Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Dr. Ruth Crutchfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Theresa Mata-Pistokache

Third Advisor

Dr. Jocelyn McDonald


Current literature suggests that dance therapy in individuals with Parkinson’s disease shows noticeable improvement in motor functions, for example gait and balance improvement. Additionally, patients with Parkinson’s disease who participate in dance therapy may perceive positive benefits on their quality of life. Therefore, it is believed that increases in core support and improvements in posture, as a result of dance therapy, will have effects on the voice in patients with PD.

This thesis pulls from literature supporting treatment approaches in the field of speech-language pathology for voice patients with Parkinson’s disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of dance therapy on voice in patients with Parkinson’s disease in a multicultural population. In this study, a quantitative design was employed to record patients’ perceptions of effects on their voice following dance therapy. Research findings reveal half of respondents observed improvements in their voice following dance therapy.


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