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 the treatment of voice, speech, and swallowing disorders, integrating speech science, computer science, and engineering—among several disciplines—to improve diagnosis and rehabilitation of communication-based challenges. She is a current NSF CAREER Award recipient, with multiple active federal grants supporting her research, and is a past Peter Paul Career Development Professor. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has published 2 book chapters and more than 50 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

Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease
03/16/2018 - 02/28/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Park Y, Stepp CE. The Effects of Stress Type, Vowel Identity, Baseline f0, and Loudness on the Relative Fundamental Frequency of Individuals With Healthy Voices. J Voice. 2018 Aug 02. PMID: 30078521.
  2. Vojtech JM, Cler GJ, Stepp CE. Prediction of Optimal Facial Electromyographic Sensor Configurations for Human-Machine Interface Control. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2018 Aug; 26(8):1566-1576. PMID: 29994124.
  3. Abur D, Lupiani AA, Hickox AE, Shinn-Cunningham BG, Stepp CE. Loudness Perception of Pure Tones in Parkinson's Disease. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2018 Jun 19; 61(6):1487-1496. PMID: 29800039.
  4. Abur D, Lester-Smith RA, Daliri A, Lupiani AA, Guenther FH, Stepp CE. Sensorimotor adaptation of voice fundamental frequency in Parkinson's disease. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0191839. PMID: 29373589.
  5. McKenna VS, Llico AF, Mehta DD, Perkell JS, Stepp CE. Magnitude of Neck-Surface Vibration as an Estimate of Subglottal Pressure During Modulations of Vocal Effort and Intensity in Healthy Speakers. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2017 Dec 20; 60(12):3404-3416. PMID: 29204608.
  6. 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. 2018 Apr; 33(2):192-199.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28866750.
  7. Heller Murray ES, Michener CM, Enflo L, Cler GJ, Stepp CE. The Impact of Glottal Configuration on Speech Breathing. J Voice. 2018 Jul; 32(4):420-427. PMID: 28838793.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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