Defne Abur, B.S.
Dept. of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Speech Motor Control; Parkinson’s disease; Auditory contributions to voice production; Autophonic judgments of voice; Vocal Hyperfunction
2017 – Present Ph.D., Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (expected), Boston University
2010 – 2014 B. S., Engineering Science with Biomathematics Concentration, Smith College
Honors and Awards
|2020||ASHA Pathways program mentee|
|2020||National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Pre-doctoral fellowship “Longitudinal Changes to Speech in Parkinson’s Disease Phenotypes” NIDCD F31 DC019032|
|2019||ASHFoundation New Century Doctoral Scholarship|
|2019||Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Conference Student Fellow Award|
|2019||Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund Award|
|2019||Raymond H. Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science, Honorable Mention|
|2018||Rafik. B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science Engineering Graduate Student Fellow Award|
|2017||NIH/NIDCD Traineeship T32DC013017 “Advanced research training in communication sciences and disorders”|
|2017||2nd Place, Best Poster Award, The Voice Foundation Annual Symposium|
|2013||Sigma Xi (Research Honor Society)|
|2012 – 2014||NSF Fellowship 1129194 “Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biology and Mathematical Sciences”|
(For a full list, see Google Scholar)
Abur, D., MacPherson, M. K., Stepp, C. E. (In Press) Acoustic Measures of Voice and Physiologic Measures of Autonomic Arousal during Speech as a Function of Cognitive Load in Older Adults. Journal of Voice.
Abur, D. & Stepp, C.E., “Acuity to Changes in Vocal Pitch in Parkinson’s disease”. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(9), pp. 3208-3214, 2020.
Abur D., Enos, N.E., Stepp, C.E., “Visual-Analog-Scale Ratings and Orthographic Transcription Measures of Intelligibility in Parkinson’s disease with Variable Listener Exposure”, American journal of speech-language pathology, pp. 1-11, 2019.
Abur, D., Lupiani, A.A., Hickox A.E., Shinn-Cunningham, B.G., Stepp, C.E. “Loudness Perception of Pure Tones in Parkinson’s disease”, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61 (6), pp. 1487 – 1496, 2018.
Abur, D., Lester-Smith, R.A., Daliri, A., Lupiani, A.A., Guenther, F.H., Stepp, C.E. “Sensorimotor Adaptation of Voice Fundamental Frequency in Parkinson’s Disease”, PLoS ONE, 13(1): e0191839, 2018.
Abur, D., Horton, N.J., & Voss, S.E. “Intra-subject variability in Power Reflectance”, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 25(5), 441 – 448, 2014.
Weerathunge, H. R., Abur, D., Enos, N., Brown, K., Stepp, C.E., “Methodological Considerations for Auditory-Motor Perturbations of fo: feedback delay and amplification”. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(9), pp. 2846-2860, 2020.
Kearney, E., Nieto-Castañón, A., Weerathunge, H.,Falsini, R., Daliri, A., Abur, D., Ballard, K., Chao, S., Heller Murray, L., Scott, T., & Guenther, F. (Accepted), “A Simple 3-Parameter Model for Examining Adaptation in Speech and Voice Production”. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2995, 2020.
Broadfoot, C. K., Abur, D., Hoffmeister, J. D., Stepp, C.E., Ciucci, M. “Research-Based Updates in Swallowing and Communication Dysfunction in Parkinson Disease: Implications for Evaluation and Management”, Perspectives of ASHA Special Interest Groups SIG 3. 4(5), pp. 825 – 841, 2019.
Stepp, C.E., Lester-Smith, R.A., Abur, D., Daliri, A., Noordzij, J.P., Lupiani, A.A. “Evidence for Auditory-Motor Impairment in Individuals with Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders”, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60 (6), pp. 1545 – 1550, 2017.
MacPherson, M., Abur, D., Stepp, C.E. “Acoustic measures of voice and physiologic measures of autonomic arousal during speech as a function of cognitive load”, Journal of Voice, 31 (4), pp. 504e1 – 504e9, 2016.
Stieger, C., Abur, D., Merchant, J., Roushan, K., Farahmand, R., Rosowski, J.J., Nakajima, H.H. “Experimental Audiology: Pressure Measurements in the cochlea to investigate the sound transmission”, Biomedical Engineering-Biomedizinische Technik, V59, 773 – 774, 2014.