Cara Stepp Awarded $10,000 Research Grant at National Meeting of Communication Professionals

Boston University Assistant Professor Cara Stepp received a $10,000 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Research Grant during the recent 2012 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), held November 15-17 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The New Century Scholars Research Grant supports scientists with a research doctorate who are conducting innovative studies to address unmet research needs in communication sciences and disorders. This program is made possible through the ASHFoundation’s Dreams and Possibilities Campaign.

Stepp runs the Stepp Lab for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering where she brings her engineering expertise to the study of normal and disordered speech and voice. Her lab’s long-term goal is to use its findings to help rehabilitate people who have experienced a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, or other condition that impairs speech and swallowing.

Stepp has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an S.M. in electrical engineering and computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with ASHA and is part of the Association’s annual convention ─ the most comprehensive development conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

ASHFoundation’s mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatment of hearing, speech, and language problems. The ASHFoundation also raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support research, graduate education, and special projects that foster discovery and innovation in the field of communication sciences.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.