Panying Rong, Ph.D.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Speech-Language-Hearing
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785.864.0053
Dole Human Development Center, 3046
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555
Second office:
Haworth Hall, 4106



Summary

Dr. Rong is an assistant professor who joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 2016. Her research focuses on acquired motor speech disorders, speech motor control, speech acoustics and physiology, and computational modeling of normal and disordered speech. Her work was supported by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Her research has been published in national and international journals including Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Science, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Behavioural Neurology, PLoS ONE, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration.

She teaches courses on neuroscience and communication disorders. She is also the director of the Speech Science and Disorders Lab.

Education

Teaching Interests

  • The Communicating Brain
  • Survey of Communication Disorders

Research Interests

  • Motor speech disorders
  • Speech motor control
  • Speech acoustics and physiology
  • Computational modeling of speech

Selected Publications

Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., Richburg, B., & Green, J. R. (2018). Automatic extraction of abnormal lip movement features from the alternating motion rate task in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [Journal Articles]. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Published. https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2018.1485739
Wang, J., Samal, A., Rong, P., & Green, J. R. (2016). An optimal set of flesh points on tongue and lips for speech movements classification [Journal Articles]. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 59, 15–26.
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., & Green, J. R. (2016). Differential effects of velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech intelligibility during early and late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [Conference Proceedings]. In Interspeech-2016 (p. DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1524).
Rong, P., Kuehn, D. P., & Shosted, R. K. (2016). Modeling of oropharyngeal articulatory adaptation to compensate for the acoustic effects of nasalization [Journal Articles]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(3), 2145–2161.
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., Wang, J., Zinman, L., Pattee, G. L., Berry, J. D., Perry, B., & Green, J. R. (2016). Predicting Speech Intelligibility Decline in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Based on the Deterioration of Individual Speech Subsystems [Journal Articles]. PLOS ONE, 11(5), e154971. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154971
Shellikeri, S., Green, J. R., Kulkarni, M., Rong, P., Martino, R., Zinman, L., & Yunusova, Y. (2016). Speech Movement Measures as Markers of Bulbar Disease in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis [Journal Articles]. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 59, 887–899.
Iuzzini-Seigel, J., Hogan, T. P., Rong, P., & Green, J. R. (2015). Longitudinal development of speech motor control: Motor and linguistic factors [Journal Articles]. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 3, 53–68.
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., Wang, J., & Green, J. R. (2015). Predicting Early Bulbar Decline in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Speech Subsystem Approach [Journal Articles]. Behavioural Neurology, 183027. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/183027
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., & Green, J. R. (2015). Speech intelligibility decline in individuals with fast and slow rates of ALS progression [Conference Proceedings]. In Interspeech-2015.
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., Berry, J. D., Zinman, L., & Green, J. R. (2014). Parameterization of articulatory pattern in speakers with ALS [Conference Proceedings]. In Interspeech-2014, 711-714.
Rong, P., Shosted, R., & Kuehn, D. (2012). Articulatory differences between oral and nasal vowels based on the simulation of a speaker-adaptive articulatory model [Conference Proceedings]. In Interspeech-2012, 2698-2701.
Shosted, R., Carignan, C., & Rong, P. (2012). Managing the distinctiveness of phonemic nasal vowels: Articulatory evidence from Hindi [Journal Articles]. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 131(1), 455–465.
Rong, P., Loucks, T., Kim, H., & Hasegawa-Johnson, M. (2012). Relationship between kinematics, F2 slope and speech intelligibility in dysarthria due to cerebral palsy [Journal Articles]. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 26(9), 806–822.
Rong, P., & Kuehn, D. (2012). The effect of articulatory adjustment on reducing hypernasality [Journal Articles]. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 1438–1448.
Carignan, C., Shosted, R., Shih, C., & Rong, P. (2011). Compensatory articulation in American English nasalized vowels [Journal Articles]. Journal of Phonetics, 39(4), 668–682.
Shosted, R., Carignan, C., & Rong, P. (2011). Estimating vertical larynx position with EMA [Conference Proceedings]. In D. Ostry, S. R. Baum, L. Ménard, & V. L. Gracco (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Seminar on Speech Production, 139–146.
Rong, P., Shosted, R., & Carignan, C. (2011). The relationship between velopharyngeal opening and place of articulation: An aerodynamic and EPG investigation [Conference Proceedings]. In D. Ostry, S. R. Baum, L. Ménard, & V. L. Gracco (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Seminar on Speech Production, 281–288.
Kim, H., Rong, P., Loucks, T., & Hasegawa-Johnson, M. (2010). Kinematic Analysis of Tongue Movement Control in Spastic Dysarthria [Conference Proceedings]. In InterSpeech-2010, 2578-2581.
Rong, P., & Kuehn, D. (2010). The effect of oral articulation on the acoustic characteristics of nasalized vowels [Journal Articles]. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 127(4), 2543–2553.

