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Amanda I. Gillespie


Dr. Amanda I. Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Director of Speech Pathology, and Co-Director of the Emory Voice Center. She earned an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from New York University and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Gillespie leads a clinical research program that challenges existing voice therapy and diagnostic paradigms and examines the voice as a complex product of the entire body. Specifically, Dr. Gillespie's work reframes voice therapy as manipulation of everyday speaking habits and techniques. She mechanistically explores the interactions between the larynx and other body systems, particularly the respiratory system. Her approach to voice diagnosis and treatment research reflects this interest in interactions.
Dr. Gillespie's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and various local and national foundations. Dr. Gillespie has authored numerous publications and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

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Muscle Tension Dysphonia

Presented by Amanda I. Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Muscle Tension Dysphonia

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Video Runtime: 48 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 19 Minutes

Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) is one of the most common voice disorders. It has classically been divided into primary and secondary types. Primary MTD, the focus of this presentation, is best defined as a multifactorial voice disturbance in the absence of structural or neurologic abnormalities. MTD, often a diagnosis of exclusion, is known by many names, which reflects the challenge in identifying one term for a disorder that encompasses a variety of patient-reported symptoms and subjective and objective clinical representations. In this course, Dr. Gillespie will present the historical context of MTD, provide students with an accessible overview of the MTD literature, and discuss current trends in MTD treatment.

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Conversation Training Therapy

Presented by Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Amanda I. Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP

Conversation Training Therapy

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Video Runtime: 63 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 33 Minutes

Conversation Training Therapy (CTT) is a new voice treatment approach based on theories of motor learning. CTT eliminates the therapeutic hierarchy and treats a patient's voice problem using patient-driven conversation as the sole therapeutic stimulus. CTT has demonstrated efficacy in patients with muscle tension dysphonia and benign vocal fold lesions. This course will introduce the student to the scientific underpinnings of CTT and the primary therapeutic tenets of CTT, as well as provide practical troubleshooting tips.

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