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Mary J. Sandage

Mary J. Sandage

Jane Dickson Lanier Professor


Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Mary J. Sandage

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1108 Haley Center

Office Hours

By Appointment


PhD, Auburn University

MA, University of Iowa

BA, Iowa State University

About Me

Fellow, American Speech Language Hearing Association

Recognized Vocologist, Pan American Vocology Association


Voice Physiology Lab

Research Interests

Hormonal influences on voice function; muscle bioenergetics, performance, & fatigue aspects of voice physiology; upper airway disorder (chronic cough, ILO/EILO) differential diagnosis and standardization of clinical outcomes; healthcare disparities


Selected Publications

  • Scott, A., Plexico, L.W., Sandage, M.J., & Plumb, A.M. (accepted, 4/27/23). The development of speech-language pathologists’ counseling self-efficacy. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders.
  • Kent, S.A.K, Fletcher, L., Morgan, A., Morton, M., Hall, R.J., & Sandage, M.J. (2023). Updated acoustic normative data through the lifespan: A scoping review. Journal of Voice.
  • Patel, R.R. & Sandage, M.J., Arroyo, L.G. (2023). High-speed videoendoscopic and acoustic characteristics of inspiratory phonation. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 66(4), 1192-1207.
  • Tye, S., Hamilton, M-B, Speights Atkins, M., Weaver, A.J., Dillon, K.W., & Sandage, M.J.C (2023). Perceptions of employability related to severity of hypernasality: A pilot study. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 1-19.
  • Sandage, M.J., Milstein, C.F., & Nauman, E.A. (2023). Inducible laryngeal obstruction differential diagnosis in adolescents and adults: A tutorial. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 32(1), 1-17.
  • Morton, M.E.,G,C Gibson-Young, L., & Sandage, M.J., (2022). Framing Disparities in Access to Medical Speech-Language Pathology Care in Rural Alabama. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 31(6), 2847-2860.
  • Morton, M.E.G,C & Sandage, M.J. (2022). Sex and Race Reporting and Representation in Non-Cancerous Voice Clinical Trials: A Meta-Analysis of NIH-Registered Research between 1988-2021. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 65(7), 2594-2607.
  • Allison, L.H., Cutchin, G.M., Snell, E.N., & Sandage, M.J. (2022). 28 Days in the Life of a Vocal Pathology: A Case Study of Videolaryngostroboscopy, Acoustic, and Perceptual Variability. Journal of Voice, 36(5), 732.e21-732.e31.
  • Sandage, M. J., Ostwalt, E. S., Allison, L. H., Cutchin, G. M., Morton, M. E., & Odom, S. C. (2021). Irritant-Induced Chronic Cough Triggers: A Scoping Review and Clinical Checklist. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology30(3), 1261-1291.
  • Morton, M., Brown, M., Easter, S., & Sandage, M.J. (2021). Potential risks for healthcare disparities among individuals with voice and upper airway disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Voice.
  • Bustamante, D.A.G, Plumb, A.M., Bailey, D.J., & Sandage, M.J.C (2021). Use of NMES for swallowing habilitation in neonatal intensive care units: a survey of clinical practice. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.
  • Afroj, S., Brannen, A.D., Nasrin, S., Mouslem, A.A., Hathcock, T., Maxwell, H., Rasmussen-Ivey, C.R., Sandage, M.J., Davis, E.W., Panizzi, P., Wang, C., & Liles, M.R. (2021). Bacillus velezensis AP183 inhibits Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation and in vivo proliferation in murine and bovine disease models. Frontiers in Microbiology.
  • Sandage, M.J.C, Billingsley, C.P.U, Hatcher, J.L., Petty, B., & Olin, T. (2021). When inspiratory stridor is not PVFM/ILO: A case for diaphragm flutter. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.
  • Jones, A., Plumb, A. & Sandage, M.J. (2021). Social media as a platform for cyberbullying of individuals with speech and facial differences secondary to craniofacial anomalies: A preliminary survey. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 52(3), 840-855.
  • Patel, R., Sandage, M.J., Kluess, H., & Plexico, L.W. (2021). High-speed characterization of vocal fold vibrations in normally cycling and postmenopausal women: Randomized double-blind analyses. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(6), 1869-1888.
  • Snell, E., Sandage, M.J., Plexico, L.W., & Weaver, A. (2020). Quantifying Vocal Power: Correlation of Whole-Body Anaerobic Power to Vocal Function Measures. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 63(8), 2597-2608.
  • Sandage, M.S., Hamby, H.A., Barnett, L.A., Harris, M.L., Parker, C.P., & Allison, L.H. (2020). Vocal function differences before and after sorority recruitment. Journal of Voice, .
  • Cutchin, G., Plexico, L.W., Weaver, A.J., & Sandage, M.J.c (2020). Data collection methods for the voice range profile: A systematic review. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 29 (3), 1716-1734.
  • Plexico, L.W., Sandage, M.J., Kluess, H., Franco-Watkins, A., Neidert, L. (2020). Blood Plasma Hormone-Level Influence on Vocal Function, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(5), 1376-1386.
  • Sandage, M.J.C, Dunn, L.A., Edwards, R., & Pope, S.A. (2020). Implications of compression race suit on forced vital capacity: Assessment considerations for paradoxical vocal fold motion in competitive female swimmers. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 29(2), 732-740.
  • Hunter, E.J., Cantor-Cutiva, L.C., van Leer, E., van Mersbergen, M, Nanjundeswaran, C.D., Bottalico, P., Sandage, M.J., Whitling, S. (2020). Towards a consensus description of Vocal Effort, Vocal Load, Vocal Loading, and Vocal Fatigue. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(2), 509-532.
  • Sandage, M.J., Patel, R. (2020). Passive upper airway thermoregulation and high-speed assessment for conventional vs. menthol cigarette: implications for laryngeal physiology. Journal of Voice, 34(1), 25-32.
  • Lenell, C.M., Sandage, M.J., Johnson, A.M. (2020). Effects of sex hormones on laryngeal senescence and neuromuscular response to exercise. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 1-9,
  • AllisonU, L., SandageC, M.J., & Weaver (2019). Vocal Dose for Rhythm-Based Indoor Cycling Instructors: With and Without Amplification. Journal of Voice, 34(6), 963-e23.
  • EppersonU, H.E. & SandageC, M.J (2019). Neuromuscular development in neonates and post-natal infants: Implications for NMES therapy for dysphagia. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(8), 2575-2583.
  • 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, 98(13), e14982.


