Kazlin Mason

3rd Year Doctoral CandidateKazlin Mason, MS CCC-SLP

Contact: masonka14@students.ecu.edu



East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Communication Sciences & Disorders

State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York
Master of Science (M.S.), Speech-Language Pathology

State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, New York
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Communication Disorders & Sciences; Music Performance

Clinical Fellowship: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite; Atlanta, Georgia


Current projects involve the development of clinical applications for volumetric modeling of the VP mechanism, nasopharyngeal airway, and adenoids using MRI and computer visualization. Additionally, assessment of pre-operative anatomical indicators and post-operative surgical and speech outcomes that occur secondary to muscle morphology and external forces.



Mason, K, Carmello, M. “Student Research: The Roles and Responsibilities.” Council on Undergraduate Research 33.3 (2013): 7-15. Web.

Golinko, MS, Mason, KN, Nett, K, Riski, JE, & Williams, JK. (2015). Sphincterplasty for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency in the Child Without a Cleft-Palate: Etiologies and Speech Outcomes. The Journal of craniofacial surgery,26(7), 2067-2071.

Mason, K, Perry, JL., & Riski, JE., Fang, X. (2016). “Age Related Changes Between the Level of Velopharyngeal Closure and the Cervical Spine”. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

Mason K & Perry, JL. (2016) “Relationship between age and diagnosis on volumetric and linear velopharyngeal measures in the cleft and non-cleft populations: a preliminary study”. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

Mason, K, Perry, JL., Ellis, C. (in preparation) “Association between Race and Therapeutic Service Utilization across individuals with cleft lip and palate”. Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Journal.

Mason, K, Perry, JL., Riski, JE. (in press). “Age Related Changes between the Height of Velopharyngeal Closure and the Palatal Plane in Subjects with Cleft and Non-Cleft Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Journal.



Mason, K. (PI), Perry, J., Riski, JE. (2015). “Examining the Insertion Site of Pharyngoplasties as an Outcome for Determining Success”. Cleft Palate Foundation Junior Investigator Grant. American Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Association. Amount: $5,000. Funded.

Mason, K. (2016). “The Effects of Gravity and Scar Contracture on Post-Surgical Tissue Changes and Speech Outcomes Following Pharyngoplasties”. College of Allied Health Sciences Dissertation Grant. East Carolina University. Amount: $5,000.

Hauhuth, K., Mason, K., Perry, JL. (2016). “MRI Analysis of the Velopharynx in infants before and after primary palatoplasty”. Research and Creativity Award. East Carolina University. Amount: $1,992.

Mason, K. (2017).  PhD Scholar Award and Research Grant. The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Amount: $20,000.