Donald A. Robin, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Donald Robin

Phone: (603) 862-3836
Office: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hewitt Hall Rm 153, Durham, NH 03824

My research, teaching and clinical work center on motor speech disorders, the neurobiology of speech and its disorders, treatment development efficacy and general motor control and learning. In particular, I work in the area of Apraxia of Speech, Parkinson’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. My research involves using data from behavioral, brain imaging and electrophysiological studies. I also have extensive expertise in the neural control of vocalization. Finally, I have interests in mindfulness and improvisation and the relation to CSD. I teach courses in motor speech disorders, voice and voodoo science to name a few. I love clinical work including supervising students. I welcome students with open arms into my laboratory and hope you will drop by to visit.

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Courses Taught

  • COMM 610: Fact, Fiction, Fraud
  • COMM 702/802: Principles of Intervention
  • COMM 724: Senior Capstone
  • COMM 798/895: Spc Top/Desgn New Treat Progra
  • COMM 823: Voice Disorders
  • COMM 824: Motor Speech Disorders
  • HHS 697W: Writing in Health and Hum Serv
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis


  • Ph.D., Communications, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.S., University of Redlands
  • B.A., Boston University

Research Interests

  • Clinical Trial
  • Communicative Disorders, Speech
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Speech/Language Therapy

Selected Publications

  • Aytur, S., Doyle, M., Roy, G., Ray, K., Meier, S., & Robin, D. (2022). Linking fMRI, Pain and Addictions.. In Handbook of Substance Misuse and Addictions From Biology to Public Health. Springer Nature.

  • Ramage, A. E., Ray, K. L., Franz, H. M., Tate, D. F., Lewis, J. D., & Robin, D. A. (2022). Cingulo-Opercular and Frontoparietal Network Control of Effort and Fatigue in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 15. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2021.788091

  • Miller, H. E., Ballard, K. J., Campbell, J., Smith, M., Plante, A. S., Aytur, S. A., & Robin, D. A. (2021). Improvements in Speech of Children with Apraxia: The Efficacy of Treatment for Establishing Motor Program Organization (TEMPOSM). DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROREHABILITATION, 24(7), 494-509. doi:10.1080/17518423.2021.1916113

  • Aytur, S. A., Ray, K. L., Meier, S. K., Campbell, J., Gendron, B., Waller, N., & Robin, D. A. (2021). Neural Mechanisms of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Network-Based fMRI Approach. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 15. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2021.587018

  • Meier, S. K., Ray, K. L., Waller, N. C., Gendron, B. C., Aytur, S. A., & Robin, D. A. (2021). Network Analysis of Induced Neural Plasticity Post-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain. BRAIN SCIENCES, 11(1). doi:10.3390/brainsci11010010

  • Smallwood, R. F., Laird, A. R., Ramage, A. E., Parkinson, A. L., Lewis, J., Clauw, D. J., . . . Robin, D. A. (2013). Structural Brain Anomalies and Chronic Pain: A Quantitative Meta-Analysis of Gray Matter Volume. JOURNAL OF PAIN, 14(7), 663-675. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2013.03.001

  • Kochunov, P., Ramage, A. E., Lancaster, J. L., Robin, D. A., Narayana, S., Coyle, T., . . . Fox, P. (2009). Loss of cerebral white matter structural integrity tracks the gray matter metabolic decline in normal aging. NEUROIMAGE, 45(1), 17-28. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.11.010

  • Seddoh, S. A., Robin, D. A., Sim, H. S., Hageman, C., Moon, J. B., & Folkins, J. W. (1996). Speech timing in apraxia of speech versus conduction aphasia.. J Speech Hear Res, 39(3), 590-603. doi:10.1044/jshr.3903.590

  • Robin, D. A., Tranel, D., & Damasio, H. (1990). Auditory perception of temporal and spectral events in patients with focal left and right cerebral lesions.. Brain Lang, 39(4), 539-555. doi:10.1016/0093-934x(90)90161-9

  • Klouda, G. V., Robin, D. A., Graff-Radford, N. R., & Cooper, W. E. (1988). The role of callosal connections in speech prosody.. Brain Lang, 35(1), 154-171. doi:10.1016/0093-934x(88)90106-x

  • Most Cited Publications