Recent Presentations

  • Sandage, M.J. & Slovarp, L. (2023). Advanced Topics in Behavioral Assessment and Management of Upper Airway Disorders. Master Class, American Speech Language Hearing Association National Convention, Boston, MA
  • Sandage, M.J. (2023). Build off the Breath: Respiration 101 for Voice Habilitation & Rehabilitation, Professional Voice Conference,Vanderbilt Voice Center, Nashville, TN
  • Sandage, M.J. (2023). Hormones and Heavy Voice Use: Voice Change in the Professional Voice User, Professional Voice Conference,Vanderbilt Voice Center, Nashville, TN
  • Sandage, M.J. (2022). Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction: Common and Rare Mimics to Consider in the Differential Diagnosis. 16th Biennial Phonosurgery Symposium, Madison, WI.
  • Sandage, M.J. (2021). Hyper-tussic (Chronic) Cough and Laryngeal Breathing Disorders: What, Why, and How. The Fall Voice Conference, SLP Pre-conference, Miami, FL.
  • Belau, M., van Leer, E., Almeida, A.A., van Leer, K., & Sandage, M.J. (2021). Meta Therapy: Beyond Voice Hygiene and Exercises. Invited panel presenter, 50th Anniversary Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. Virtual National meeting.
  • Sandage, M.J. (3/3/2021). Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for the Clinician & Client. Seminar, 40th Anniversary Centro de Estudos da Voz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Sandage, M.J. (3/1/2021). Exercise and Vocal Fitness. Seminar, 40th Anniversary Centro de Estudos da Voz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Sandage, M.J. (12/4/2020). Sports science and vocal fitness. Seminar, Australia Voice Association.
  • 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.

Courses Taught

  • SLHS 3400 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech
  • SLHS 5100 Motor Learning, Generalization & Adherence
  • SLHS 7540 Voice & Upper Airway Disorders
  • SLHS 7560 Craniofacial Disorders
  • SLHS 7820 Dysphagia