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.

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

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

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

An RCT of a telemedicine intervention for hypokinetic dysarthria in PD
02/15/2021 - 02/14/2022 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

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

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

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

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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
2021 Advanced Research Training in Communication Sciences and Disorders 2T32DC013017-06 12
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
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  1. Dahl KL, Weerathunge HR, Buckley DP, Dolling AS, Díaz-Cádiz M, Tracy LF, Stepp CE. Reliability and Accuracy of Expert Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice via Telepractice Platforms. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2021 Sep 02; 1-10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34473568
  2. Abur D, Subaciute A, Kapsner-Smith M, Segina RK, Tracy LF, Noordzij JP, Stepp CE. Impaired auditory discrimination and auditory-motor integration in hyperfunctional voice disorders. Sci Rep. 2021 06 23; 11(1):13123.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34162907; PMCID: PMC8222324; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-92250-8;
  3. Weerathunge HR, Segina RK, Tracy L, Stepp CE. Accuracy of Acoustic Measures of Voice via Telepractice Videoconferencing Platforms. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 07 16; 64(7):2586-2599.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34157251
  4. Tomassi NE, Castro ME, Timmons Sund L, Díaz-Cádiz ME, Buckley DP, Stepp CE. Effects of Sidetone Amplification on Vocal Function During Telecommunication. J Voice. 2021 May 12. PMID: 33992477
  5. Serry MA, Stepp CE, Peterson SD. Physics of phonation offset: Towards understanding relative fundamental frequency observations. J Acoust Soc Am. 2021 05; 149(5):3654. PMID: 34241131; PMCID: PMC8163514; DOI: 10.1121/10.0005006;
  6. Kapsner-Smith MR, Opuszynski A, Stepp CE, Eadie TL. The Effect of Visual Sort and Rate Versus Visual Analog Scales on the Reliability of Judgments of Dysphonia. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 05 11; 64(5):1571-1580. PMID: 33909472
  7. Groll MD, Hablani S, Stepp CE. The Relationship Between Voice Onset Time and Increase in Vocal Effort and Fundamental Frequency. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 04 14; 64(4):1197-1209. PMID: 33820431
  8. Park Y, Wang F, Díaz-Cádiz M, Vojtech JM, Groll MD, Stepp CE. Vocal fold kinematics and relative fundamental frequency as a function of obstruent type and speaker age. J Acoust Soc Am. 2021 04; 149(4):2189. PMID: 33940922; PMCID: PMC8018794; DOI: 10.1121/10.0003961;
  9. Dahl KL, Stepp CE. Changes in Relative Fundamental Frequency Under Increased Cognitive Load in Individuals With Healthy Voices. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 04 14; 64(4):1189-1196. PMID: 33788635
  10. Cler GJ, Perkell JS, Stepp CE. Oral configurations during vowel nasalization in English. Speech Commun. 2021 May; 129:17-24.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34621100; PMCID: PMC8492006; DOI: 10.1016/j.specom.2021.02.005;
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