Robert J. Shprintzen, Ph.D.

Robert J. Shprintzen, Ph.D.

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • President and Chairman of the Board, The Virtual Center for Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, Inc.
  • Past President, The Society of Craniofacial Genetics
  • Past President, The Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children
  • Past Executive Director, The Virtual Center for Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, Inc.
  • Past Editor-in-Chief, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
  • ASHA Fellow
  • Awarded Honors of the Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2013

Degrees and Certifications

    • B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, 1968
    • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Rhode Island, 1970
    • Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, Syracuse University, 1973

Research Interests and Grants

    • Molecular genetics of human behavior
    • Anatomy and physiology of velopharyngeal function
    • Phenotype to genotype correlations in velo-cardio-facial syndrome
    • Biomarkers for psychosis in velo-cardio-facial syndrome
    •  Management of craniofacial syndromes
    • Grants: NIH support, Genetic Modifiers for Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, 1997 through 2011
    • NIH support, Biomarkers for Psychosis in Velo-cardio-Facial Syndrome, 2000-2011
    • March of Dimes support, educational videos, craniofacial genetics, 1984-1987
    • Clinical trial support, Aton Pharma, Treatment of psychosis in velo-cardio-facial syndrome, 2010

Publications and Presentations

    • Dr. Shprintzen has authored or co-authored 210 articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals and text books.
    • Dr. Shprintzen has authored or co-authored seven text books.
    • Dr. Shprintzen has made over 1,000 presentations at state, national and international meetings including lectures at universities and hospitals in more than 20 countries.

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