Richard D. Andreatta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) and in the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program (RHB-DP), in the College of Health Sciences. Currently, Dr. Andreatta serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the CSD department and is the Director of Undergraduate Research for the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Andreatta received his Ph.D. in Speech Physiology and Neural Science in 1999 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Postdoctoral work in animal laryngeal neurophysiology was completed at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD. In 2019, Dr. Andreatta was elected as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Andreatta is the director of the Laryngeal & Speech Dynamics Lab. This shared facility contains several specialized hardware and software systems for testing, recording and analyzing orofacial sensory perception, orofacial muscle force, vocal tract aerodynamics, and trigemino-facial mechanically evoked reflexes. Other capabilities of the LSD lab include stroboscopic laryngeal imaging (ridged and flex-scoping), EGG, acoustic analyses of speech, and respiratory kinematics. Dr. Andreatta is currently active in two research areas encompassing different aspects of vocal tract physiology and behavior in both animal and human models. Other areas of academic interest include activity-dependent neuroplasticity, dynamical systems theory, and cognitive neuroscience.
Dr. Andreatta teaches undergraduate courses in the Communication Sciences & Disorders major including: CSD 378 – Anatomy & Physiology of Speech, CSD 402 – Speech Sciences, and CSD 571 – Neural Bases of Speech & Language. He also teaches and mentors doctoral-level students in the RHB-DP in courses such as RHB 710 – Neuroplasticity in Rehabilitation Sciences, and in a variety of independent study experiences within the topical areas of communication neuroscience, sensorimotor integration, speech sensorimotor control, experience-dependent neuroplasticity, dynamic systems theory, and selectionist theories of brain dynamics.
University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award - University of Kentucky Alumni Association - 2017
Kingston Award for Excellence in Teaching - College of Health Sciences, University of Kentucky - 2014
Teacher Who Made a Difference Award - College of Education - University of Kentucky - 2013
Finalist - Provost Outstanding Teaching Award - University of Kentucky - 2008
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