Dr. Erickson-DiRenzo received her Master’s degree in speech language pathology from Purdue University in 2008. She then completed her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at Indiana University Health – Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana. Following the completion of her Master’s degree, she remained at Purdue and received her Ph.D. in 2012 in laryngeal physiology. Dr. Erickson-DiRenzo then completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying vocal fold biology.
Dr. Erickson-DiRenzo joined the Stanford faculty in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. Her clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of patients with voice disorders, with particular emphasis on improving the vocal health of singers. She is thrilled to lecture regularly in the Department of Music and to help maintain the vocal health of singers within the department and throughout Stanford University.
Dr. Erickson-DiRenzo’s overarching research goal is to use techniques from the basic sciences and human clinical sciences to improve the prevention and management of voice disorders. Specifically, in her basic science laboratory, she investigates the cellular and molecular events leading to the development of voice disorders and seek to identify unique mechanisms involved in protection of the vocal fold mucosa from injury. Dr. Erickson-DiRenzo also studies clinical and quality of life outcomes in patients with voice disorders undergoing surgical or behavioral interventions. She is particularly interested in the impact of vocal training and vocal hygiene on the singer’s voice. Her ultimate aim is to utilize her research findings to develop novel interventions that prevent and manage voice disorders.