Category: News

Hasini Weerathunge selected to receive a Hariri Graduate Fellowship!

June 1st, 2020 in News

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Hasini Weerathunge!

Hasini Weerathunge was recently selected as a Hariri Graduate Student Fellow. The Hariri Graduate Fellows Program recognizes outstanding PhD graduate students who pursue computational and data-driven research at Boston University.

Defne Abur receives NIH F31 award!

April 17th, 2020 in News

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

March 11th, 2020 in News

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!

Dr. Cara Stepp gives 10th Annual Minifie Lecture at University of Washington!

December 6th, 2019 in News

New article in ASHA Perspectives SIG 3!

November 1st, 2019 in News

Check out our new article “Research-Based Updates in Swallowing and Communication Dysfunction in Parkinson Disease: Implications for Evaluation and Management” published in the Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups SIG 3 authored by Courtney Broadfoot, Defne Abur, Jesse Hoffmeister, Cara Stepp, and Michelle Ciucci!

Roxanne Segina awarded ASHFoundation’s 2019 NSSLHA Graduate Student Scholarship!

October 31st, 2019 in News

Congratulations to lab member Roxanne Segina for winning the ASHFoundation's NSSLHA Graduate Student Scholarship! This endowed scholarship is awarded to students beginning their first year in a Communication Sciences and Disorders master's degree program. Roxanne will be recognized by the ASHFoundation at the 2019 ASHA Convention.

Daniel Buckley presents at the 2019 Fall Voice Conference

October 23rd, 2019 in News

STEPP Lab's Daniel Buckley presented our work at the 2019 Fall Voice Conference "Transmasculine Voice Modification: A Case Study" and "Muscle Tension Dysphagia: An Expanded Clinical Picture". Excellent work, Daniel!

Defne Abur awarded ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship!

October 11th, 2019 in News

Congratulations to lab member Defne Abur 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. Defne will use this scholarship to help further her research examining auditory contributions to speech production in individuals with and without neurological disease.

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

July 23rd, 2019 in News

Congratulations to Defne Abur for receiving a 2019 ANCDS Student Fellowship!

The ANCDS conference theme for this year is Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders – Fueling the Future with the goal to promote ongoing discussions and evidence‐based practice to improve the care and quality of life of patients with neurogenic disorders.

Lab members present at AQL in Montreal earlier this week!

June 6th, 2019 in News

Lab doctoral students Jenny Vojtech, Matti Groll, Kimberly Dahl, and Dr. Elizabeth Heller Murray presented their research at the 13th International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research in Montreal this week. Nice work!

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  • Jenny Vojtech

    "Optimization of Relative Fundamental Frequency Estimation Algorithms: Accounting for Sample Characteristics & Fundamental Frequency Estimation Method"

  • Matti Groll

    "The Effects of Laryngeal Massage and Nebulized Saline on High-Voice Users"

  • Kimberly Dahl

    "Effects of voice changes under testosterone therapy on listener perception of gender: A transgender case study"

  • Dr. Elizabeth Heller Murray

    "Auditory acuity to fundamental frequency in children with and without vocal fold nodules"