Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Allied Health & Communicative Disorders
Unit: Speech-Language Pathology
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 354
Office Phone: (815) 753-8385
Office Fax: (815) 753-9123
B.A., Music and Communication Arts and Sciences
Calvin College, Grand Rapids
M.A., Speech-Language Pathology and Vocology
University of Iowa, Iowa City
Ph.D., Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Psychology
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
I have an interest in personality traits (specifically temperamental and cognitive traits) and the development of certain behavioral voice disorders. Specifically, I am interested in the interaction between voice and emotion, specifically how emotional states, temperament, and regulation affect vocal output in healthy adults and in adults with behavioral voice disorders. In addition to temperamental traits, I am interested in the interaction between cognitive load and vocal performance on vocal tasks. To this end, I employ cognitive psychological and affective neuroscience methods with psychophysiological measures and traditional voice techniques.
Deeter, A., & van Mersbergen, M. (in press). The Real Scoop on Tea. Journal of Singing.
van Mersbergen, M. & Delany, M. (in press). Vocal Responses to Emotional Picture Viewing. Logopedicas Phoniatrics Vocology.
van Mersbergen, M. R. (2011). Voice Disorders and Personality: Understanding Their Interactions. Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, 21, 31-38.
van Mersbergen, M. R., Patrick, C. J. & Glaze, L. E. (2008). Functional Dysphonia During Mental Imagery: Testing the Trait Theory of Voice Disorders. Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research,51(6), 1405-1450.
Solomon, N., Glaze, L., Arnold, R., van Mersbergen, M. (2003). Effects of a vocally fatiguing task and systemic hydration on men's voices. Journal of Voice, 17(1), 31-46.
Verdolini, K., Min, Y., Titze, I. R., Lemke, J., Brown, K., van Mersbergen, M., Jiang, J., Fisher, K. (2002). Biological mechanisms underlying voice changes due to dehydration. Journal of Speech and Hearing Science,45 (2), 268-281.
van Mersbergen, M., Ostrem, J., Titze, I.R., (2001). Preparation of the voice speech-language pathologist: An educational survey.Journal of Voice, 15(2), 237-50.
van Mersbergen, M., Verdolini, K., Titze, I.R., (1999). Time of day effect on voice range profiles in vocally untrained females. Journal of Voice, 13(4), 518-28.