Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Mary J. Sandage

Mary J. Sandage

Mary J. Sandage


1108 Haley Center
(334) 844-9646
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  • Ph.D. in Exercise Science, Auburn University
  • M.A. in Speech Language Pathology, The University of Iowa
  • B.A., in English, minor Linguistics, Iowa State University

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Mary J. Sandage
Associate Professor

Major Research areas

Hormonal influences on voice assessment measures and vocal function; Muscle bioenergetics and fatigue resistance aspects of voice function; environmental influences on voice function.

Classes Taught

  • CMDS 3400 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech
  • CMDS 4510 Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • CMDS 4540 Voice Disorders
  • CMDS 7510 Advanced Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • CMDS 7540 Advanced Voice Disorders
  • CMDS 7560 Craniofacial Anomalies
  • CMDS 7820 Dysphagia

Recent Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications:

  • Kluess, H., Neidert, L., LaMantia, A. Sandage, M.J., Plexico, L.W. (2019). Neuropeptide Y and Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV in normally cycling and post-menopausal women: A prospective pilot study. Medicine.
  • Lenell, C.M., Sandage, M.J., Johnson, A.M. (2019). Effects of sex hormones on laryngeal senescence and neuromuscular response to exercise. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 1-9,
  • Sandage, M.J. & Hoch, M. (2019). Training considerations for recital performance: framing vocal dose in a fatigue resistance training model. Journal of Singing, 75(4), 395-400
  • Sandage, M.J., Patel, R. (2018). Passive upper airway thermoregulation and high-speed assessment for conventional vs. menthol cigarette: implications for laryngeal physiology. Journal of Voice.
  • Guyton, K., Sandage, M.J., Plumb, A., Haak, N., Molt, L., & Bailey, D. (2018) Acquired velopharyngeal dysfunction: survey, literature review, and clinical recommendations. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 27, 1572-1597.  doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0222
  • Plexico, L.W. & Sandage, M. J. (2018) SLP knowledge and understanding of hormone influence on voice production. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups 3, 3(3), 47-55.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2018). Muscle fatigue physiology applied to the management of voice fatigue. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups 3(3), 7-11.  
  • Sandage, M.J. & Hoch, M. (2018). Exercise physiology: Perspective for vocal training. Journal of Singing 74(4), 417-423.
  • Ruddy, B.H. & Sandage, M.J. (2017). Treatment for cough: two sides to the story. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2(SIG3), 113-118.
  • Hague, D. & Sandage, M.J. (2017). Evaluating the effects of stress reduction techniques and Fitzmaurice Voicework® on physiologic markers and mental states related to performance anxiety in student actors. Voice and Speech Review, 1-10.
  • Hoch, M. & Sandage, M.J. (2017). Exercise Science Principles and the Vocal Warm-Up: Implications for Singing Voice Pedagogy. Journal of Voice 32(1), 79-84.
  • Sandage, M. J.  & Smith, A. G. (2017). Muscle bioenergetic considerations for intrinsic laryngeal skeletal muscle physiology. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(5), 1254-1263.
  • Smith, A. G., Sandage, M. J., Pascoe, D. D., Plexico, L. W., Lima, I., & Cao, G. (2017). Elementary school teachers’ vocal dose: muscle bioenergetic and training implications. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(7), 1831-1842.
  • Sandage, M. J., Rahn, K. A., Smith, A. G. (2017). Vocal ergonomics in the workplace: HVAC method influences on vocal comfort and function. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(2), 355-363.
  • Shembel, A.C., Sandage, M. J., & Verdolini Abbott, K. (2017). Episodic Laryngeal Breathing Disorders: Literature review and proposal of prelimary theoretical framework. Journal of Voice, 31(1), 125.e7-125.e16.

Recent Presentations:

  • Sandage, M.J. (2018). Sports Science & the Vocalist. 47th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, Voice Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2018). Upper airway thermoregulation during singing warm-up: Implications for epithelial airway surface liquid maintenance and intrinsic laryngeal skeletal muscle function. Pre-conference, 11th International Conference on Voice Physiology and Biomechanics, East Lansing, MI.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2018). Commercial voice rehabilitation from an exercise science perspective. Workshop, 15th Biennial Phonosurgery Symposium, Madison, WI
  • Hoffman-Ruddy, B. & Sandage, M.J. (2016). Management of Chronic Cough and Chronic Throat Clearing. Seminar, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2016). Optimal Voice Function – Predisposing, Precipitating, and Perpetuating Factors. Keynote, Second Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference, Byron Bay, Australia.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2016). PVFM in Athletes. Second Laryngology Society of Australasia Conference, Byron Bay, Australia.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2016). Keynote, Mindfulness based stress reduction principles applied to voice and upper airway care. Australian Voice Association, Byron Bay, Australia.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2016). Keynote, Professional voice: applying the principles of exercise science to habilitation and rehabilitation. Australian Voice Association, Byron Bay, Australia.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2016). Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion (PVFM) – Update on Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Efficacy. 14th Biennial Phonosurgery Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Grant Funding:

Multi-system Measurements of Hormonal Influence on Voice Production

        National Institutes of Health, NIDCD

        Principal Investigator: Laura Plexico, Ph.D.

        Co-Investigator:  Mary Sandage, Ph.D.

        Date of Re-Submission: November 2013

        Funded: $ 457,644

Vocal Ergonomics in the Workplace: Does HVAC Method Matter?

       College of Architecture, Design and Construction, Auburn University

       Principle Investigator: Keith Rahn, M.S.

       Co-Investigator:  Mary Sandage, Ph.D.

       Date of Submission: October 2013

             Total Award:  $5,000

In Vivo Measures of Vocal Function Response to Environmental Conditions

National Institutes of Health (NIDCD; 1F31DC010946-01A1) Principal Investigator: Mary Sandage, M.A., Doctoral Candidate

Dates of Award: January, 2011 to August, 2012

Total Award:   $62,601


Last Updated: February 05, 2020