Ralph Ohde

Professor Emeritus
Dept. Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37232-8242
Phone: 615-936-5117


Bachelor’s of Arts, 1966, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

Master’s of Education, 1968, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Doctor of Philosophy, 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

PostDoc., 1978-80, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Ralph N. Ohde is Professor of Speech in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. The focus of his research program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences is to study how typically developing young children perceive and produce speech sounds as compared to adults. The general purpose of this research is to identify both similarities and differences between typically developing children and adults in speech perception and speech production. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide information on developmental models of speech perception and production in children, and to compare the performances of typically developing children to children with speech and hearing disorders. Consistent with this goal, Ohde has studied speech perception and production in several disordered populations including children with articulation disorders, children with specific language impairment (SLI), and children with fluency disorders. An understanding of the differences between typically developing children and children with speech and hearing disorders in perceiving and producing speech is fundamental to the development of appropriate remediation strategies for the communicatively disordered population.

Ohde’s research has received federal funding. He consistently publishes the results of his research in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He has presented numerous papers and seminars to professional and scholarly conferences. As a complement to his research interests, he teaches graduate level courses in articulation disorders, phonology, phonetics, speech acoustics, speech perception, and anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms.

Ohde was the Associate Editor of Speech Production for the Journal of the Acoustical Society from 1990 to 1993. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology. He was a recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Michigan. In his life away from academia, he and his wife, Kathleen, share their love of hiking, canoeing and antiquing.