Robin Samlan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director, Voice Lab

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology 


Robin Samlan is the director of the Voice Laboratory. She earned her PhD at The University of Arizona and was a postdoctoral scholar in the Voice Perception Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Samlan was a speech-language pathologist at the Johns Hopkins University and University of Wisconsin, where she specialized in disorders associated with the voice and airway, head and neck cancer, and cleft palate. While at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Samlan earned an MBA in medical services management.







Research Assistants

Meira Abidov, B.S.

Graduate Research Assistant

​​Meria Abidov

Meira Abidov is a graduate student at the University of Arizona pursuing a Masters degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Meira is especially interested in voice disorders and associated imaging techniques. 

Sara Monti, EdM

Graduate Research Assistant 

Sara Monti

Sara Monti is a second-year master's student in speech-language pathology at the University of Arizona.  She holds a BA from Duke University with a double major in Linguistics and Slavic Languages & Literatures and an EdM in Mind, Brain, & Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the past Sara has worked as a K-12 teacher and as a research assistant in gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Her research interests include the role of cognitive function and reserve in speech, voice, and language, especially in those changes associated with aging, illness, and injury. In the future, she looks forward to investigating the diagnostic utility of these changes and exploring methods of (re)habilitation that are effective and accessible to all. In her spare time, Sara enjoys singing, dancing, volunteering, and exploring Tucson. 

Dori Scholer, DMA 

Graduate Research Assistant

Dori Scholer​​

Dori Scholer is a first year graduate student in speech language pathology at the Univeristy of Arizona. She earned her doctorate in vocal performance and ethnomusicology at the University of Arizona, has an MM in opera performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a BA from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Dr. Scholer is an active operatic performer and pedagogue and has performed across the United States, Canada, Italy, and Germany. She has won state and regional competitions, was a young artist with PORTOpera, teaching artist with Arizona Opera, a recitalist with the Tucson Desert Song Festival and 3rd Avenue Arts Association and sings in the Arizona Opera Chorus. Before her graduate work in speech, language and hearing sciences, Dr. Scholer served as the visiting assistant professor of voice and music theory at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Marisa Sniecikowski

Undergraduate Research ASsistant

Marisa photo

Marisa is an Arizona native who is in her senior year in the undergraduate program. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a masters in speech pathology. Her interests include voice disorders, preservation of voice, and early intervention.


Mindy Black

Kristin Dauphinais

Matthew Grilli

Takeshi Ikuma

Melda Kunduk

Nicole Marrone

University of Arizona Center on Aging


Olivia Van Dyk, B.S.

Olivia Van Dyk​​


Olivia Van Dyk graduated from the Universty of Arizona with a Bachelor's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in May, 2017. Olivia is especially interested in working with kids in early intervention speech therapy and also special education services. She will become an SLP-A and plans to pursue a Master's in Speech Languge Pathology.