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

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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

Neurology Stuttering Speech disorders Speech-motor control
Education & Training

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

Therapeutic Repetitive Bifocal Magnetic Stimulation of Speech Areas in Developmental Stuttering
Rosenfield, DB, John, B, Swiney, K, Booker, J & Helekar, S 2018, 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association, Atlanta, United States, 10/21/18 - 10/23/18, pp. S115.

Cortical perception
Rosenfield, DB 2018, Annals of Neurology, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 441-442. https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.25162

Fluency and Voice, Disorders of
Rosenfield, DB 2015, . in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition. Elsevier Inc. pp. 266-273. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.54042-2

Neurology of speech and language
Rosenfield, DB 2013, . in Animal Models of Speech and Language Disorders. Springer New York, pp. 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8400-4_1

Stuttered birdsong
Helekar, S, Salgado-Commissariat, D, Rosenfield, DB & Voss, HU 2013, . in SA Helekar (ed.), Animal Models of Speech and Language Disorders. Springer New York, pp. 185-208. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8400-4_7

Neural anomaly and reorganization in speakers who stutter: A short-term intervention study
Rosenfield, DB 2013, Neurology, vol. 80, no. 16. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e31828fa475

Dysarthria, Dysfluency, and Dysphagia
Rosenfield, DB 2010, . in Neurology Secrets. Elsevier, pp. 261-268. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-05712-7.00016-7

Stuttering and Dysfluency
Rosenfield, DB 2008, . in Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language. Elsevier, pp. 309-318. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-008045352-1.00030-6

Disorders of Fluency and Voice
Rosenfield, DB 2006, . in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. Elsevier, pp. 700-707. https://doi.org/10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/04169-9

Physician-authored medical espionage: Who and why
Rosenfield, DB 2006, Clinics in Dermatology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 143-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2005.05.001

The influence of neuromodulators on song-related plasticity in the songbird zebra finch
Salgado-Commissariat, D, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, S 2004, Neuroscience 2004 – Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, United States, 10/23/04 - 10/27/04, .

Nicotine-mediated plasticity in robust nucleus of the archistriatum of the adult zebra finch
Salgado-Commissariat, D, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, S 2004, Brain Research, vol. 1018, no. 1, pp. 97-105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2004.05.051

Invariance of temporal profiles of surface auditory evoked responses to song stimuli with respect to stimulus intensity in zebra finches
Helekar, S, Dixit, S, Rosenfield, DB & Salgado-Commissariat, D 2004, Neuroscience 2004 – Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, United States, 10/23/04 - 10/27/04, .

Modulation of ?/a frequency profiles of slow auditory-evoked responses in the songbird zebra finch
Espino, GG, Lewis, C, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, S 2003, Neuroscience, vol. 122, no. 2, pp. 521-529. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4522(03)00549-9

Development and adult phase plasticity of syllable repetitions in the birdsong of captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
Helekar, S, Espino, GG, Botas, A & Rosenfield, DB 2003, Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 117, no. 5, pp. 939-951. https://doi.org/10.1037/0735-7044.117.5.939

The temporal profiles of global auditory evoked responses reflecting conspecific song syllable discrimination and autogenic song syllable recognition in zebra finches
Helekar, S, Espino, GG & Rosenfield, DB 2003, 6th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, Prague, Czech Republic, 7/10/03 - 7/15/03, .

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1051228403013003015

Partial restoration of normal song in zebra finches that stutter
Rosenfield, DB, Espino, GG & Helekar, S 2003, 55th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 30 - April 6. Honolulu, United States, 3/29/03 - 4/5/03, .

Similarities in neural correlates of song discrimination in zebra finches with similar songs
Espino, GG, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, S 2003, Neuroscience 2003 – Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, United States, 11/8/03 - 11/12/03, .

The effect of nicotine on synaptic plasticity in a song nucleus of zebra finches
Salgado-Commissariat, D, Rosenfield, DB & Helekar, S 2002, Neuroscience 2002 - 32nd Annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience, Orlando, United States, 11/3/02 - 11/7/02, .

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