The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Adrianna C. Shembel

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

The effects of increased vocal demands on laryngeal-respiratory muscle biology and physiology; mechanisms underlying vocal pathophysiology in occupational voice users

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3063
Office: CD_A128
Campus Mail Code: CD10


Dr. Shembel's research focuses on the effects of increased neuromuscular demands on the vocal subsystems. She did her postdoctoral training at the NYU School of Medicine studying the effects of vocal exercise on aging laryngeal muscle. She received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh where she studied the effects of increased respiratory drive on laryngeal physiology in aerobic athletes. She earned her MA in communication science & disorders from the University of Pittsburgh and BS in communication science & disorders, with minors in theater, dance, and music with a voice emphasis from the Pennsylvania State University. Adrianna is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and has practiced in a variety of outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation settings, diagnosing and treating patients with voice and breathing disorders.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Shembel, A.C., Lenell, C., Chen, S., Johnson, A.M. (2020). Effects of vocal training on thyroarytenoid muscle neuromuscular junctions and myofibers in young and older rats. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A.

McKenna, V. S., Diaz-Cadiz, M. E., Shembel, A. C., Enos, N. M., & Stepp, C. E. (2019). The relationship between physiological mechanisms and the self-perception of vocal effort. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(4), 815-834.

Shembel. A.C., Hartnick, C., Bunting, G., Ballif, C., Vanswearingen, J., Shaiman, S., Johnson, A., de Guzman, V., Verdolini Abbott, K. (2018). The study of laryngoscopic and autonomic patterns in exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology. 127(11), 754-762.

Shembel, A.C., Hartnick, C., Bunting, G., Ballif, C., Shaiman, S., de Guzman, V., Verdolini Abbott, K. (2018). Perceptual clinical features in exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO): Towards improving diagnostic approaches. Journal of Voice.

Shembel, A. C., Rosen, C. A., Zullo, T. G., & Gartner-Schmidt, J. L. (2013). Development and validation of the cough severity index: A severity index for chronic cough related to the upper airway. The Laryngoscope, 123(8), 1931-1936.