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


VoiceTx available in the Google Play Store!

June 18th, 2017 in News.

VoiceTx is a flexible mobile application for the documentation of voice therapy that is now available in the Google Play Store. The app is free and compatible for download on all Android platforms.
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Defne Abur wins a Best Poster award at the Annual Voice Foundation Symposium!

June 6th, 2017 in News.

Congratulations to Dr. Megan MacPherson, Defne Abur, Adrianna Shembel and Dr. Cara Stepp for receiving the second place award for Best Poster at the 46th Annual Voice Foundation Symposium! Their poster was entitled “Autonomic and Acoustic Measures during Speech as a Function of Cognitive Load in Healthy Older Adults“.


Congrats to Tyler Baxter!

May 26th, 2017 in News.

Congratulations to Tyler Baxter who will be starting graduate school at University of New Hampshire’s Clinical Nurse Leader program! We will miss you!


Congratulations to Stepp Lab graduates!

May 22nd, 2017 in News.

Many congratulations to all of our graduates who received their degrees yesterday! We will miss our clinical recruitment assistants Molly Balseiro, Julia Donovan, and Vaishalie Ramsumair who received the B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing sciences and our research assistants Ashling Lupiani (received the B.A. in Neuroscience) and Kate Girouard (received the B.S. in biomedical engineering).

Dr. Stepp profiled by the ASHA Leader

May 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized.

Dr. Stepp was recently profiled in the ASHA Leader on our lab’s work on the objective assessment of laryngeal function to improve treatment strategies for hyperfunctional voice disorders. The full text is here.

Congrats to Senior Project Design Team!

May 9th, 2017 in News.

BME ME team 2017 - device - croppedCongratulations to our Senior Project Design Team, consisting of Biomedical engineering students Kate Girouard and Victoria Frick and Mechanical engineering student Evi Shiakolas, on completing their project! In collaboration with the Stepp Lab and Dr. Susan Fager at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, the team designed an open-source switch to enable communication for severely paralyzed users who currently have no way to access an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device!  More

2017 Boston Speech Motor Control Mini-Symposium

March 31st, 2017 in News.

Stepp lab members presented posters at the Boston Speech Motor Control Mini-Symposium. This event was sponsored by Boston University’s Center for Research in Sensory Communication and Emerging Neural Technology (CRESCENT) and included invited talks and a poster session on speech motor control.

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Undergraduate researchers receive Summer 2017 UROP Awards!

March 30th, 2017 in News.

Congratulations to Nadia Oleinik, Jake Noordzij, and Nicole Enos for receiving Summer 2017 UROP awards!