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Richard Andreatta, PhD
Office Location: 

Room 120-F Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0523
Position Title: 
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Richard D. Andreatta is an Associate Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) and in the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program (RHB-DP), both located within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Sciences. He is also a faculty associate with the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the UK Medical Center.  Currently, Dr. Andreatta serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the CSD program.  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.

Scholarly Interests
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.

  • Laryngeal Muscle Physiology​ - NIH-funded project (co-investigator) to define the responsiveness of laryngeal muscle to re-model under fictive endurance training conditions in aging rodent models. Related work includes (1) studies using exogenous growth factors to improve laryngeal muscle function in aging animal models, and (2) anatomical investigations of the mouse laryngeal complex.
  • Orofacial Sensory Physiology - Current studies are investigating the orofacial somatosensory detection capacities of both healthy young and aging individuals during the performance of low-level force orofacial control tasks. Other experiments include investigations of movement-related sensory gating in orofacial systems and sensory neuroplasticity in the orofacial system of exquisitely trained and skilled subject populations.

Educational Focus
Dr. Andreatta teaches undergraduate courses in the Communication Sciences & Disorders program 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 network models of brain function. 

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

  • Andreatta, R.D., Stemple, J.C., Seward, T.S., & McMullen, C.A. (in press). Subcutaneous neurotrophin 4 infusion using osmotic pumps or direct muscular injection enhances aging rat laryngeal muscles. Journal of Visualized Experiments.
  • Etter, N.M., Van Meter, E.M., & Andreatta, R.D. (in press).  Aging effects on somatosensory perception and fine force control in the adult human orofacial system. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bane, M., Angadi, V., Andreatta, R.D., & Stemple, J.C. (in press).  Vocal Function Exercises for Normal Voice: The effects of varying dosage.  International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Croake, D., Stemple, J.C., & Andreatta, R.D. (2017). Immediate effects of the vocal function exercise semi-occluded mouth posture on glottal airflow parameters: A preliminary study. Journal of Voice, doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.08.009
  • Stemple, J.C., Andreatta, R.D., Seward, T.S., Angadi, V., Dietrich, M., & McMullen, C.A. (2016). Enhancement of aging rat laryngeal muscles with endogenous growth factors. Physiological Reports, May;4(10). pii: e12798. doi: 10.14814/phy2.12798.
  • Etter, N.M., Van Meter, E.M., Andreatta, R.D. (2016).  The relationship between labial vibrotactile detection and pure-tone hearing thresholds in healthy, aging adults. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 89-96.
  • Etter, N.M., Van Meter, E.M., Andreatta, R.D. (2014).  Labial vibrotactile somatosensory perception: A pilot study in healthy aging versus young adult participants. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 118(3), 1-14.
  • Croake, D., Uhl, T., Archer, S., Stemple, J., Andreatta, R. (2014).  Reliability of clinical office-based laryngeal electromyography in vocally healthy adults.  Annals of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 123(4), 271-278.
  • Hoch, M., Mullineaux, D.R., Andreatta, R.D., English, R.A., Medina-Mckeon, J.M., Mattacola, C.G., Mckeon, P.O. (2014).  Effect of a 2-week joint mobilization intervention on single-limb balance and ankle arthrokinematics in those with chronic ankle instability.   Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 23(1), 18-26.
  • Hoch, M.C., Andreatta, R.D., Mullineaux, D., English, R., McKeon, J., Mattacola, C., McKeon, P. (2012). A 2-week joint mobilization intervention improves self-reported function, range of motion, and dynamic balance in those with chronic ankle instability.  Journal of Orthepaedic Research, 30(11), 1798-804.
  • Dietrich, M., Andreatta, R.D., Jiang, Y., Joshi, A., Stemple, J.C. (2012).  Preliminary findings on the relation between the personality trait of stress reaction and the central neural control of human vocalization. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(4), 377-389.
  • Danzl, M.M., Etter, N.M., Andreatta, R.D., & Kitzman, P.H. (2012).  Facilitating neurorehabilitation through principles of engagement.  Journal of Allied Health, 41(1), 35-41.
  • Hoch, M.C., McKeon, P.O., & Andreatta, R.D. (2012).  Plantar cutaneous vibrotactile detection threshold alterations are present in those with chronic ankle instability.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(4), 666-672.
  • McMullen C., Butterfield T., Dietrich M., Andreatta R.D., Andrade P., Fry L., & Stemple J. (2011).  Chronic stimulation-induced changes in the laryngeal rodent muscle. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 54(3), 845-853.
  • Joshi A., Jiang Y., Stemple J., Archer S. & Andreatta R. (2011).  Induced unilateral vocal fold paralysis and recovery rapidly modulates brain areas related to phonatory behavior: A case study. Journal of Voice, 25(2), e53-59.
  • Andreatta R.D., Stemple J., Joshi A., & Jiang Y. (2010).  Task-related differences in temporo-parietal cortical activation during human phonatory behaviors. Neuroscience Letters, 484(1), 51-55.
  • Davidow, J.H., Bothe, A.K., Richardson, J., & Andreatta, R.D. (2010). Systematic studies of modified vocalization: Effects of speech rate and instatement style during metronome stimulation.  Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 53(6), 1579-1594.
  • Fry L.T., Stemple J., Andreatta R.D., Harrison A., & Andrade F. (2010).  Effect of dystrophin deficiency on selected intrinsic laryngeal muscles of the mdx mouse, Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 53, 633-647.
  • Andreatta, R.D. (2010).  Basic electronics theory for the practicing clinician.  Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, Vol. 20, 47-54. doi:10.1044/ssod20.2.47
  • Andreatta, R.D., & Barlow, S.M. (2009).  Somatosensory gating is dependent on the rate of force recruitment in the human perioral system. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 52(6), 1566-1578.
  • Thomas, LB, Stemple, JC, Andreatta, RD, & Andrade, FH (2009). Establishing a new animal model for the study of laryngeal function and disease: An anatomic study of the mouse larynx. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 52(3), 802-811.  
  • Davidow, J.H., Bothe, A.K., Andreatta, R.D., & Ye, J. (2009). Measurement of phonated intervals during four fluency-inducing conditions.  Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, 52(1), 188-205.
  • Andreatta, R.D. (2008).  Sensorimotor elements of the orofacial system: Reviewing the basics.  Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, Vol. 18, 51-61. doi:10.1044/ssod18.2.51
  • Andreatta, R.D. & Davidow J.H. (2006).  Mechanical frequency and stimulation site related differences in vibrotactile detection capacity along the lip vermilion in young adults.  Clinical Oral Investigations, 10(1), 17-22.
  • Bothe, A.K., & Andreatta, R.D. (2004).  Quantitative and Qualitative Research Paradigms: Thoughts on the quantity and the creativity of stuttering research.  International Journal of Speech Language Pathology (formerly Advances in SLP), 6(3), 167-173. 
  • Andreatta, R.D., Davidow, J.H., & Scott, A.T. (2003).  Low-level static lip force control does not alter vibrotactile detection thresholds in the human orofacial system.  Experimental Brain Research, 151, 548-52.
  • Andreatta, R.D., & Barlow, S.M. (2003).  Force-related mechanosensory gating of perceptual detection thresholds in the human orofacial system.  Experimental Brain Research, 149, 75-82.
  • Andreatta, R.D., Mann, E.A., Poletto, C., & Ludlow, C.L. (2002).  Mucosal afferents mediate laryngeal adductor responses in the cat.  Journal of Applied Physiology 93, 1622-1629.
  • Barlow, S.M., Finan, D.S., & Andreatta, R.D. (1997).  Neuronal groups selection and emergent orofacial motor control: Towards a unifying theory of speech development.  In W. Hulstijn, H.F.M. Peters, & P.H.H.M. Van Leishout (Eds.),  Speech Production: Motor control, brain research, and fluency disorders  - Proceedings of the Nijmegen Speech Motor Control Conference (pp. 529-546).  Netherlands: Elsevier.
  • Andreatta, R.D., Barlow, S.M., Biswas, A., & Finan, D.S. (1996).  Mechanosensory modulation of perioral neuronal groups during active force dynamics.  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 39 (5), 1006-1017.
  • Andreatta, R.D., Barlow, S.M., & Finan, D.S. (1994).  Modulation of the mechanically evoked perioral reflex during active force dynamics in young adults.  Brain Research, 646, 175-179.
  • Barlow, S.M., Finan, D.S., Bradford, P.T., & Andreatta, R.D. (1993). Transitional properties of the mechanically evoked perioral reflex from infancy through adulthood.  Brain Research, 623, 181-188. 

