About the Program

The UAB Voice Center is an inter-professional center staffed by highly-skilled and experienced voice, airway, swallowing, and head and neck specialized speech-language pathologists. The center also includes a fellowship-trained laryngologist and an M.D., Ph.D. laryngology fellow. The state of the art center is a part of the UAB Department of Otolaryngology. The department has a long history of providing outstanding care to patients with head and neck cancer, facial plastics, otologic, rhinologic, and audiologic concerns.

The center will provide fellows with comprehensive exposure to the full cadre of voice, airway, head and neck disorders, and swallowing disorders including behavioral, medical and surgical management. The fellow will be mentored by voice specialized speech-language pathologist, Dr. Edie Hapner and voice specialized laryngologist, Dr. C. Blake Simpson, both of whom have developed successful mentorship programs for the past 16 years at three other academic medical institutions in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Antonio.

The clinical fellows will be immersed in clinical and surgical laryngology through inter-professional practice in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Fellows will participate in inter-professional laryngology clinics and be exposed to in-office laryngology procedures and botulinum toxin injections to treat dystonia and tremor. The fellows will become skilled in voice evaluation including the instrumental assessment of acoustic and aerodynamic parameters of the voice; in swallowing evaluations including modified barium swallows and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing; and in upper airway evaluations. Immersion into the inter-professional practice of treating facial palsies, exposure to telehealth, singing voice therapy, and TEP and will develop a well-rounded clinician equipped to be an independent practitioner in an inter-professional center at the end of the fellowship. Team rounds in voice, dysphagia, and voice therapy grand round will complete the fellow’s clinical learning while participating in the UAB Voice Lab’s research meeting and research studies will provide a scholarly opportunity.

Goals and Objectives 

Following the completion of the Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship at the UAB Voice Center, the fellow will:

  • Have the knowledge and skill to assess and behaviorally treat disorders of voice, swallowing and upper airway independently and at the highest level of competence.

  • Attain the highest level of competence to perform instrumental tests such as laryngeal videostroboscopy, upper airway instrumental assessments, acoustic and aerodynamic assessment, modified barium swallows, flexible endoscopic evaluation of the swallow, pharyngeal manometry, pulmonary functions testing and use of the EMG for botulinum toxin clinics and diagnostic assessments.

  • Possess competence and confidence to immediately transition to any interprofessional voice care team.

  • Complete at least one professional presentation at a national or international conference.

  • Develop and implement a research study in an area of interest in voice swallowing or upper airway.

Length of Fellowship

September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022

The fellowship will span a full 12 months to allow for completion of the 9-month mandated ASHA clinical fellowship and opportunity to attain the Certificate of Clinical Competence. The fellowship is offered to applicants who have successfully completed a master’s degree or beyond in Speech-Language Pathology at an ASHA accredited university. The applicant must be eligible for Alabama licensure in speech-language pathology and obtain licensure before the start date of the fellowship.

How to Apply

Send electronically in one PDF:

  • A letter of intent

  • Cirriculum Vitae/Resume

  • An unofficial transcript documenting completion or expected completion of graduate studies in speech pathology by August 1, 2021.

  • Three letters of recommendation with at least one from a clinical supervisor

  • Three letters of recommendation with at least one from a clinical supervisor

Applicants must:

Please submit the materials above to Dr. Edie Hapner at ehapner@uabmc.edu.

Applications close March 1, 2021. 

Contact Information

Edie R. Hapner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

HapnerProgram Director
Co-Director, UAB Voice Center
Director, Otolaryngology Speech and Hearing Services

Administrative Support:
Alice Rhodes
P: 205-801-7801 (option 2) 
F: 205-801-7802

Mailing Address:
FOT 1155
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3412

Physical Address:
1155 Faculty Office Tower
510 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233