Donald Robin

Phone: (603) 862-3836
Office: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Hewitt Hall Rm 153, Durham, NH 03824
Donald A. Robin, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

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.

You can find my publications at:


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • COMM 610: Fact, Fiction, Fraud
  • COMM 702/802: Principles of Intervention
  • COMM 724: Senior Capstone
  • COMM 823: Voice Disorders
  • COMM 824: Motor Speech Disorders
  • COMM 906: Voice Disorders
  • HHS 697W: Writing in Health and Hum Serv
  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis

Selected Publications

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., Price, L. R., Campbell, J. L., Garrett, A. S., Atalla, S. W., Monroe, T. B., . . . Robin, D. A. (2019). Network Alterations in Comorbid Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction: An Exploratory Approach. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 13. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2019.00174

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

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