Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP


  • Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
  • Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery
  • UW Health Medical Director of Speech & Hearing Services
  • Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
(608) 263-0192

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) BLDG. 1485
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2275


  • BS, University of Western Ontario, Biology, London, Ontario, Canada, 1989
  • MS, Communication Disorders, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1992
  • PhD, Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001

Clinical Specialties

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC–SLP, is the Medical Director of the Speech & Hearing Services at UW Health and the Diane M. Bless Endowed Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Research Interests

Dr. Thibeault is the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her NIDCD funded research efforts are primarily in the areas of vocal fold mucosa biology encompassing regenerative medicine, immunology and development.

Specific to WiSOR affiliated health services research, Dr. Thibeault is the Principal Investigator for the University of Wisconsin–Madison Voice and Swallow Outcomes Database. This is a disease specific database that has health-related data including long-term data from more than 5000 patients who have been seen at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Dr. Thibeault’s Lab >>

Recent Publications

  • Relationship Between Auditory-Perceptual and Objective Measures of Resonance in Children with Cleft Palate: Effects of Intelligibility and Dysphonia.
    Fujiki RB, Kostas G, Thibeault SL
    Cleft Palate Craniofac J 2023 Mar 08; 10556656231162238
    [PubMed ID: 36890706]

  • Piezo1-expressing vocal fold epithelia modulate remodeling via effects on self-renewal and cytokeratin differentiation.
    Foote AG, Lungova V, Thibeault SL
    Cell Mol Life Sci 2022 Nov 14; 79(12): 591
    [PubMed ID: 36376494]

  • Localization of TRPV3/4 and PIEZO1/2 sensory receptors in murine and human larynges.
    Foote AG, Tibbetts J, Bartley SM, Thibeault SL
    Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol 2022 Dec; 7(6): 1963-1972
    [PubMed ID: 36544955]

  • Pediatric Voice Therapy: How Many Sessions to Discharge?
    Fujiki RB, Thibeault SL
    Am J Speech Lang Pathol 2022 Nov 16; 31(6): 2663-2674
    [PubMed ID: 36198045]

  • Risk Factors for Dysphagia in Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19.
    Holdiman A, Rogus-Pulia N, Pulia MS, Stalter L, Thibeault SL
    Dysphagia 2022 Sep 15; 1-10
    [PubMed ID: 36109398]

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