Lisa Kelchner, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S

Clinical Research Speech Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-558-8518

Fax 513-558-8510


Voice and swallowing disorders
Lisa Kelchner, MD, is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati, where she is dedicated to the graduate education and training of future clinicians and researchers. She currently teaches graduate coursework in the area of voice and swallowing disorders to both campus and distance learning students. Research areas of interest include swallowing, voice and complex airway disorders. She is actively involved in basic, translational, and clinical research focused on how the voice can be used to indicate the competence of the larynx in airway protection and investigating the role of lingual pressures in swallowing disorders. She has established a voice and swallowing research lab at the University of Cincinnati where master's and doctoral students have collaborative projects with area hospitals and physician practices. Since 2005, Dr. Kelchner has been a clinical research affiliate in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center where she is part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to the clinical care and research of voice outcomes in children who post airway reconstruction. Dr. Kelchner has numerous publications and regularly contributes presentations to scientific and clinical forums.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

Certification: Board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders (2005-current); Clinical Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology (1978-current).

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Kelchner LN, Weinrich B, Brehm SB, Tabangin ME, de Alarcon A. Characterization of supraglottic phonation in children after airway reconstruction. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2010 Jun;119(6):383-90.

Murugappan S, Boyce S, Khosla S, Kelchner L, Gutmark E. Acoustic characteristics of phonation in "wet voice" conditions. J Acoust Soc Am. 2010 Apr;127(4):2578-89.

Musser J, Kelchner L, Neils-Strunjas J, Montrose M. A Comparison of Rating Scales Used in the Diagnosis of Extraesophageal Reflux. J Voice. 2010 Mar 2.

Groves-Wright KJ, Boyce S, Kelchner L. Perception of wet vocal quality in identifying penetration/aspiration during swallowing. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2010 Jun;53(3):620-32.

de Alarcon A, Brehm SB, Kelchner LN, Meinzen-Derr J, Middendorf J, Weinrich B. Comparison of pediatric voice handicap index scores with perceptual voice analysis in patients following airway reconstruction. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 Aug;118(8):581-6.

Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Zieser M, Kelchner L, Middendorf J, Elluru R, de Alarcon A. Aerodynamic and acoustic assessment in children following airway reconstruction: an assessment of feasibility. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 Jul;73(7):1019-23.

Kelchner LN, Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Middendorf J, deAlarcon A, Levin L, Elluru R. Perceptual evaluation of severe pediatric voice disorders: rater reliability using the consensus auditory perceptual evaluation of voice. J Voice. 2010 Jul;24(4):441-9.

Kelchner LN, Miller CK. Current research in voice and swallowing outcomes following pediatric airway reconstruction. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jun;16(3):221-5. Review.

Krival K, Kelchner LN, Weinrich B, Baker SE, Lee L, Middendorf JH, Zur KB. Vibratory source, vocal quality and fundamental frequency following pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Aug;71(8):1261-9.


Kelchner, L.; Brehm, S.; and Weinrich, B.: Pediatric Voice: A Modern, Collaborative Approach to Care. Plural Publishing, Inc.: 1st ed., 2014.