Boston Speech Motor Control Working Group

Since August 2014, Sargent College has hosted the Boston Speech Motor Control Working Group, the goal of which is to bring Boston-area researchers and students together to facilitate sharing ideas and recent findings (works in progress) in the area of speech motor control. The group is run by the Stepp Lab and meets three times per year at Boston University (once per semester). The focus of these meetings are trainee (student and post-doc) presentations of work-in-progress, allowing for early feedback and dissemination among our community. The goal is to generate active, respectful discussion and feedback. Speakers and titles for the meetings thus far are listed below. If you would like to join our mailing list or volunteer to give a talk, please contact Dr. Stepp at cstepp@bu.edu.

September 20, 2017:
Kaila Stipancic, Doctoral Student, MGH Institute for Health Professions (mentor Jordan Green), “Minimally Detectable Change and Minimal Clinically Important Difference of  a Decline in Speech Intelligibility and Speaking Rate for Individuals with ALS”
Karen Chenausky, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center (mentor Gottfried Schlaug), “Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism: Preliminary Findings”
Elaine Kearney, Doctoral Student, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto (mentor Yana Yunusova), “The Speech Movement Disorder in Parkinson’s Disease and its Rehabilitation using Augmented Visual Feedback”

March 31, 2017:
2017 Boston Speech Motor Control Mini-Symposium, Sponsored by BU CRESCENT, Details available here.

December 15, 2016:
Christopher Markiewicz, Doctoral Student, Boston University (mentor Jason Bohland), “Multivariate pattern analysis of input and output representations of speech”
Saul Frankford, Doctoral Student, Boston University (mentor Frank Guenther), “Reliability of fMRI data during speech production tasks”
Austin Rosner, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Mother Infant Research Institute, Tufts Medical Center (mentor Jill Maron, sharing her dissertation work with Steven Barlow), “Shedding light on the brain: Using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to study hemodynamic changes in hand and orofacial sensorimotor cortex”

Aug 23, 2016:
Rachelle Horwitz-Martin, Doctoral Student, Harvard University (mentors Jordan Green and Tom Quatieri), “Relation of Automatically Extracted Formant Trajectories with Intelligibility Loss and Speaking Rate Decline in Amyotraphic Lateral Sclerosis”
Elizabeth Heller Murray, Doctoral Student, Boston University (mentor Cara Stepp), “The Impact of Glottal Configuration on Speech Breathing”
Jenn Segawa, Postdoctoral Associate, Boston University (mentor Frank Guenther), “Neural Representations of Syllabic Structure and Phonemic Content”

May 3, 2016:
Gabriel Cler, Doctoral Candidate, BU (mentor Cara Stepp), “Articulatory Kinematic Analysis of Speech Sound Errors Under Delayed Auditory Feedback”
Fangxu Xing, Postdoctoral Fellow, MGH (mentor Jonghye Woo), “Internal Tongue Motion Analysis from Tagged and Cine Magnetic Resonance Imaging”

January 25, 2016:
Tory McKenna, Doctoral Student, Boston University (mentor Cara Stepp), “The Relationship Between Relative Fundamental Frequency and a Kinematic Estimate of Laryngeal Stiffness in Healthy Adults”
Greg Ciccarelli, Doctoral Student, MIT (mentors John Gabrieli, Satra Ghosh, and Tom Quatieri), “The Vocal Source Modeling and Applications”
Carrie Niziolek, Postdoctoral Associate, Boston University (mentor Swathi Kiran), “Assessing the Neurophysiological Causes of Speech Production Errors in Patients with Aphasia”

September 3, 2015:
Kristen Allison, Postdoctoral Research Associate, MGH Institute for Health Professions (mentor Jordan Green), “Early Predictors of Pediatric Dysarthria in Cerebral Palsy”
Jill Thorson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University (mentor Rupal Patel), “Assessing prosody in individuals with congenital versus acquired dysarthria”
Rosemary Lester, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University (mentor Cara Stepp), “The Effects of Physiological Adjustments on the Perceptual and Acoustical Characteristics of Vocal Tremor”

May 19, 2015:
Ayoub Daliri, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University (mentor Frank Guenther), “Sensorimotor control in adults who stutter”
Gabriel Cler, Doctoral Student, Boston University (mentor Cara Stepp), “Surface electromyographic control of communication interfaces”
Claire Cordella, Doctoral Student, Harvard University (mentor Jordan Green), “Motor speech and linguistic aspects of primary progressive aphasia”

January 9, 2015:
Lenny Varghese, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University (mentors Cara Stepp and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham), “Sensorimotor adaptation of nasal acoustics”
Bridget Perry, Doctoral Student, MGH Institute for Health Professions (mentor Jordan Green), “The effects of labial strength training on labial strength and range of motion following full facial transplantation”
Jarrad Van Stan, Doctoral Student, MGH Institute for Health Professions (mentor Robert Hillman), “Development of a two-dimensional virtual environment to study variability in vocal motor learning”

August 1, 2014:
Heather Kember, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University (mentor Rupal Patel), “Inducing speech errors in dysarthria: A window to cognitive and motor processes”
Panying Rong, Research Fellow, MGH Institute of Health Professions (mentor Jordan Green), “An explanatory model of speech intelligibility decline in persons with ALS”
Elisa Golfinopoulos, Research Scientist, Boston University (mentor Frank Guenther), “Mapping dysfunctional brain activity in adults with adductor spasmodic dysphonia”