Robin Samlan, PhD., CCC-SLP

Director, Voice Lab

Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
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.








Dori Scholer, DMA, M.S., CF-SLP

Dori Scholer​​

Dori Scholer is a clinical fellow in speech language pathology at the Univeristy 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 entereing the field of speech-language pathology, Dr. Scholer 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

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. 

Dianna Aliotti

Undergraduate Research Assistant 

Dianna Aliotti is a senior undergraduate student in the Speech, Language and Hearing program with a minor in family studies and human development. She is especially passionate about working with children in her future. Dianna plans on pursuing her master's degree in speech pathology in Fall 2019. 

Carly Harris 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Carly Harris is a junior undergraduate student in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with minors in music and psychology. She plans on attending a master's speech language pathology program soon after graduation. Carly would like to work with children. 

Seth Kershisnik

Graduate Research Assistant

Chelsey Wichmann

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chelsey Wichmann is a Tucson native who is a senior undergraduate student studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  She hopes to attend a graduate program for Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. Her interests include voice and motor-speech disorders in adults and children.  



Mindy Black

Kristin Dauphinais

Matthew Grilli

Takeshi Ikuma

Melda Kunduk

David Lott

Nicole Marrone

University of Arizona Center on Aging

Helena Yip

Stephanie Zacharias 


Sara Monti, EdM

Sara Monti

Sara Monti 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. 

Marisa Sniecikowski, B.S.

Marisa photo

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 is attending graduate school to pursue a masters in speech pathology at Northern Arizona University. Her interests include voice disorders, preservation of voice, and early intervention.

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.