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: Voodoo Science
  • COMM 824: Motor Speech Disorders
  • COMM 905: Motor Speech Disorders
  • COMM 906: Voice Disorders
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Comm Sci & Disorders
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Comm Sci & Dis
  • NSB 799H: Honors Senior Thesis

Selected Publications

Ballard, K. J., Azizi, L., Duffy, J. R., McNeil, M. R., Halaki, M., O Dwyer, N., . . . Robin, D. A. (2016). A predictive model for diagnosing stroke-related apraxia of speech. Neuropsychologia, 81, 129-139.

Larson, C. R., & Robin, D. A. (2016). Sensory processing: advances in understanding structure and function of pitchshifted auditory feedback in voice control. AIMS Neuroscience, 3, 22-39.

New, A., Ramage, A., Robin, D., & Tate, D. (2016). Neural Correlates of Sense of Effort in Active Duty Military Members with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (P4. 052). Neurology, 86, P4-052.

Smallwood, R. F., Potter, J. S., & Robin, D. A. (2016). Neurophysiological mechanisms in acceptance and commitment therapy in opioid-addicted patients with chronic pain. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 250, 12-14.

Robin, D. A., Royer, F. L., & Abbas, P. J. (2016). The Perception of Repetitive Auditory Temporal Patterns Donald A. Robin. Auditory Processing of Complex Sounds.

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. The 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. K., Robin, D. A., Sim, H. -S., Hageman, C., Moon, J. B., & Folkins, J. W. (1996). Speech Timing in Apraxia of Speech Versus Conduction Aphasia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 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 and Language, 39(4), 539-555. doi:10.1016/0093-934x(90)90161-9

KLOUDA, G. (1988). The role of callosal connections in speech prosody*1. Brain and Language, 35(1), 154-171. doi:10.1016/0093-934x(88)90106-x

Most Cited Publications