Cara E. Stepp, PhD

Cara E. Stepp, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Peter Paul Career Development Professor
Junior Faculty Fellow, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering
Director, Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering Lab
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, 2011
Ph.D., Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, 2009
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2008
S.B., Smith College, Northampton, 2004
Website or Lab
Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering Lab
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Health Matters Virtual Conference

Dr. Stepp presents The Sargent Voice Collaboration. Hosted by Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, this presentation was a part of an online, virtual conference, “Health Matters,” which took place on September 17, 2015.

Courses Taught

  • SAR SH523 Introduction to Speech Science

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Engineering tools to rehabilitate disordered sensorimotor function
  • Neurolaryngology
  • Quantitative assessment of voice and speech function

Recent Presentations

  • Lien Y.S., Stepp C.E. “Automated Estimation of Relative Fundamental Frequency”, Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 3 – 7 July, 2013, In Press.
  • Hands G.L., Larson E., Stepp C.E. “The role of augmentative visual training in auditory human-machine-interface performance”, Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 3 – 7 July, 2013, In Press.
  • Lien Y.S., Gattuccio, C.I., Stepp C.E. “The Effect of Phonetic Context on Relative Fundamental Frequency”, 10th International Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research (AQL) Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 3-4 June 2013. [podium presentation] **Winner of the AQL Best Paper Award
  • Britton D., Merati A., Benditt J.O., Stepp C., Hu C., Miller R., Yorkston K. “Associations between laryngeal and cough dysfunction in motor neuron disease (MND),” Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 13-16, 2013. [poster presentation]

Recent Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Peter Paul Career Development Professorship 2012-2015
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Early Career Contributions in Research, 2012
  • NSF Neural Engineering Travel Award, 2011
  • Student Excellence in Neural Interfacing Travel Award, 2010
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Presidential Award, 2009

Selected Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator, Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund; Videogame-Based Speech Rehabilitation for Children with Hearing Loss, September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014.
  • Co-Investigator, Subcontract Principal Investigator, NIH NIDCD R42 (Phase II STTR); Development of an Electromyographically Controlled Electrolarynx Voice Prosthesis, July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015.
  • Principal Investigator, NIH NIDCD R03; Automation of Relative Fundamental Frequency Estimation, March 5, 2013 – February 28, 2016.
  • Principal Investigator, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Research Grant; Improving the reliability of estimates of voice relative fundamental frequency, January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013.