Susanna Whitling


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UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences


I am registered speech and language pathologist and I am currently carrying out PhD studies in clinical medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University as a part of the Voice Group. My main research focus is vocal recovery. I am seated at the Department of Logopedics, Phoniatrics and Audiology at the University Hospital in Lund.

The title of my research project is Voice Health, Vocal Loading and Recovery. It is designed as an attempt to chart the processes which regulate vocal recovery after vocal loading in subjects with different vocal pathologies. A vocal loading test is used throughout the studies. The test entails oral reading in a studio for 10 to 30 minutes, the task is to make oneself heard through ambient babble, aired over a loud speaker. The vocal loading test is designed to assess the stamina of the subjects’ speaking voice. Among other things I will be examining the difference in vocal recovery, dependent on different voice care advice given in two groups of subjects who have undergone vocal fold surgery. In another study the differences in outcome of the vocal loading test will compare subjects who experience functional voice problems to varying degrees.

I am supervised by assistant professor and phoniatrician Roland Rydell and by registered speech pathologist and PhD Viveka Lyberg Åhlander. The work is financially supported by AFA Insurance and is a collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark. The project was launched in October 2012 and is estimated to be completed by 2016.

In addition to my PhD studies I teach future speech language pathologists, physicians and scientists the art and nature of interpersonal communication.

Recent research outputs

Susanna Whitling 2016 Lund: Lund University, Faculty of Medicine. 88 p.

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