Panying Rong, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Primary office:
785-864-0053
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3046
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555
Second office:
Haworth Hall
Room 4106



Dr. Rong is an assistant professor who joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 2016. Her research focuses on motor speech disorders, speech motor control, speech acoustics and physiology, and computational modeling of normal and disordered speech production. Her work has been supported by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Her research has been published in national and international journals including Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Science, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Behavioural Neurology, PLoS ONE, and Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics.

She teaches courses on neuroscience and communication disorders. She is also the director of the Speech Science and Disorders Lab.

Education

Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S., Electronic Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University

Teaching Interests

  • The Communicating Brain Survey of Communication Disorders

Research Interests

  • Motor speech disorders
  • Speech motor control
  • Speech acoustics and physiology
  • Computational modeling of speech production

Selected Publications

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. & Green, J. R. (2016). Differential effects of velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech intelligibility during early and late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In Interspeech-2016, (pp. DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1524 ).

Rong, P. Kuehn, D. P., & Shosted, R. K. (2016). Modeling of oropharyngeal articulatory adaptation to compensate for the acoustic effects of nasalization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(3), 2145-2161.

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. Wang, J. Zinman, L. Pattee, G. L., Berry, J. D., Perry, B. & Green, J. R. (2016). Predicting Speech Intelligibility Decline in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Based on the Deterioration of Individual Speech Subsystems. PLOS ONE, 11(5), e154971. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154971

Shellikeri, S. Green, J. R., Kulkarni, M. Rong, P. Martino, R. Zinman, L. & Yunusova, Y. (2016). Speech Movement Measures as Markers of Bulbar Disease in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 59, 887-899.

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. & Green, J. R. (2015). Speech intelligibility decline in individuals with fast and slow rates of ALS progression. In Interspeech-2015.

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. Wang, J. & Green, J. R. (2015). Predicting Early Bulbar Decline in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Speech Subsystem Approach. Behavioural Neurology, 183027. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/183027

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. Berry, J. D., Zinman, L. & Green, J. R. (2014). Parameterization of articulatory pattern in speakers with ALS. In Interspeech-2014, 711-714.

Rong, P. Shosted, R. & Kuehn, D. (2012). Articulatory differences between oral and nasal vowels based on the simulation of a speaker-adaptive articulatory model. In Interspeech-2012, 2698-2701.

Rong, P. Loucks, T. Kim, H. & Hasegawa-Johnson, M. (2012). Relationship between kinematics, F2 slope and speech intelligibility in dysarthria due to cerebral palsy. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 26(9), 806-822.

Rong, P. & Kuehn, D. (2012). The effect of articulatory adjustment on reducing hypernasality. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 1438-1448.

Rong, P. & Kuehn, D. (2010). The effect of oral articulation on the acoustic characteristics of nasalized vowels. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 127(4), 2543-2553.

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Selected Presentations

Rong, P. Stipancic, K. & Green, J. R. (02/01/2018 - 02/28/2018). Predicting disease-related changes in jaw contribution to tongue movement in ALS based on a diadochokinetic task. 2018 Motor Speech Conference. Savannah, GA

Rong, P. Kuehn, D. & Shosted, R. . (12/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). Using oropharyngeal articulation to compensate for nasalization – Acoustic and perceptual evidence. 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA

Rong, P. Richburg, B. & Green, J. R. (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). Toward a diagnostic tool for assessing articulatory involvement in ALS. 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control. Groningen, the Netherlands

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. Richburg, B. & Green, J. R. (11/01/2017 - 11/30/2017). Automatic extraction of abnormal speech movement features in ALS from an oral diadochokinetic task. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Los Angeles, CA

Rong, P. & Green, J. R. (11/01/2017 - 11/30/2017). Predicting speech intelligibility based on tongue-jaw coordination in persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Los Angeles, CA

Yunusova, Y. Rong, P. Allison, K. & Green, J. R. (11/01/2017 - 11/30/2017). Quantitative speech motor markers of bulbar involvement in ALS. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Los Angeles, CA

Rong, P. & Green, J. R. (07/01/2017 - 07/31/2017). Predicting speech intelligibility based on tongue-jaw coupling in persons with ALS. 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control. Groningen, the Netherlands

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. & Green, J. R. (12/31/2016). Differential effects of velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech intelligibility decline during early and late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Philadelphia

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. & Green, J. R. (12/31/2016). Differential effects of velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech intelligibility during early and late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 17th Annual Conference of International Speech Communication Association. San Francisco

Rong, P. Yunusova, Y. & Green, J. R. (01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015). Speech intelligibility decline in individuals with fast and slow progression rates of bulbar ALS. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Denver, CO

Selected Grants

Rong, Panying, (Principal), An explanatory model of speech loss in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, University of Kansas, $7,848, Submitted 08/25/2017 (01/29/2018 - 01/29/2020) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Rong, Panying, (Principal), An explanatory model of speech intelligibility decline in persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, $10,000, (12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

New Faculty General Research Fund Award
University of Kansas
2018 - 2020


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