Lana Shekim, Ph.D.

Director, Voice and Speech Program

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), NIH


Dr. Lana Shekim is the Director for the Voice and Speech Programs in the Division of a Scientific Programs (DSP) at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  She is responsible for the supervision of a comprehensive research program in voice and speech sciences and disorders.  Dr. Shekim serves as the NIDCD representative to the NIH Global Health Research Working Group, the NIH International Representatives Committee, the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, the NIH Science of Behavioral Change Working Group, the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Working Group and the NIH Rehabilitation Research Coordinating Committee.  She joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2001.

Prior to joining the NIH, she served on the faculty of the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC and directed the Speech-Language Pathology Service at the GWU Medical Center and was a member of the GWU Voice Clinic.  Dr. Shekim’s clinical expertise is in the management of individuals with acquired neurologic communication disorders.  She earned her doctorate from the University of Florida in Gainesville where she examined discourse production in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Shekim completed postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins University.


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