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Selected Work

Selected Presentations

Rong, P., & Green, J. R. (11/1/2018 - 11/30/2018). Early stratification of fast and slow progressors of bulbar ALS based on a diadochokinetic task. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Boston, MA
Rong, P. (11/1/2018 - 11/30/2018). The effect of spatial tongue-jaw coupling on acoustic vowel contrast in ALS. Annual meeting of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Boston, MA
Rong, P., Stipancic, K., & Green, J. R. (2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018). Predicting disease-related changes in jaw contribution to tongue movement in ALS based on a diadochokinetic task. 2018 Motor Speech Conference. Savannah, GA
Rong, P., Kuehn, D., & Shosted, R. (12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017). Using oropharyngeal articulation to compensate for nasalization: Acoustic and perceptual evidence. 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., Richburg, B., & Green, J. R. (11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017). Automatic extraction of abnormal speech movement features in ALS from an oral diadochokinetic task. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Los Angeles, CA
Rong, P., & Green, J. R. (11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017). Predicting speech intelligibility based on tongue-jaw coordination in persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Los Angeles, CA
Yunusova, Y., Rong, P., Allison, K., & Green, J. R. (11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017). Quantitative speech motor markers of bulbar involvement in ALS. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Los Angeles, CA
Rong, P., & Green, J. R. (7/1/2017 - 7/31/2017). Predicting speech intelligibility based on tongue-jaw coupling in persons with ALS. 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control. Groningen, the Netherlands
Rong, P., Richburg, B., & Green, J. R. (1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017). Toward a diagnostic tool for assessing articulatory involvement in ALS. 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control. Groningen, the Netherlands
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., & Green, J. R. (12/31/2016). Differential effects of velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech intelligibility decline during early and late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Philadelphia
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., & Green, J. R. (12/31/2016). Differential effects of velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech intelligibility during early and late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 17th Annual Conference of International Speech Communication Association. San Francisco
Rong, P., Yunusova, Y., & Green, J. R. (1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015). Speech intelligibility decline in individuals with fast and slow progression rates of bulbar ALS. Annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Denver, CO

Selected Grants

An explanatory model of speech loss in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. University of Kansas. $7848.00. Submitted 8/25/2017 (1/29/2018 - 1/29/2020). This proposal aims to determine the explanatory relations of neuromuscular and kinematic activities to speech intelligibility decline in persons with ALS.. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
An explanatory model of speech intelligibility decline in persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. $10000.00. (12/1/2015 - 12/1/2016). Foundation. Status: Funded. The goal of this grant is to determine the articulatory mechanism underlying speech decline in persons with ALS and to assess an individualΓÇÖs ability of utilizing articulatory adaptation to improve speech intelligibility.

Selected Awards & Honors

New Faculty General Research Fund Award
University of Kansas
2018 - 2020
ASHA Lessons for Success Research Conference Fellowship
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2018
Meritorious Poster
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2018

News and events

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link to go live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link to go live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 16, 2020

In person Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2020 is cancelled due to Covid 19.  Two virtual ceremony Power Point Movies are in progress.  Completion to be announced.

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

STUDENTS (Bridget Rennard and Anna Schaue) TO PRESENT AT KANSAS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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