Cara Stepp, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

PhD, Harvard University



Dr. Stepp is the director of the STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University. Her research uses engineering tools to rehabilitate disordered sensorimotor function of voice and speech. Her long-term research goal is to extend current and novel therapeutic advances to the speech system, improving current treatment alternatives.

2015-2020 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award
2014-2017 Boston University: Junior Faculty Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering
2013-2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award
2013-2013 Boston University: Clinical and Translational Science Institute K-L2 Fellowship
2012-2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Early Career Contributions in Research
2012-2015 Boston University: Peter Paul Career Development Professorship
2011-2011 NSF Neural Engineering Travel Award
2009-2009 American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Presidential Award


CAREER: Enabling Enhanced Communication through Human-Machine-Interfaces
04/01/2015 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
National Science Foundation
IIS-1452169

An acoustic estimate of laryngeal tension for clinical assessment of voice disorders
07/15/2016 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Com
1R01DC015570-01

UNS: Collaborative Research: Prosodic Control of Speech Synthesis for Assistive Communication in Severe Paralysis
07/15/2015 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
National Science Foundation
CBET-1510563

Sensorimotor mechanisms of vocal hyperfunction
03/01/2017 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIDCD
1P50DC015446-01A1

Automation of Relative Fundamental Frequency Estimation
03/05/2013 - 02/28/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Com
5R03DC012651-03

Improving Outcome Measurement for Medical Rehabilitaiton Clinical Trials
09/23/2010 - 05/31/2016 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Alan M. Jette, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Child Health &
5R24HD065688-05

Development of an Electromyographically Controlled Electrolarynx (EMG-EL) Voice Prosthesis
05/20/2013 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
Griffin Laboratories, Inc NIH NIDCD
5R42DC011212-03

Videogame-Based Speech Rehabilitation for Children with Hearing Loss
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund


Development of an Electromyographically Controlled Electrolarynx (EMG-EL) Voice Prosthesis
05/01/2013 - 04/30/2014 (PI)
Griffin Laboratories, Inc NIH NICHD
2R42DC011212

Improving the Reliability of Estimates of Voice Relative Fundamental Frequency
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013 (PI)
American Speech Language Hearing Foundat


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  1. Kaneoka A, Pisegna JM, Inokuchi H, Ueha R, Goto T, Nito T, Stepp CE, LaValley MP, Haga N, Langmore SE. Relationship Between Laryngeal Sensory Deficits, Aspiration, and Pneumonia in Patients with Dysphagia. Dysphagia. 2017 Sep 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28866750.
  2. Lien YS, Heller Murray ES, Calabrese CR, Michener CM, Van Stan JH, Mehta DD, Hillman RE, Noordzij JP, Stepp CE. Validation of an Algorithm for Semi-automated Estimation of Voice Relative Fundamental Frequency. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2017 Oct; 126(10):712-716.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28849664.
  3. Heller Murray ES, Michener CM, Enflo L, Cler GJ, Stepp CE. The Impact of Glottal Configuration on Speech Breathing. J Voice. 2017 Aug 21. PMID: 28838793.
  4. Kaneoka A, Pisegna JM, Krisciunas GP, Nito T, LaValley MP, Stepp CE, Langmore SE. Variability of the Pressure Measurements Exerted by the Tip of Laryngoscope During Laryngeal Sensory Testing: A Clinical Demonstration. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2017 Aug 15; 26(3):729-736.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28732098.
  5. Cler GJ, Lee JC, Mittelman T, Stepp CE, Bohland JW. Kinematic Analysis of Speech Sound Sequencing Errors Induced by Delayed Auditory Feedback. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017 Jun 22; 60(6S):1695-1711. PMID: 28655038.
  6. Cler GJ, Mittelman T, Braden MN, Woodnorth GH, Stepp CE. Video Game Rehabilitation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: A Case Series. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017 Jun 22; 60(6S):1800-1809. PMID: 28655049.
  7. Stepp CE, Lester-Smith RA, Abur D, Daliri A, Pieter Noordzij J, Lupiani AA. Evidence for Auditory-Motor Impairment in Individuals With Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017 Jun 10; 60(6):1545-1550. PMID: 28590007.
  8. Heller Murray ES, Lien YS, Van Stan JH, Mehta DD, Hillman RE, Pieter Noordzij J, Stepp CE. Relative Fundamental Frequency Distinguishes Between Phonotraumatic and Non-Phonotraumatic Vocal Hyperfunction. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017 Jun 10; 60(6):1507-1515. PMID: 28595317.
  9. MacPherson MK, Abur D, Stepp CE. Acoustic Measures of Voice and Physiologic Measures of Autonomic Arousal during Speech as a Function of Cognitive Load. J Voice. 2017 Jul; 31(4):504.e1-504.e9. PMID: 27939119; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.10.021;.
  10. McKenna VS, Heller Murray ES, Lien YS, Stepp CE. The Relationship Between Relative Fundamental Frequency and a Kinematic Estimate of Laryngeal Stiffness in Healthy Adults. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2016 Dec 01; 59(6):1283-1294. PMID: 27936279; DOI: 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-15-0406;.
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