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Douglas F. Roth, M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP accepting new patients


Programs + Specialties
Training + Education Arizona State University; Indiana University; University of Pittsburgh
Board Certifications Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
NPI # 1730132515
Gender Male
Accepted Insurances View Accepted Insurances at Tufts MC + Floating Hospital

Locations + Directions

Tufts Medical Center
South Building, 1st Floor
800 Washington St., #823
Boston, MA 02215
Phone #: 617-636-2887
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Publications + National Presentations

Carroll, T.L., Piel,J., Parrillo, E. & Roth, D.F. (In Submission). High Prevalence of Glottic Insufficiency in Cases of Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD): Is a Diagnosis of Primary MTD sufficient? Journal of Voice.

Ingle, J., Roth, D.F., Shembel, A., Hebda, P. & Verdolini Abbott, K. (In Submission) Comparative Investigation of Biologic Effects of Two Vocal Loading Conditions in Human Subjects. Journal of Voice.

Carroll, T.L. & Roth D.F. (In Press). Assessment of the Voice Patient. In International Textbook of Otolaryngologic Principles and Practice. Eds. Ulloa, M.A., Rusko, J. and Amin, M.R. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

Roth, D.F. & Verdolini, K.V. (2014) Vocal Health and Pedagogy: Considerations from Biology and Motor Learning. In Perspectives on Teaching Singing. Eds. Harrison, S. and O’Bryan, J. Springer.

Roth, D.F., Bick, D.S., Barber, S.R. & Carroll, T.L. (2014). Vocal Fold Augmentation for the Treatment of Dysphonia in Essential Tremor. Paper presented at the 2014 Fall Voice Conference, San Antonia, TX.

Roth, D.F., Mildenhall, N., Parrillo, E. & Carroll, T.C. (2014) Incidence of True Vocal Fold Pathology in Patients with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Symptoms and the Absence of Dysphonia. Paper presented at the Voice Foundation’s 43rd Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA.

Gartner-Schmidt, J., Roth, D.F., Zullo, T.G. & Rosen, C (2013). Quantifying component parts of indirect and direct voice therapy related to different voice disorders. Journal of Voice, 27(2), 210-216.

Roth, D.F., Verdolini Abbott, K, Carroll, T.L., & Ferguson, B.J. (2013). Evidence for primary laryngeal inhalant allergy: a randomized, double-blinded crossover study. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, 3(1), 10-18.

Roth, D.F. & Carroll, T.C. (2013) Differential Diagnosis: Laryngopharyngeal Reflux or Laryngeal Inhalant Allergy? Paper presented at the 2013 Fall Voice Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Roth, D.F. & Ferguson, B.J. (2010). Vocal allergy: recent advances in understanding the role of allergy in dysphonia. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 18, 176-181.


Douglas Roth began his career as a classical singer before training as a speech-language pathologist. He holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Arizona State University and a master’s degree in speech pathology from Indiana University. He specializes in adult and pediatric voice disorders, care of the professional voice, adult and pediatric breathing disorders such as paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder/vocal cord dysfunction and chronic cough, swallowing disorders and head and neck cancer. After completing his degree in speech-language pathology, he trained at the UPMC Pittsburgh Voice Center where he subsequently served as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Voice Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist. During that time he also worked in the lab of Katherine Verdolini Abbott at the University of Pittsburgh where he was involved with research in motor learning, vocal habilitation with school teachers and therapeutic outcomes of Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy and Casper-Stone Confidential Flow Therapy. He works with pediatric, adult and geriatric voice disorders for individuals with a wide variety of voice needs and vocal demands. His work with professional voice users includes teachers, lawyers, lecturers, individuals working in call centers, actors and singers. He has guided the vocal rehabilitation of singers in various genres ranging from classical, musical theater and jazz to hard rock. These have included professional singers from regional and touring musical theatre companies, professional opera houses, and international touring rock bands. As a teacher of singing and vocal pedagog, he is frequently invited to give vocal master classes at the university level and to present on vocal health, singer’s wellness and vocal pedagogy. He has an expertise in medical speech-language pathology and works closely with the department of otolaryngology. This includes extensive experience with a wide variety of swallowing disorders including stroke, traumatic head injury, ALS, MS, head and neck cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and geriatric swallowing problems. He regularly performs flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and modified barium swallow studies (MBS) as part of the evaluation process. He is the primary therapist for patients with head and neck cancer addressing issues related to speech and swallowing and has established a program to help preserve maximal swallowing function through the chemo radiation process. He works closely with patients after laryngectomy to restore voice and communication. He believes it is important to develop a personalized post-surgical plan with the otolaryngologist, the patient and their family for stoma care, communication modality and TEP prosthesis management. As a researcher, his current interests are with the effects of allergies on the voice, therapy efficacy and how people learn skilled vocal behaviors. In particular, he is interested in how instructions, feedback and directed attention should best be implemented to facilitate maximal and expedited learning for both vocal rehabilitation and singing instruction. So that others can practically implement knowledge from motor learning research, he frequently gives workshops locally and nationally in the application of motor learning principles for both vocal rehabilitation and singing instruction.

Professional Memberships

American Speech and Hearing Association
The Voice Foundation
National Association of Teachers of Singing