David B. Rosenfield, MD

David B. Rosenfield, M.D. Chair in Speech and Language in Neurology, Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Research Lab


David B. Rosenfield, M.D. directs the Speech and Language Center as well as the EMG and Motor Control Laboratory in the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital. As Professor of Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, he is a practicing neurology clinician as well as a physician-scientist who investigates speech-motor disruption and music/sound processing of the brain. Dr. Rosenfield has an active neurology practice, has published numerous scientific articles on speech and language, and holds joint appointments at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Houston. In addition, Dr. Rosenfield formerly wrote a book review column for several years, has published two medical-espionage novels, and co-authored a screen play to be featured at a film festival (in Austin) focusing on mental illness.

Description of Research

Dr. Rosenfield is engaged in basic, clinical, and translational research pertaining to how the brain processes speech-motor output. His laboratory focuses on stuttering and utilizes clinical and animal models pertaining to this disorder. He has been consistently funded by both the NIH and private agencies since 1982.

Areas Of Expertise

Stuttering Neurology Speech disorders Speech-motor control
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship , Duke University Medical Center
Residency , University of Iowa
MD , University of Illinois at Chicago

Neurology of speech and language
Rosenfield, DB 2013, . in Animal Models of Speech and Language Disorders. Springer New York, pp. 3-12. DOI:

Stuttered birdsong
Helekar, SA, Salgado-Commissariat, D, Rosenfield, DB & Voss, HU 2013, . in Animal Models of Speech and Language Disorders. Springer New York, pp. 185-208. DOI:

Neural anomaly and reorganization in speakers who stutter: A short-term intervention study
Rosenfield, DB 2013, Neurology, vol 80, no. 16. DOI:

Dysarthria, Dysfluency, and Dysphagia
Rosenfield, DB 2010, . in Neurology Secrets. Elsevier, pp. 261-268. DOI:

Stuttering and Dysfluency
Rosenfield, DB 2008, . in Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language. Elsevier, Ltd. pp. 309-318. DOI:

Disorders of Fluency and Voice
Rosenfield, DB 2006, . in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier, Ltd. pp. 700-707. DOI:

Physician-authored medical espionage: Who and why
Rosenfield, DB 2006, Clinics in Dermatology, vol 24, no. 2, pp. 143-145. DOI:

Nicotine-mediated plasticity in robust nucleus of the archistriatum of the adult zebra finch
Salgado-Commissariat, D, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, SA 2004, Brain Research, vol 1018, no. 1, pp. 97-105. DOI:

Modulation of ?/a frequency profiles of slow auditory-evoked responses in the songbird zebra finch
Espino, GG, Lewis, C, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, SA 2003, Neuroscience, vol 122, no. 2, pp. 521-529. DOI:

Development and adult phase plasticity of syllable repetitions in the birdsong of captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
Helekar, SA, Espino, GG, Botas, A & Rosenfield, DB 2003, Behavioral Neuroscience, vol 117, no. 5, pp. 939-951. DOI:

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of a stutterer's brain during overt speech
Viswanath, NS, Karmonik, C, King, D, Rosenfield, DB & Mawad, M 2003, Journal of Neuroimaging, vol 13, no. 3, pp. 280-281. DOI:

Neuroscience of stuttering [4]
Rosenfield, DB & Viswanath, NS 2002, Science, vol 295, no. 5557, pp. 973-974.

Do stutterers have different brains?
Rosenfield, DB 2001, Neurology, vol 57, no. 2, pp. 171-172.

Reduction of female-directed song motifs induced by repeated singing in laboratory-bred zebra finches
Botas, A, Espino, G, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, SA 2001, Neuroscience Letters, vol 297, no. 3, pp. 203-206. DOI:

Acoustic pattern variations in the female-directed birdsongs of a colony of laboratory-bred zebra finches
Helekar, SA, Marsh, S, Viswanath, NS & Rosenfield, DB 2000, Behavioural Processes, vol 49, no. 2, pp. 99-110. DOI:

Transient speech compromise following sublabial transsphenoidal surgery: A case report and findings of a small preliminary study
Viswanath, NS, Rosenfield, DB, Baskin, DS & Wieber, SJ 2000, Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, vol 79, no. 4, pp. 286-289.

Preponderance of Lead Voice Onset Times in Stutterers Under Varying Constraints
Viswanath, NS & Rosenfield, DB 2000, Communication Disorders Quarterly, vol 22, no. 1, pp. 49-55. DOI:

Overt phonological errors during part-word repetitions: Some theoretical implications
Viswanath, NS, Pointdexter, M & Rosenfield, DB 1999, Journal of Fluency Disorders, vol 24, no. 2, pp. 107-117. DOI:

Stuttering induced by theophylline
Rosenfield, DB, McCarthy, M, McKinney, K, Viswanath, NS & Nudelman, HB 1994, Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, vol 73, no. 12, pp. 914-917.

A model of the phonatory response time of stutterers and fluent speakers to frequency-modulated tones
Nudelman, HB, Herbrich, KE, Hess, KR, Hoyt, BD & Rosenfield, DB 1992, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 92, no. 4 I, pp. 1882-1888. DOI: