Robin Samlan, PhD., CCC-SLP

Director, Voice Lab

Associate Department Head for Clinical Education

Associate Professor, Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

Assistant Professor,  Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery












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.


Dori Smith, DMA, M.S., CCC-SLP

Dori Scholer​​

Dori Smith is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Arizona, working both in the Department of Speech-Language, and Hearing Sciences and Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. She earned her M.S. in speech-language pathology in May, 2018. Dori previously 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. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and laryngeal airway disorders. Special interests include working with children with voice disorders, performers, and individuals with gender dysphoria. Prior to entering the field of speech-language pathology, Dr. Smith served on the music faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and she brings extensive teaching and performing experience to her practice. 


Natalie Monahan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 

Natalie Monahan completed her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Theater, before returning to school for her master's degree at California State University Northridge. She honed her speech-language pathology skills at the UCLA Speech Clinic, focusing on voice and laryngeal airway disorders, neurological disorders and head and neck cancer. Natalie is a current SAG-AFTRA member with professional acting, voiceover, and commercial and contemporary music singing experience.  


Research Assistants



Mindy Black

Kristin Dauphinais

Matthew Grilli

Takeshi Ikuma

Melda Kunduk

David Lott

Nicole Marrone

University of Arizona Center on Aging

Helena Yip

Stephanie Zacharias 



Meira Abidov, M.S., CCC-SLP

​​Meria Abidov

Graduate Research Assistant

Meira Abidov is a certified speech language pathologist specializing in voice and swallowing disorders at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Meira is especially interested in voice disorders and associated imaging techniques. 


Dianna Aliotti, B.S.


Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Dianna Aliotti completed her B.S. degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, with a minor in family studies and human development. She is especially passionate about working with children in her future. After leaving UA, Dianna attended California State University in Fullerton, to work towards her Master's degree in speech-language pathology. 


Ali Block, B.S.

Ali Block

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ali Block is from Tucson Arizona and completed her B.S. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Special Education. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling. After graduating from the UA , Ali attended Arizona State University to work towards her Master's degree in speech-language pathology. 


Silvana Hoffman, B.S.

Silvana Hoffman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Silvana Hoffmann graduated in May, 2020, from the departments of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Special Education with a focus on Deaf Studies. After graduating from the UA, Silvanna attended graduate school to pursue a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is passionate about working with children in the early development of speech and language. 


Megan Loehr, B.S. 

Megan Loehr

Undergraduate/Graduate Research Assistant

Megan Loehr completed a B.S. in Physiology with a minor in Vocal Studies. Meghan is currently a second year graduate student in the department of Speech, Language and Hearings Sciences, as well as working part time with a college ministry organization. She is particularly interested in voice and neurological disorders.  


Eloisa Naval, B.S.

Eloisa Naval

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Eloisa graduated in May 2020 with her BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Public Health. She plans to attend graduate school and has specific interests in voice disorders and bilingual speech and language in children. She loves singing, which led to her interest in learning about how speech therapy can help singers improve their voice quality and function. 


Marisa Sniecikowski, B.S.

Marisa photo

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Marisa is an Arizona native who graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences in December, 2017. She attended graduate school to pursue a masters in speech pathology at Northern Arizona University. Her interests include voice disorders, preservation of voice, and early intervention.



Melanie Turner, MS, CF-SLP 

Melanie Turner

Graduate Research Assistant

Melanie Turner graduated in 2021 from the University of Arizona Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department. She is currently a speech language pathologist clinical fellow at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System in Tucson, Arizona. She completed her B.S.Ed. in Speech Communication Disorders with a double major in Spanish at the University of Virginia, where she also worked as a research assistant in the NeuroVoice Lab. Melanie is especially interested in working with adults with voice and/or other communication disorders.


Olivia Van Dyk, B.S.

Olivia Van Dyk​​

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Olivia Van Dyk graduated from the University 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 planned to become an SLP-A and then pursue a Master's in Speech Language Pathology.

Chelsey Wichmann, B.S.

Chelsey Wichmann

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chelsey Wichmann is a Tucson native who completed her B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in May, 2019 and her M.S. in 2021.