Department of Otolaryngology

Jackie L. Gartner-Schmidt, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Co-Director Director, University of Pittsburgh Voice Center
  • Director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division
  • ASHA Fellow

Jackie Gartner-Schmidt, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow is Co-director of the UPMC Voice Center, Director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.She holds a secondary appointment in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving her master’s degree in speech-language pathology, she joined the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville, TN and later earned her doctorate in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland. Her clinical and research focus specializes on care of the performing voice, as well as clinical effectiveness of voice therapy and psychological considerations in the assessment and management of patients with voice and breathing disorders.Dr. Gartner-Schmidt is also a Singing Voice Specialist and sings locally with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. She currently directs two of the country’s largest conferences related solely to voice and breathing therapy, amongst her frequent national and international speaking engagements. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt’s federally funded research focuses on the development and efficacy of different voice therapy programs.

Education & Training

  • Queen’s University, Ontario (BA)
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing (M.A)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (Ph.D., Speech Language Pathology)

Representative Publications

Gillespie AI, Dastolfo C, Magid N, Gartner-Schmidt J. Acoustic analysis of four common voice diagnoses:  moving toward disorder specific assessment.  J Voice. 2014 Sep;28(5):582-8. doi: 10.1016/jvoice.2014.02.002 [Epub 2014 May 28] doi: 10.1016/jvoice.2014.02.002 PMID: 24880672.

Akbulut S, Gartner-Schmidt J, Gillespie A, Young V, Smith L, Rosen C. Voice Outcomes Following Treatment of Benign Midmembranous Vocal Lesions Using a Nomenclature Paradigm. Laryngoscope. 2015 Sept 25. Doi 10.1002/lary.25488. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID:  26404117.

Gartner-Schmidt J, Gherson S, Hapner E, Roth D, Schneider S, Gillespie A. The Development of Conversation Training Therapy: A Concept Paper. Journal of Voice. 2015 Aug 8. doi: 10.1016/j.voice.2015.06.007. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26264642.

Gillespie AI, Gartner-Schmidt J. Immediate Voice Improvement Following “Clear Speech” Instruction: A New Addition to the Voice Evaluation. Journal of Voice. Accepted for publication.  June, 2015.

Gartner-Schmidt J, Hirai R, Dastolfo C, Rosen CA, Gillespie AI. Phonatory Aerodynamics in Connected Speech.  Journal of Voice. 2015 Jul 21. doi: 10.1002/lary.25458. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26197727.

Litts J, Gillepsie AI, Gartner-Schmidt J. Clary MS. Impact of laryngologist and speech pathologist co-assessment on outcomes and billing revenue. Laryngoscope. 2015 May 27. doi: 10.1002/lary.25349. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26013916.

Dastolfo C, Gartner-Schmidt J, Carnes O, Gillespie AI. Aerodynamic Analysis of Four Common Voice Disorders: Moving Toward Disorder Specific Assessment.  J Voice. 2015 May 20. pii: S0892-1997(15)00059-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2015.03.017. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26001500.

Gartner-Schmidt J, Shembel AC, Zullo TG, Rosen CA. Development and Validation of the Dyspnea Index (DI): A Severity Index for Upper-Airway Related Dyspnea. Journal of Voice. 2014 Nov;28(6):775-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.12.017 [Epub 2014 Oct 12] PMID:  25311596.

Zeigler A, Dastolfo C, Hersan R, Rosen CA, Gartner-Schmidt J.  Perceptions of Voice Therapy from Patients Diagnosed with Primary Muscle Tension Dysphonia and Benign Mid-Membranous Vocal Fold Lesions. J Voice. 2014 May 16. pii: S0892-1997(14)00042-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2014.02.007. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:  24841669.

Arffa RE, Krishna P, Gartner-Schmidt J, Rosen CA. Normative Values for the Voice Handicap Index-10. J Voice. 2012 July;26(4):462-5. PMID:  21816570.

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Research Interest Summary

Research into the clinical effectivenes of voice therapy, Psycho-social aspects of voice and breathing disorders, Developing outcome measures / quality of life measures for patients with voice and shortness of breath disorders

Research Interests

Jackie L. Gartner-Schmidt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow is Co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Director of Speech-Language Pathology-Voice Division, and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology.  Dr. Gartner-Schmidt’s clinical and research efforts focus on the clinical effectiveness of speaking and singing voice therapy and psychological considerations in the assessment and management of patients with voice and breathing disorders.  Her federally funded research focuses on the development and efficacy of different voice therapy programs, as well as co-authoring the development and validation of six treatment outcome instruments. She currently directs two of the country’s largest conferences related solely to voice and breathing therapy annually, in Las Vegas, and semi-annually, in Pittsburgh, amongst her frequent national and international speaking engagements. Dr. Gartner-Schmidt is a regular reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals. 

Research Grants

R03 DC 015305
Efficacy of Conversation Training Therapy
Role:  Co-Investigator, Gillespie (PI)
03/10/2016 – 02/28/2019

R01 DC008567
Prospective study on prevention and treatment of voice problems in teachers.
Role:  Co-Investigator, Verdolini Abbot (PI)
8/2009-8/31/2015

R01 DC005643
Biophysiological mechanisms of “heightened speech” and its efficacy.
Role:  Co-Investigator, Verdolini Abbot (PI)
07/01/03-05/31/08

R01-DC008567-01
Prospective, Randomized Study of Prevention of Voice Problems in Teachers.
Role:  Co-Investigator, Verdolini Abbot (PI)
2006-08