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

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.

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.

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



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


Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5R13DC017674-02

Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease
03/16/2018 - 02/28/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Cara Stepp, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5R01DC016270-03

Sensorimotor mechanisms of vocal hyperfunction
03/01/2017 - 03/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIDCD
5P50DC015446-04

An acoustic estimate of laryngeal tension for clinical assessment of voice disorders
07/15/2016 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5R01DC015570-05

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

The Impact of Immunotherapy on Voice
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation AA Otolary Allergy


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

Automation of Relative Fundamental Frequency Estimation
03/05/2013 - 02/28/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
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 & Human Development
5R24HD065688-05

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

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium 5R13DC017674-02
2020 Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease 5R01DC016270-03 3
2020 Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease 5R01DC016270-03 3
2020 An acoustic estimate of laryngeal tension for clinical assessment of voice disorders 5R01DC015570-05 10
2019 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium 1R13DC017674-01
2019 Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease 5R01DC016270-02 3
2019 An acoustic estimate of laryngeal tension for clinical assessment of voice disorders 5R01DC015570-04 10
2018 Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease 1R01DC016270-01A1 3
2018 An acoustic estimate of laryngeal tension for clinical assessment of voice disorders 5R01DC015570-03 10
2017 An acoustic estimate of laryngeal tension for clinical assessment of voice disorders 5R01DC015570-02 10
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  1. Lester-Smith RA, Daliri A, Enos N, Abur D, Lupiani AA, Letcher S, Stepp CE. The Relation of Articulatory and Vocal Auditory-Motor Control in Typical Speakers. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Oct 20; 1-15. PMID: 33079610
     
  2. Hillman RE, Stepp CE, Van Stan JH, Zañartu M, Mehta DD. An Updated Theoretical Framework for Vocal Hyperfunction. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2020 Oct 02; 1-7. PMID: 33007164
     
  3. Rohlfing ML, Buckley DP, Piraquive J, Stepp CE, Tracy LF. Hey Siri: How Effective are Common Voice Recognition Systems at Recognizing Dysphonic Voices? Laryngoscope. 2020 Sep 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32949415
     
  4. Abur D, Stepp CE. Acuity to Changes in Self-Generated Vocal Pitch in Parkinson's Disease. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Sep 15; 63(9):3208-3214. PMID: 32853119
     
  5. Tracy LF, Segina RK, Cadiz MD, Stepp CE. The Impact of Communication Modality on Voice Production. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Sep 15; 63(9):2913-2920.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32762517
     
  6. Weerathunge HR, Abur D, Enos NM, Brown KM, Stepp CE. Auditory-Motor Perturbations of Voice Fundamental Frequency: Feedback Delay and Amplification. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Sep 15; 63(9):2846-2860. PMID: 32755506
     
  7. Buckley DP, Cadiz MD, Eadie TL, Stepp CE. Acoustic Model of Perceived Overall Severity of Dysphonia in Adductor-Type Laryngeal Dystonia. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Aug 10; 63(8):2713-2722. PMID: 32692616
     
  8. Groll MD, Vojtech JM, Hablani S, Mehta DD, Buckley DP, Noordzij JP, Stepp CE. Automated Relative Fundamental Frequency Algorithms for Use With Neck-Surface Accelerometer Signals. J Voice. 2020 Jul 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32653267
     
  9. Groll MD, Hablani S, Vojtech JM, Stepp CE. Cursor Click Modality in an Accelerometer-Based Computer Access Device. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2020 Jul; 28(7):1566-1572. PMID: 32634095
     
  10. Smith DJ, Stepp C, Guenther FH, Kearney E. Contributions of Auditory and Somatosensory Feedback to Vocal Motor Control. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2020 Jul 20; 63(7):2039-2053.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32603626
     
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