25th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Stepp lab undergraduate Courtney Dunsmuir ’24 recently presented her summer research conducted through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at BU’s 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held at Boston University on October 21, 2022.

Courtney’s research explored the differential contributions of auditory and somatosensory feedback control mechanisms of laryngeal and articulatory speech subsystems in persons with Parkinson’s disease.

We would like to congratulate Courtney for her wonderful presentation and continued contribution to research conducted under Stepp Lab! She is also a recipient of Fall UROP 2022 funding.


Courtney Dunsmuir and her poster titled “Investigation of Auditory and Somatosensory Feedback in Vocal and Articulatory Motor Control Function for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease”.

Hasini Weerathunge selected to receive Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Student Fellowship!


Congratulations to Hasini Weerathunge for receiving a 2022 ANCDS Student Fellowship!

The ANCDS conference theme for this year is Right Hemisphere Disorders with the goal to promote ongoing discussions and evidence‐based practice to improve the care and quality of life of patients with neurologically based communication disorders.

Kimberly Dahl awarded 2021 ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship!

Congratulations to lab member Kimberly Dahl for winning the ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to strong doctoral candidates who are pursuing teacher-investigator careers in the academic environment. Kim will use this scholarship to help further her research examining voice and communication in transmasculine individuals and other gender-diverse populations.

Defne Abur receives NIH F31 award!

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Defne Abur!

Defne was recently awarded an NIH/NIDCD F31 predoctoral fellowship to study "Longitudinal changes to speech in Parkinson’s disease phenotypes"!  


Alum Gabriel Cler selected to the inaugural class of the NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program

Stepp Lab alum Gabriel Cler has been selected as an award recipient for the NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program (OSNAP)! The Outstanding Scholar in Neuroscience is a new postdoctoral recruiting effort designed to recognize and support those who are conducting exceptional research and have a great academic potential! Congratulations, Gabe!