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Keynote Speakers

Sid Khosla

Sid Khosla is nationally known for his expertise in vocal cord and airway reconstruction. Under the direction of the only fellowship-trained laryngologist in the region, his team provides several methods to view the larynx, evaluate vocal conditions, examine and evaluate voice conditions. The UC Health Performance & Professional Voice Center has built relationships with the local and national voice and singing community to become the premier center in Cincinnati treating patients from the Cincinnati Opera, College of Conservatory Music at the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Symphony, and traveling artists performing in the Cincinnati area

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Khosla is a leader in the field pioneering new techniques to treat voice and swallowing disorders. He has been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Khosla is well-qualified to integrate cutting-edge research findings into clinical care. A devoted member of the Cincinnati community, Dr. Khosla serves as a member of the Cincinnati Opera Board. 


Mara Behlau

Mara Behlau is a speech-language-pathologist, voice specialist, as well as an executive coach and consultant on communication, carrying out media training, interviewing skills and competence on communication programs for executives (corporate speech-language pathology). Currently, she is a professor at UNIFESP (Universidade Federal de São Paulo). Her main interests are communicative competence, human development, executive coaching, team coaching, negotiation, and leadership.

Dr. Behlau has authored and organized dozens of papers and books on voice and has contributed to the development and coordination of several didactic, acoustic programs and APPs for voice education, evaluation, and treatment for voice disorders. She has also developed materials for the lay public on voice problems in adults, children, teachers, and singers. Dr. Behlau is the director of the “Centro de Estudos da Voz - CEV”, offering a 2-year graduate program for SLP in voice specialization.

Dr. Behlau was president of the “Brazilian Society for Laryngology and Voice” (“Sociedade Brasileira de Laringologia e Voz – SBLV”) and vice-president of the “Brazilian Society of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology (“Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia” – SBFa). She is the immediate past president of the “International Association for Logopedics and Phoniatrics – IALP” and the current president of the “Brazilian Society of Speech-language Pathology and Audiology (“Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia” – SBFa). Finally, she is Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution in International Achievement from ASHA


Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson’s research primarily focuses on researching the biomechanics of human voice production. One of the core elements of his research activities is the development of synthetic vocal fold models that can be used as tools for studying fluid-structure-acoustic interactions of voice production. Broadly speaking, he enjoys studying systems in nature in which fluid motion and structural elasticity are closely coupled. He has been a principal or co-investigator on over $4 million in external research grants, primarily from the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Dr. Thomson is a past Associate Editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR). He is a past recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

Dr. Thomson joined the faculty of the Brigham Young University (BYU) Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2004 after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from BYU (1999, 2000) and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University (2004). From 2014 to 2016 he taught mechanical engineering at BYU-Idaho (a sister institution of BYU), returning to BYU in the summer of 2016. He and his wife and their six children lived in Erlangen, Germany from 2011 to 2012 while he was a visiting faculty member at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He also spent time as a visiting faculty researcher at Wright Patterson Air Force Base during the summer of 2008.

Dr. Thomson was born and raised in Idaho, lived in New Zealand from 1992 to 1994, is semi-conversant in the Tongan Polynesian language, and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and distance running


Anne-Maria Laukkanen

Anne-Maria Laukkanen is educated as a speech scientist (phonetician) and speech trainer. She works at the Speech and Voice Research Laboratory, University of Tampere, Finland, since 2001  as a full-time professor of Speech Technique and Vocology. Her primary research interests include effects and bases of vocal exercises, effects and mechanisms of vocal loading, and applicability of various research methods in vocological research. Her long-term topic in research has been the use of tubes in voice training and therapy. She has been involved in studies on tubes since 1990, working in collaboration with many national and international research teams.