Cara E. Stepp, Ph.D.

Photo of Dr. Stepp width=Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Stepp Lab

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences &Technology
SM, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
SB, Engineering Science, Smith College

Research Interests

Engineering tools to rehabilitate disordered sensorimotor function.

Current Research

  • Understanding the relationship between acoustic parameters and speech and voice physiology as measured by kinematics (using electromagnetography and optics) and neural signals (sEMG, hooked wire EMG, EEG) in a variety of disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, laryngeal dystonia, vocal hyperfunction) to develop objective measures of voice and speech to aid clinical assessment
  • Developing and testing novel videogame-based rehabilitation interventions to improve the quality of life of individuals with sensorimotor disorders of speech and swallowing
  • Using cortical and neuromuscular oscillations to identify functional biomarkers for disorders of fine motor control (e.g., speech, swallowing, upper limb control) to design rehabilitation protocols able to specifically target motor learning
  • Developing novel neurotechnology for speech assistance and rehabilitation

Selected Recent Publications