Robin Samlan earned her PhD at The University of Arizona and was a postdoctoral scholar in the Bureau of Glottal Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her doctoral work, she 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.
Dr. Samlan is the director of the Voice Research Laboratory. Her research is centered around understanding how features of voice production affect voice quality. Her lab is approaching this question using high-speed video of vocal fold vibration, acoustic and aerodynamic studies, computational modeling, and listening studies. The long-term goal of the work is to improve voice evaluation and treatment.