Dean recommends new chair for CSD

Posted on: October 5, 2011

Rahul Shrivastav will be recommended as the new chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

His appointment as a tenured faculty member in the department is subject to approval by the MSU Board of Trustees. If approved, the appointment would be effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Shrivastav will come to MSU from the University of Florida, where he is a faculty member in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Services.

“The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has faculty with skills and a strong desire to make this one of the best programs in the country,” Shrivastav said. “The department can make significant contributions to the rapidly evolving knowledge base and technology in this field. By being at the forefront of knowledge and technology, we can develop innovative solutions to problems that affect people’s ability to communicate.”

“Rahul Shrivastav comes to MSU with a combination of talents that include significant scientific expertise in the field of communicative sciences and disorders, as well as a spirit of innovation and leadership in propelling this important discipline to new heights,” said Pamela Whitten, dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “He is a highly renowned scholar with an energetic vision for the department and collaboration ideas for the college and MSU.”

Shrivastav’s work on the study of voice has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. He also has received research funding for projects focusing on speech treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease or stroke.

He has authored or co-authored almost 30 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on committees of the Acoustical Society of America and the voice committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics. He also is associate editor for Voice, Folia Phoniatrica et logopedica, the official journal of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

Shrivastav is an alumnus of Indiana University, where he received his doctorate in speech and hearing sciences.

Photo courtesy of UF Health Science Center

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