Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
100 Clinical Research Services
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-6018

Phone: (713) 743-2897
Fax: (713) 743-2926  

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Monica McHenry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

  • Phone: (713) 743-5503

  • FAX: (713 743-2926

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  • Office: Clinical Research Services 116

Monica McHenry received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington.  She came to the University of Houston after having a position at a head trauma rehabilitation facility that combined her research and clinical interests in motor speech disorders.  Dr. McHenry is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Dr. McHenry’s current research is focused in two areas, the impact of physiology and perception on speaker intelligibility, and care of the occupational voice. 

Dr. McHenry is also involved in shared governance at the university.



  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University

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Research Interests

Dr. McHenry collaborates with a number of researchers on campus and in the medical community. Her voice research is in collaboration with Joseph Evans, singing teacher in the School of Music, and Jim Johnson, voice and dialect teacher in the School of Theatre. They are primarily exploring strategies for individuals to prevent voice problems as developing singers and actors.

Dr. McHenry also works with researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Their work focuses on analyzing physician-patient interactions to improve the ability to communicate empathy.

A recent collaboration is with Dr. Al Fenoy at the Baylor College of Medicine. Drs. McHenry and Fenoy will investigate the speech characteristics of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease undergoing deep brain stimulation.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • McHenry, M. A. (2011). An exploration of listener variability in intelligibility judgments. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 119-123.
  • McHenry, M., Parker, P. A., Baile, W. F., & Lenzi, R., (2011); Voice Analysis during bad news discussion in oncology: Reduced pitch, decreased speaking rate, and nonverbal communication of empathy.  Supportive Care in Cancer, DOI 101007/s00520-01101187-8.
  • McHenry, M, Johnson, J., Foshea, B. (2009). The effect of specific versus combined warm-up strategies on the voice. Journal of Voice, 23 (5), 572-576.
  • McHenry, M.A. & Parle, A.M.  (2006) "Construction of a set of unpredictable sentences for intelligibilty testing."  Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 14 (4),269-272.
  • Carlson, H. K. & McHenry, M.A. "Effect of Accent and Dialect on Employability." (2006). Journal of Employment Counseling, 43 (2), 70-83.
  • McHenry, M. A. & Liss, J.  (2006). "The impact of stimulated vocal loudness on nasalance in dysarthria." Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 14   (3), 197-105.


For a complete list of Dr. McHenry's publications, please visit her curriculum vitae.

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Affiliations and Links

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