Biography

David S. Ford, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Voice & Upper Airway Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University. He has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since graduating with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duquesne University in 2011.

Dr. Ford previously served as Clinic Director at the Center for Speech-Language Services and Assistant Professor within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Thiel College. He received his doctoral degree from Michigan State University. During his tenure at MSU, Dr. Ford was awarded the #iteachMSU Educator Award and worked in Dr. Dimitar Deliyski’s Voice & Speech Lab, as well as Dr. Eric Hunter’s Voice Biomechanics and Acoustics Lab.

Primary research interests include improving voice evaluation efforts, most notably through the use of high-speed videoendoscopy. Other research interests include intra- and inter-personal factors impacting voice use, the effects of hydration on vocal fatigue, and vocal fold pathology in professional voice users. In 2019, Dr. Ford participated in the Erasmus+ Programme, which allowed for travel to Bulgaria to work on research and collaborate on a Bulgarian Logopedics textbook at South-West University “Neofit Rilski.”

Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Ford spent 5 years treating patients with voice & swallowing disorders at Straka & McQuone, Inc., a private otolaryngology practice located just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. He completed his Clinical Fellowship at the Northwest Clinic for Voice & Swallowing Disorders at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

Dr. Ford has been featured in the ASHA Leader, the Liturgical Singer, and on the KDKA 6 O'Clock News. He formerly served as the Vice President of Membership & Ethical Practices on the Pennsylvania Speech Hearing Association (PSHA) executive board of directors from 2014-2016.

Education

Ph.D., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University, 2021
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, 2011
B.S., Health Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology, Duquesne University, 2010

Research Interests

  • Voice & Upper Airway Disorders
  • Laryngeal Imaging
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Management of Speech and Swallowing Related to Head and Neck Cancer
  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology

About

Ford, D. S., & Deliyski, D. (2021). Remotely collecting immediate voice production effects of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149(4), A83-A83.

Ford, D.S. (2021). Immediate effects of semi-occluded vocal tract exercises and the implications for clinical practice (Publication No. 28717951) [Doctoral dissertation, Michigan State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.  

Ghasemzadeh, H., Deliyski, D.D., Ford, D.S., Kobler, J., Hillman, R., Mehta, D. (2020). Method for vertical calibration of laser-projection transnasal fiberoptic high-speed videoendoscopy. Journal of Voice, 34(6), 847-861. PMID: 31151853.

Ghasemzadeh, H., Powell, M., Ford, D.S., Deliyski, D.D. (2023). A framework for generating reliable ground truths for laryngeal spatial segmentation tasks. Presented at the 15th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research (AQL), Phoenix, AZ, March 30-April 1, 2023.

Ghasemzadeh, H., Powell, M., Ford, D.S., Deliyski, D.D. (2023). Reliability of spatial segmentation of high-speed videoendoscopy and its temporal and spatial dependency. Abstracts: 52nd Annual Symposium of the Voice Foundation: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, PA, May 31-June 4, 2023.

Ford, D.S., Deliyski, D. (2022). Feasibility of remote voice recordings following semi-occluded vocal tract (SOVT) exercise.  Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.

Ford, D. S. (2022). Remote data collection of voice metrics: Successes and pitfalls. Invited talk presented at the Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Pittsburgh, PA, April 6-9, 2022.

Ghasemzadeh, H., Ford, D.S., Deliyski, D.D., Powell, M. (2021). Spatial segmentation of high-speed videoendoscopy with sub-pixel resolution using adaptive thresholding and double curve fitting.  Presented at the 14th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research (AQL), Bogota, Colombia (virtual meeting), June 7-10, 2021.

Ford, D.S., Banks, R., Hunter, E.J. (2019). Effect of hydration on perceived vocal effort during a vocal loading task.  Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.

Brownell, D. A., Banks, R., Bejarano, M. A., Ford, D.S., Campagnoli, T., Herrera, L., Lopez, P., Mendez Mora, J. A., Hicks, K., Phillips, M., Ramirez, J., LaPine, P., & Cantor-Cutiva, L.C. (2019). From theory to practice: Telepractice and voice therapy.  Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, East Lansing, MI.

Deliyski, D.D., Ghasemzadeh, H., Ford, D.S., Mehta, D., Shishkov, M., Bouma, B., Kobler, J., Zañartu, M., de Alarcon, A., & Hillman, R. (2019). Laser-projection system for and method for 3D calibrated laryngeal measurements using transnasal flexible fiberoptic high-speed videoendoscopy.  Poster session presented at the 13th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research (AQL), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Ghasemzadeh, H., Ford, D.S., Deliyski, D.D., Mehta, D., Kobler, J., & Hillman, R. (2019).  Calibration method for laser-projection transnasal flexible high-speed videoendoscopy. Abstracts: 48th Annual Symposium of the Voice Foundation: Care of the Professional Voice. Philadelphia, PA, May 29-June 2, 2019.

Ford, D.S., Tompkins, E., Cantor-Cutiva, L.C., & Hunter, E.J. (2018). Aerodynamic variability following repeated measures vocal loading task. Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.

Ford, D.S., Palmer, A., Bryans, L., Schindler, J., & Graville, D.J. (2013). The impact of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment on voice handicap and communication effectiveness. Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Certified Member
  • Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association (PSHA), Member
  • ASHA Special Interest Group 3: Voice and Upper Airway Disorders
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Certification