Edie Hapner


Areas of treatment:

Behavioral Treatment of Disorders of Voice
Resonance and Upper Airway


  • Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery


  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Edie Hapner, PhD


Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Downtown Los Angeles
  • USC Healthcare Center 4
  • USC Otolaryngology Associates – Glendale

About this doctor:

Edie Hapner, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in the behavioral treatment of disorders of voice, resonance and upper airway. Her expertise spans more than 30 years as a speech language pathologist working in collaboration with laryngologists to provide state of the art evaluation and treatment for voice and swallowing disorders. Her research interests include the aging voice, adherence to behavioral therapies and outcomes in the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia. In collaboration with her team, Hapner has developed and researched the impact of large-scale head and neck cancer screenings at NASCAR tracks around the country. Her efforts have provided early detection and education to more than 5,000 NASCAR participants. She has been active in educating our future physicians and healthcare workers on identifying head and neck cancer early and providing related health care information to their patients. She serves on the Board of Directors for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Philosophy of Care
My philosophy of care is one that embraces a model of multiple healthcare professionals working in concert to provide state of the art care within the desires and needs of our patients. I strive to be the conduit between medical professionals on behalf of my patients. Fluid, comprehensive communication between healthcare professionals both inside and outside Keck Medicine of USC provides patients with optimal care. I also strive to be sensitive to the outside influences that make adherence to care and to health change difficult. I am committed to helping my patients navigate change within the context of their lives and their needs. Working together with my patients as partners has allowed me to move people through changes toward better health and better quality of life in a shorter time thus reducing the burden of multiple therapy sessions and disruptions.


PhD, Hearing and Speech Science, with honors, Vanderbilt University, 2003
MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Magna Cum Laude, Fontbonne College, 1981

BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Summa Cum Laude, University of Missouri, 1980


Veterans Administration Doctoral Research Trainee Academic Tuition Awarded Atlanta, GA, 1997-1998
Veterans Administration Trainee Academic Tuition Awarded Nashville, TN, 1995-1997
Veterans Administration Masters Student Clinical Trainee Academic Tuition Awarded
St. Louis, Missouri, 1980-1981
Veterans Administration Undergraduate Student Trainee, North Chicago, Illinois, 6/1980-8/1980


Veterans Administration Medical Center, Research Fellow, Atlanta, GA, August 1997 - May 1998
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Research Fellow, Nashville, TN, August 1995 - August 1996


American Speech Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, April 1981 - present

Professional society memberships:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1981- present
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2003 - present
American Head and Neck Society, 2010


Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Emory University Scholar of the Year, for best published paper (as determined from a selected national panel of department chairs from university departments of otolaryngology) Inaugural Award Recipient, June 2015
National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association Travel grant winner, Fall Voice Conference
San Antonio, Texas, November 2014 

The Voice Foundation Annual Symposium
, Best Poster Award
“Effort Scaling and Phonation Threshold Pressure in Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia,” June 2013

Honor Award
 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Vancouver, Canada, September 2013

Kathleen Quigley Lectureship, Society for Otolaryngology Nurses Chicago, Illinois, September 2008
Outstanding Alumnae University of Missouri Department of Education Columbia, MA, May 2007 

Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association Clinician of the Year
Atlanta, GA, March 2007

Award for Volunteerism, 
Georgia Speech and Hearing Association,
Awarded to the Speech Language Pathology program Emory Voice Center, 
Atlanta, GA, March 2007

Clinical Scholars, 
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Alexandria, Virginia, 2005-2006

Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation Georgia Chapter, Volunteerism Award
Atlanta, GA, May 2003

Florida Speech Language and Hearing Association Outstanding volunteer recognition, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 1996
National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, Faculty Advisor of the Year nominee, Rockville, MD, December 1995