Bernard Rousseau

Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Investigator, Center for Matrix Biology
Director, Laryngeal Biology Laboratory

Lab Website:  /laryngealbiologylab



Bernard Rousseau, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Research Investigator at the Vanderbilt University Center for Matrix Biology, and Director of the Laryngeal Biology Laboratory at the Vanderbilt University Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. He also holds an appointment as adjunct member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. Dr. Rousseau completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Central Florida and earned a Ph.D. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He is a recipient of the certificate of clinical competence in speech language pathology from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. His scholarly interests include the study of voice and voice disorders. Dr. Rousseau’s research program focuses on tissue biology, aging, phonation and laryngeal models, health care costs, and outcome studies related to the assessment and management of phonotraumatic benign vocal fold disease.

Dr. Rousseau serves on the international editorial review board of Auris, Nasus, Larynx and is the editor of Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders for the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group 3. He has previously served as co-chair of the Research Committee of Special Interest Group 3, and on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Committee on Research Integrity and Publication Practices. Dr. Rousseau serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, Tissue Engineering, and Cells Tissues Organs. His extramural activities also include service as an ad-hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. His scholarly work has been published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngoscope, Acta Oto-Laryngologica, Journal of Investigational Biochemistry, and other leading journals in the fields of otolaryngology, hearing and speech sciences, and medical speech-language pathology.

Dr. Rousseau is an Associate Fellow of the American Laryngological Association (ALA) and a past recipient of the ALA Young Faculty/Practitioner Award. He has received the David W. Brewer Research Award from the Voice Foundation and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Rousseau currently serves as principal investigator of an NIH-NIDCD funded Investigator-Initiated Research Grant (R01), principal investigator of an NIH-NIDCD R01 supplement in collaborative applied research, and principal investigator of an R01 subcontract from Purdue University.

Dr. Rousseau is a laboratory based mentor for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Emphasis Program. He currently manages a laboratory of 19 research and staff and has mentored more than 35 research trainees at Vanderbilt. Dr. Rousseau's laboratory is active in the training of pre- and post-doctoral research fellows, residents, medical students, graduate students in the speech and hearing sciences and allied health professions, and undergraduate students with a strong interest in academic, research, and teaching careers. For more information about Dr. Rousseau's clinical and scholarly interests, research grants, and a representative list of peer-reviewed journal publications, you may access his curriculum vitae by clicking on the link below.