Cara Stepp, PhD
Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Dept of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

PhD, Harvard University
SB/ScB, Smith College



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.

Dr. Stepp specializes in voice and speech disorders, integrating speech science, computer science, and engineering to improve diagnosis and rehabilitation of communication-based challenges. She is a past NSF CAREER Award and PECASE recipient, with multiple active federal grants supporting her research, and is a past Peter Paul Career Development Professor. She has published 2 book chapters and more than 100 articles in science and health journals.

Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery




Effects of exogenous testosterone therapy on communication in gender diverse speakers
12/01/2021 - 11/30/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
1R01DC020061-01

Advance Research Training in Communication Sciences Disorders
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (Multi-PI)
PI: Cara Stepp, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5T32DC013017-07

Objective Measures for Clinical Assessment of Voice Disorders
08/05/2021 - 05/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5R01DC015570-07

Effect of producing a desired fundamental frequency on measures of vocal hyperfunction in transgender speakers
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
1F32DC020627-01A1

Validation of an Automated Acoustic Outcome Measure for Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia
08/10/2022 - 08/09/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
1F32DC020349-01A1

Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5R13DC017674-04

Concurrent Validity of an Automated Objective Outcome for Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia
12/01/2022 - 11/30/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
American Speech Language Hearing Foundation


Longitudinal Changes to Speech in Parkinson's Disease Phenotypes
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5F31DC019032-03

SBIR Phase I: SpeechSense: A Wearable Monitor for Speech Disorders
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Altec Inc. NIH NIDCD
1R43DC019589-01

Non-contact Solution for Quantitative Clinical Management of MTD
02/01/2022 - 03/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Altec Inc. NIH NIDCD
1R43DC019585-01

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Effects of exogenous testosterone therapy on communication in gender diverse speakers 5R01DC020061-02
2023 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium 5R13DC017674-05
2022 Effects of exogenous testosterone therapy on communication in gender diverse speakers 1R01DC020061-01
2022 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium 5R13DC017674-04
2022 Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease 5R01DC016270-05
2022 Objective Measures for Clinical Assessment of Voice Disorders 5R01DC015570-07
2022 Advanced Research Training in Communication Sciences and Disorders 5T32DC013017-07
2021 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium 5R13DC017674-03
2021 Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease 5R01DC016270-04 3
2021 Objective Measures for Clinical Assessment of Voice Disorders 2R01DC015570-06 10
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  1. Groll MD, Dahl KL, Cádiz MD, Welch B, Tracy LF, Stepp CE. Resynthesis of Transmasculine Voices to Assess Gender Perception as a Function of Testosterone Therapy. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2022 Jul 18; 65(7):2474-2489.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35749662; PMCID: PMC9584127; DOI: 10.1044/2022_JSLHR-21-00482;
     
  2. Weerathunge HR, Alzamendi GA, Cler GJ, Guenther FH, Stepp CE, Zañartu M. LaDIVA: A neurocomputational model providing laryngeal motor control for speech acquisition and production. PLoS Comput Biol. 2022 06; 18(6):e1010159.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35737706; PMCID: PMC9258861; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010159;
     
  3. Weerathunge HR, Voon T, Tardif M, Cilento D, Stepp CE. Auditory and somatosensory feedback mechanisms of laryngeal and articulatory speech motor control. Exp Brain Res. 2022 Aug; 240(7-8):2155-2173. PMID: 35736994
     
  4. Dahl KL, François FA, Buckley DP, Stepp CE. Voice and Speech Changes in Transmasculine Individuals Following Circumlaryngeal Massage and Laryngeal Reposturing. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2022 May 10; 31(3):1368-1382. PMID: 35394801; PMCID: PMC9567379; DOI: 10.1044/2022_AJSLP-21-00245;
     
  5. Vojtech JM, Stepp CE. Effects of Age and Parkinson's Disease on the Relationship between Vocal Fold Abductory Kinematics and Relative Fundamental Frequency. J Voice. 2022 Apr 05. PMID: 35393167; PMCID: PMC9532464; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2022.03.007;
     
  6. Kapsner-Smith MR, Díaz-Cádiz ME, Vojtech JM, Buckley DP, Mehta DD, Hillman RE, Tracy LF, Noordzij JP, Eadie TL, Stepp CE. Clinical Cutoff Scores for Acoustic Indices of Vocal Hyperfunction That Combine Relative Fundamental Frequency and Cepstral Peak Prominence. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2022 Apr 04; 65(4):1349-1369.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35263546; PMCID: PMC9499364; DOI: 10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00466;
     
  7. Tomassi NE, Weerathunge HR, Cushman MR, Bohland JW, Stepp CE. Assessing Ecologically Valid Methods of Auditory Feedback Measurement in Individuals With Typical Speech. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2022 01 12; 65(1):121-135. PMID: 34941381; PMCID: PMC9153919; DOI: 10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00377;
     
  8. Abur D, Perkell JS, Stepp CE. Impact of Vocal Effort on Respiratory and Articulatory Kinematics. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2022 01 12; 65(1):5-21. PMID: 34843405; PMCID: PMC9150749; DOI: 10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00323;
     
  9. Buckley DP, Vojtech JM, Stepp CE. Relative Fundamental Frequency in Individuals with Globus Syndrome and Muscle Tension Dysphagia. J Voice. 2021 Nov 23. PMID: 34823980; PMCID: PMC9124719; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.10.013;
     
  10. Abur D, Subaciute A, Daliri A, Lester-Smith RA, Lupiani AA, Cilento D, Enos NM, Weerathunge HR, Tardif MC, Stepp CE. Feedback and Feedforward Auditory-Motor Processes for Voice and Articulation in Parkinson's Disease. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 12 13; 64(12):4682-4694. PMID: 34731577; PMCID: PMC9150666; DOI: 10.1044/2021_JSLHR-21-00153;
     
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Bar chart showing 123 publications over 17 distinct years, with a maximum of 17 publications in 2020

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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
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