Paul Evitts

Professor, Speech-Language Pathology

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Education

Ph.D.: Speech Language Pathology, Bowling Green State University, 2004
M.A.: Speech-Language Pathology, University of Northern Iowa, 2000
B.A.: Speech Language Pathology, University of Northern Iowa, 1998
B.A.: Studio Art, Loras College, 1993

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive work load and voice disorders
Voice options following laryngectomy
Adult neurogenic disorders
Dysphagia
Eye-gaze and speech perception

Certifications

  • ASHA CCC-SLP

Recent Publications

  • Evitts, P. M. (2019). The impact of postlaryngectomy audiovisual changes on verbal communication.  In P. Doyle (Ed.), Clinical Care and Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer, Springer Publishing.
  • Evitts, P. M., Starmer, H., Teets, K., Montgomery, C., Calhoun, L., Schulze, A., MacKenzie, J., & Adams, L. (2016). The impact of dysphonic voices on healthy listeners: Listener reaction times, speech intelligibility, and listener comprehension. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25(4), 561-575.
  • Joseph, R., Evitts, P. M., Bayley, E., & Tulenko, C. (2017).  Oral feeding outcomes of infants with a tracheostomy. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 33, 70-75
  • Cripps, J., Cooper, S., Evitts, P., Hyle, R., & Blackburn, J. (2016). Diagnosing and treating disorders in signed language: A new perspective. Communication Sciences and Disorders, 43,223-237.
  • Cripps, J., Cooper, S., Supalla, S., & Evitts, P. (2016). Meeting the needs of signers in the field of speech and language pathology: Some considerations for action. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 37(2), 108-116.
  • Evitts, P., Kopf, M., & Kaufman, M. (2014). Speech pathologists’ knowledge and impressions of the obese swallow. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36 (26), 2262-2269.
  • Schindler, A., Francesco, M., Francesca, B., Patrizia, M., Evitts, P., & Francesco, O. (2013). Reliability and validity of the Italian Self-Evaluation of Communication Experiences after Laryngeal Cancer (I-SECEL) Questionnaire. Head & Neck, 35(11), 1606-1615
  • Searl, J., & Evitts, P. M. (2012). Tongue-Palate Contact Pressure, Oral Air Pressure and Acoustics of Clear Speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56,826-839.
  • Evitts, P. M., Kasapoglu, F., Demerici, U., & Miller, J. (2011). Communication adjustment of patients with a laryngectomy in Turkey: Analysis by type of surgery and mode of speech. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, 16, 650-660.
  • Evitts, P. M., & Gallop, R. (2011). Objective eye-gaze behavior during face-to-face communication with proficient alaryngeal speakers: A preliminary study. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 46, 535-549.

Recent Presentations

Invited presentations

  • Evitts, P. (2018, July). Dysphonia, Dysphagia, and Lip Strength: Research updates from Towson University.  One-hour seminar presented at the Oldenburg University International Conference on Stroke Rehabilitation, Oldenburg, Germany.
  • Evitts, P. (2016, March).  Multi-disciplinary approach to aphasia and dysphagia.  One hour seminar presented at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD) annual conference, Timonium, MD.

  • Evitts, P. (2015, October).  Back to school: An update on graduate school topics in dysphagia and aphasia.  One hour seminar presented at Sinai Hospital Department of Rehabilitation continuing education series, Baltimore, MD.

  • Evitts, P. (2015, June).  Communication methods for laryngectomees.  Two hour training seminar presented at the Emergency Action for Laryngectomees continuing education event, Towson, MD. 

National presentations

  • **Shipley, E., Knuth, N., Evitts, P. M., & Dobrosielski, D.  (2018, November).  Relationship between tongue strength and multiple physiological measures: How SLPs can use physiological data.  Poster session accepted at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Boston, November.
  • Abrams, R., Webster, K., Evitts, P. M., **Smith, K., **Formica, A., & **Blashford, M.  (2018, November).  Normative values of maximum interincisinal opening in typical healthy adults. Poster session accepted at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Boston, November.
  • Webster, K., Abrams, R., Evitts, P. M., **Smith, K., **Formica, A., & **Blashford, M. (2018, November).  Normative lip strength measures in typical healthy persons. Poster session accepted at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Boston, November.
  • Evitts, P. M. (2018, November).  Getting into grad school 101: Basics for undergraduate students. One-hour seminar accepted at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Boston, November.
  • Evitts, P. M., & **Simons, B. (2018, November).  Acoustic predictors of cognitive workload using LTAS in speakers with phonotraumatic hoarseness. Poster session accepted at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Boston, November.
  • Evitts, P. M., **Fields, K., & Lande, B. (2017, November).  Frequency of dysphagic events in younger adults using an app-based data collection system.  Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention ASHA, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Evitts, P. M., Porcaro, C., **Smyth, N., **Hood, C., *Campbell, E., **White, L., & **Verisquez, L. (2017, November).  Effect of listener strategies on speech intelligibility of dysphonic speakers.  Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Evitts, P., Dobrosielski, D., Burton, T., **Asbury, K., **Kritzer, H., & **Westhoff, T. (2015, November). The relationship between tongue strength and obesity. Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Denver, CO.

  • Evitts, P. M., **Bagley, D., *Gibeau, G., **Kleinhammer, K. (2015, November).  Impact of an intense laryngectomee rehab course on SPPA graduate students.  Poster session presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, Denver, CO. 

Affiliations

  • Assistant Part-time Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

** = graduate students, * = undergraduate students