Chapters in Books

  • Andreatta, R.D. (under development). Neuroscience Fundamentals for Communication Sciences & Disorders, San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Andreatta, R.D., & Etter, N.M (2017).  Sensory Systems.  In B, Rousseau & R. Branski (Ed.), Anatomy and Physiology of Speech. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers.
  • Stemple, J., Fry, L., & Andreatta, R.D. (2013).  Laryngeal Muscle Response to Neuromuscular Diseases and Specific Pathologies.  In F. Andrade & L. McLoon (Ed.), Craniofacial Muscles. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Dietrich, M., & Andreatta, R.D. (2011). The Applications of Surface Electromyography to Assess Stressor-Evoked Changes in Extralaryngeal Functioning.  In E. Ma & E.Yu (Ed.),  Handbook of Voice Assessments.  San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
  • Andreatta, R.D. (2010). Chapter 5 – Speech Science.  In D.M. Ruscello (Ed.), Mosby’s Review Questions for the SLP PRAXIS Examination (pp. 48-59). New York, NY: Mosby-Elsevier Publishing.
  • Barlow, S.M., Finan, D.S. Andreatta, R.D. & Boliek, C  (2009).  Kinematic measurement of the human vocal tract. In M. McNeil (Ed), The Clinical Management of Sensorimotor Speech Disorders (2nd ed) (pp. 80-99). New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers. 
  • Barlow, S.M., Andreatta, R.D., & Kahane, J. (1999).  Muscle systems of the vocal tract.  In S.M. Barlow (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Speech Physiology (pp. 1-99).  San Diego, CA: Singular.
  • Barlow, S.M., Farley, G.R., & Andreatta, R.D. (1999).  Neural systems in speech physiology.  In S.M. Barlow (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Speech Physiology (pp. 101-163).  San Diego, CA: Singular. 
  • Barlow, S.M., Bradford, P.T. & Andreatta, R.D. (1999).  Orofacial force physiology.  In S.M. Barlow (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Speech Physiology (pp. 303-346).  San Diego, CA: Singular.

Teaching Awards

  • 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