Medical Speech Pathology

Curiosity, Dialogue, and Knowledge

Dr. John Rosenbek


Jay Rosenbek is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida.  He has received the Honors of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and of the Academy for Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.  He is a Fellow in the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and has received the Kwana Award for Publication and the Kleffner Career Clinic Award.  He teaches motor speech disorders and runs a variety of out patient clinics for the evaluation and treatment of those with neurologic speech, language, and swallowing disorders.  His research interests include the early identification of Parkinson’s disease based on perceptual and acoustic speech abnormalities and neuroprotection.

Interview Questions and Answers


1. What got you interested in doing research in this field?

My mentor, Dr. Robert Wertz was continually funded for more than thirty years I wanted to be like him.


2. What was or is your most interesting research project and why?

The study of cold stimuli to treat dysphagia. Interesting because after four studies and fifteen years I still don’t know much about the treatment’s effects.


3. What area(s) in medical speech pathology need the most research now?

Treatment methodology


4. What is the most important advice you could give to a new clinician starting in the medical field?

Remember that you do not need to know. You do need to be thoughtful and humble.


5. Who did you look up to the most as you were beginning your career?

Robert T., Wertz, Tom Hixon, Ron Netsell, Fred Darley Leonard Lyle LaPointe


6. Do you believe SLPs should move to the Clinical Doctorate for entry level into the medical field?

I can’t figure out how I feel about this. I am on the fence. I do know that a professional doctorate has come to PT and is on its way for OT. Maintaining equality with the other rehab professions is compelling.


7. How can we incentivize more therapists to pursue the PhD?

Pay them. Convince them that data matter

8. What is the most exciting advancement in Speech Pathology that you have seen in the past few years?

Improved quality of care for those with dysphagia and an expanded interest in motor speech disorders


9. How long have you worked in the field?

42 years


10. What is a good book or research article about medical speech pathology that you would recommend?

Duffy’s Motor speech book


For a link to more information about Dr. Rosenbek’s current work and list of accomplishments click here!

One comment on “Dr. John Rosenbek

  1. Kathryn Kleckner
    July 24, 2016

    Jay-do you ever miss the VA hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where you got your start as a good public speaker?

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