Cara Stepp, PhD
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
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.

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


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Comprehensive assessment of speech physiology and acoustics in Parkinson's disease progression 1R01DC020867-01
2023 Effects of exogenous testosterone therapy on communication in gender diverse speakers 5R01DC020061-02
2023 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium 5R13DC017674-05
2023 Sensorimotor mechanisms of vocal hyperfunction 2P50DC015446-06A1-6213
2023 Objective Measures for Clinical Assessment of Voice Disorders 5R01DC015570-08
2023 Advanced Research Training in Communication Sciences and Disorders 5T32DC013017-08
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
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  1. Smith KM, Demers-Peel M, Manxhari C, Stepp CE. Voice Acoustic Instability During Spontaneous Speech in Parkinson's Disease. J Voice. 2023 Jul 25. PMID: 37500359
  2. Buckley DP, Abur D, Stepp CE. Normative Values of Cepstral Peak Prominence Measures in Typical Speakers by Sex, Speech Stimuli, and Software Type Across the Life Span. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Jul 10; 32(4):1565-1577. PMID: 37257202; PMCID: PMC10473385; DOI: 10.1044/2023_AJSLP-22-00264;
  3. Aaron AS, Abur D, Volk KP, Noordzij JP, Tracy LF, Stepp CE. The Relationship Between Pitch Discrimination and Fundamental Frequency Variation: Effects of Singing Status and Vocal Hyperfunction. J Voice. 2023 Feb 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36754684; PMCID: PMC10405643; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2023.01.008;
  4. Marks KL, Díaz Cádiz ME, Toles LE, Buckley DP, Tracy LF, Noordzji JP, Grillone GA, Stepp CE. Automated Creak Differentiates Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia and Muscle Tension Dysphonia. Laryngoscope. 2023 Oct; 133(10):2687-2694.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36715109; PMCID: PMC10387123; DOI: 10.1002/lary.30588;
  5. Dahl KL, Stepp CE. Effects of Cognitive Stress on Voice Acoustics in Individuals With Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2023 Jan 11; 32(1):264-274. PMID: 36516470; PMCID: PMC10023146; DOI: 10.1044/2022_AJSLP-22-00204;
  6. Frankford SA, Marks KL, Feaster TF, Doyle PC, Stepp CE. Symptom Expression Across Voiced Speech Sounds in Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia. J Voice. 2022 Nov 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36424240; PMCID: PMC10199961; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2022.10.002;
  7. Serry MA, Stepp CE, Peterson SD. Exploring the mechanics of fundamental frequency variation during phonation onset. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2023 Feb; 22(1):339-356. PMID: 36370231; PMCID: PMC10369356; DOI: 10.1007/s10237-022-01652-8;
  8. Groll MD, Peterson SD, Zañartu M, Vojtech JM, Stepp CE. Empirical Evaluation of the Role of Vocal Fold Collision on Relative Fundamental Frequency in Voicing Offset. J Voice. 2022 Nov 03. PMID: 36336485; PMCID: PMC10154433; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2022.09.016;
  9. Marks KL, Feaster TF, Baker S, Díaz-Cádiz ME, Doyle PC, Stepp CE. Spectral Aggregate of the High-Passed Fundamental Frequency and Its Relationship to the Primary Acoustic Features of Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2022 Nov 17; 65(11):4085-4095.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36198059; PMCID: PMC9940896; DOI: 10.1044/2022_JSLHR-22-00157;
  10. Castro C, Prado P, Espinoza VM, Testart A, Marfull D, Manriquez R, Stepp CE, Mehta DD, Hillman RE, Zañartu M. Lombard Effect in Individuals With Nonphonotraumatic Vocal Hyperfunction: Impact on Acoustic, Aerodynamic, and Vocal Fold Vibratory Parameters. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2022 Aug 17; 65(8):2881-2895. PMID: 35930680; PMCID: PMC9913286; DOI: 10.1044/2022_JSLHR-21-00508;
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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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