join our celebration!

Join us for a reception at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), in Orlando, FL. On November 21, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. in the Coral Spring II room. We will honor Dr. Deal and will be joined by past directors of the study abroad program, several of our faculty, current students, alumni and friends. To RSVP for this event, please contact Dr. Peter LaPine at Givingto.msu.edu/1627. For more information, please contact Trajan Dubiel at or 517-353-5986.

If you have participated in the study abroad program, please share your memories - pictures, quotes, experiences - for the celebration at ASHA. We will display your memorabilia at the open house and compile a collection as a gift for Dr. Deal. You can send any materials via regular mail or email to Dr. Peter LaPine lapine@msu.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the department at 517-353-8780.

For more information about any of these opportunities, please visit our website. I look forward to celebrating this monumental occasion with you!


Rahul Shrivastav, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair

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Resurgent CSD Continues to Move Ahead

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Rahul Shrivastav Chair of MSU Communicative Sciences and DisordersGuest Blog by Rahul Shrivastav, Ph.D., Chair of Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Don't blink - things move fast in CSD!

In spring of 2012, Communicative Sciences and Disorders faculty got together to develop an ambitious plan that would elevate the department to international prominence. The goal was not merely to replicate other successful programs, but to build a unique department that would take advantage of the wide range of resources in CAS and MSU and serve as a model for the next generation of CSD programs. In doing so, we hoped to provide the best possible educational experience to our students, foster discoveries that would positively impact the community at large, and develop strong and meaningful partnerships with our alumni and collaborators. We are well on our way to achieving these goals.

Imparting the best educational experience to our students continues to be our highest priority. Our master's program melds the latest scientific discoveries with leading clinical practice standards into its curriculum.

While a strong academic preparation is essential for good clinical skills, CSD faculty realize that student success is influenced by several other factors as well. To ensure that we don't just prepare great speech-language pathologists but also develop future leaders, CSD has embarked on significant revisions to the M.A. program. These include several opportunities for experiential learning through clinical placements; inclusion of active learning and leadership opportunities within the graduate program; implementation of pedagogical techniques to enhance critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills; opportunities for active participation in research; and participation in a study abroad program tailored for CSD.

These efforts are clearly being noticed - applications for our M.A. program continue to rise (there were more than 300 applicants for the fall 2014 admission cycle!), student participation in research and the study abroad program is increasing rapidly, and M.A. students are taking an active role in organizing and participating in several campus events. Some of these include:

  • Students organize the annual "Oyer Lecture" series that brings prominent scientists and practitioners to MSU's campus. The 2014 event scheduled for Thursday, April 3, will feature Dr. Nidhi Mahendra from California State University, East Bay as the invited speaker. We anticipate more than 100 attendees at this event. For more details or to register, please see the Oyer Lecture web page.
  • Students organize the annual CSD Tailgate in September every year to welcome the incoming class as well as alumni and clinical supervisors. While the date for the 2014 event will be finalized soon, we hope to see several of you there.
  • Students present findings of their research at various scientific meetings around the country. Just last week, several students presented their research at the annual meeting of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) in Kalamazoo, Mich. Two students, Anna Hardenberg and Dana Flowerday, received the MSHA Foundation awards, while former CSD Chairperson, Leo Deal, received the Distinguished Service Award.
  • "Pizza-with-the-Profs" and the recently started "CSD Confab" present opportunities for CSD students and faculty to get together informally for discussions around academic and professional opportunities, future trends in professional practice, or other matters of interest.

Another priority for CSD is the research being conducted by our faculty. CSD faculty study communication disorders and seek to improve clinical outcomes for a variety of communicative impairments including dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, voice disorders, stuttering, impairments related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, and hearing loss. These studies often involve active collaborations across the MSU campus and involvement of the local community, with individuals from the surrounding areas eagerly volunteering their time to participate in research.

The department recently established four new laboratories while two more are currently under development. The investment in these laboratories is already having an impact. In the last couple of years, CSD has received more than $1 million annually in external funding for research from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense and has produced more than 50 scientific papers and presentations at major international meetings, which have also been disseminated in the news media.

Our alumni and benefactors are representatives of our rich history and continue to make us proud. Alumni and donors play a vital role in helping our students and faculty achieve success. Many alumni help mentor our students through clinical placements in their work places. Several endowments from alumni, former faculty, and friends of the department help fund faculty and students research or assist students with their financial needs. These endowments include:

  • The Herbert J. and E. Jane Oyer Fund to support an annual lecture series in CSD
  • The Valerie V. Wenner Endowed Scholarship to help students in financial need
  • The Leo V. Deal endowment to support international professional exchanges
  • The Richard W. and Nancy J. Heiss Endowment to support hearing research
  • The Ida Stockman Endowment to promote research in autism and multicultural activities

We honor our alumni through two annual events - the CSD Tailgate in September at MSU, and an alumni open house at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This year's Alumni Open House in Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2014), will be a special time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the study abroad program. If you have participated in CSD's study abroad program, we hope you will share your experiences with us and join us at the open house later this year. For more information about this event, or to share your memories, please contact me via email at rahul@msu.edu.

CSD continues to take bold steps forward. There is excitement and energy amongst the faculty, staff and students, and the results of various initiatives implemented in the last two years are just becoming evident. While much more work remains to be done, CSD continues to lay a path for others to follow!

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Posted on: September 4, 2013

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our website. Our department offers a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a doctoral degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and several undergraduate courses that prepare students for careers in allied health disciplines including Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Our faculty are some of the world's leading experts, who work in state-of-the-art laboratories to "advance knowledge and transform lives" of people with communication disorders. Continue reading

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