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Bernard Rousseau

Chair and Professor of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences

Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow, is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Before coming to Pitt, Rousseau was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he held various appointments for the last 14 years. He served as associate vice chair for research and director of the Laryngeal Biology Laboratory in the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology, and as chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of otolaryngology, hearing and speech sciences and mechanical engineering. Two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research projects came to Pitt with Rousseau, along with a majority of his research team from Vanderbilt. The first project focuses on improving outcomes for patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis through innovative technology designed to improve pre-operative surgical planning. The second project seeks to determine the safety and efficacy of treatments for voice disorders. After receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida, Rousseau received his doctorate in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a master’s in management of health care degree from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. He is one of only 10 individuals elected as a fellow of both ASHA and the American Laryngological Association.


  • –present
    Chair and Professor of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association


Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association; Associate Fellow of the American Laryngological Association; Member of Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section, Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health