Category: News

New article in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

May 18th, 2018 in News

Check out our newly published article: Loudness Perception of Pure Tones in Parkinson’s Disease by Defne Abur, Ashling A. Lupiani, Ann E. Hickox, Barbara G. Shinn-Cunningham, and Cara E. Stepp.

Jake Noordzij presents at the 2018 BME Senior Design Project Conference

May 4th, 2018 in News

On May 4th, the Stepp Lab researcher Jake Noordzij presented his work in collaboration with Haiyun Xu and Boston University's Hearing Research Center at the annual Senior Design Project Conference. Their project, --entitled "Testing the Cortical Algorithm in Simulated Cocktail Party Environment"-- focused on evaluating the effectiveness of a neural network model to mitigate the impact of the cocktail party problem. Neat work!



Congratulations, Dr. McKenna!

April 11th, 2018 in News

Congrats to Dr. Victoria McKenna, who passed her dissertation defense entitled "The Relationship between Physiological, Acoustical, and Perceptual Measures of Vocal Effort." She will be furthering her academic career as a post-doctoral researcher at Purdue University under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Huber.

Victoria McKenna in front of her defense presentation

Various lab members posing with Victoria McKenna

Victoria McKenna presents at the 3rd Annual Boston University Data Science Day

February 2nd, 2018 in News

Victoria McKenna was one of 15 students chosen to present her research at the 3rd Annual Boston University Data Science Day, held on Friday January 26th. She presented a two-minute lightning-talk and poster presentation on the relationship betweenphysiological mechanisms and the self-perception of vocal effort. 

Victoria McKenna and a fellow student standing in front of her research poster.

Dr. Cara Stepp and Jenny Vojtech present their research at Delsys

November 1st, 2017 in News

On October 27th, Dr. Cara Stepp and Jenny Vojtech presented a talk on "Predicting optimal surface electromyographic control of human-machine interface devices in individuals with motor impairments" as part of the quarterly Delsys Seminar Series.


For more information about the talk, visit the Delsys Seminar Series page for the event.

Stepp lab undergraduates present at the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

October 16th, 2017 in News

On October 13th, Stepp lab undergraduates Nicole Enos, Jake Noordzij, and Nadia Oleinik presented their summer research conducted through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at BU's undergraduate research symposium.

Nicole Enos presenting a poster entitled "Comparing visual-analog-scale ratings and orthographic transcription estimates of intelligibility in naive listeners."


Jake Noordzij presenting a poster entitled "Effects of pitch and speech rate on the intelligibility, communication efficiency, and perceived naturalness of synthetic speech in augmentative and alternative communication."


Nadia Oleinik presenting a poster entitled "Hearing Threshold and the Acoustic Stapedial Reflex."

Defne Abur selected as NIH T32 Predoctoral Trainee

September 20th, 2017 in News

IMG_7065Defne Abur has been selected as a predoctoral trainee for a Boston University Institutional Training Grant (T32) from the NIH/NIDCD.

Nicole Enos wins UROP Outstanding Student Researcher Award!

September 19th, 2017 in News

Nicole Enos '19 received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Outstanding Student Researcher Award for her work in the Stepp Lab. Congratulations Nicole!!

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Version 1 automated RFF algorithms available for download!

August 8th, 2017 in News



Dr. Lien's final dissertation study has been accepted for publication in the Annals of Otology, Laryngology, and Rhinology:

Lien Y.S., Heller Murray E.S., Calabrese C., Michener C.M., Van Stan J., Mehta D.D., Hillman R.E., Noordzij J.P., Stepp C.E. “Validation of an algorithm for semi-automated estimation of relative fundamental frequency”, Annals of Otology, Laryngology, and Rhinology, In Press.


Our first version of publicly available automated algorithms to estimate relative fundamental frequency (RFF) are now available! You can read more about RFF, download the scripts, and get directions on their use here.

Stepp lab members attend 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control!

July 7th, 2017 in News

Stepp lab members Gabriel Cler, Elizabeth Heller Murray, and Dr. Cara Stepp had an awesome trip to 7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control ( held in the Netherlands! Gabriel Cler presented a talk titled "Multivariate Analyses for Large Articulography Datasets of Speech and Induced Speech Errors." Elizabether Heller Murray and Dr. Cara Stepp presented a poster titled "Auditory-Motor Impairment as an Underlying Basis of Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders."image3                image2