This edition maintains the strong international focus of the previous edition, with coverage of country-specific incidence and prevalence of various communication disorders in each chapter. Each chapter has also been updated to include highlights of current technological and research advances taking place in various areas of communication sciences and disorders. The text includes real-life examples in the form of video links in each chapter to help reinforce the information in the text.
Michael P. Robb received his BS degree in speech pathology and audiology from Western Michigan University, and MS and PhD degrees in speech-language pathology from Syracuse University (New York). He has worked as a speech-language pathologist at the Meyer Childrens Rehabilitation Institute in Omaha, Nebraska (now known as the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation). Since obtaining his PhD, he has held faculty posts at the University of Hawaii, the University of Connecticut, and most recently at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His speciality is experimental phonetics, with particular interest in aspects of speech motor control related to early speech acquisition, stuttering, and English as a Second Language. Professor Robb has been an active researcher since 1985. Over his career, he has presented more than 90 conference papers and published over 70 refereed journal articles. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and was recognized as an ASHA Fellow in 2009. He is a member of the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association (NZSTA) and served on the NZSTA Executive Board. Professor Robb has been recognized for his teaching excellence and has taught Intro throughout his career to students in the United States and New Zealand.