Cara Stepp, PhD
Professor
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.

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




Project 2 - Sensorimotor mechanisms of vocal hyperfunction
04/17/2023 - 03/31/2028 (Subcontract PI)
The General Hospital Corporation d/b/a Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIDCD
2P50DC015446-06A1

Comprehensive Assessment of Speech Physiology and Acoustics in Parkinson's Disease Progression
02/02/2023 - 01/31/2028 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
1R01DC020867-01

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
5R01DC020061-02

Advance Research Training in Communication Sciences Disorders
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5T32DC013017-08

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

Articulatory and prosodic sensorimotor adaptation in speaker-listener interactions
04/01/2023 - 03/31/2026 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
1F31DC021080-01

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
5F32DC020627-02

Validation of an Automated Acoustic Outcome Measure for Adductor Laryngeal Dystonia
08/10/2022 - 08/09/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Katherine L. Marks Hartigan, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5F32DC020349-02

Voice and Speech Sensorimotor Control in Parkinsons Disease
03/16/2018 - 02/28/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Cara Stepp, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Deafness & Communication Disorders
5R01DC016270-05

An RCT of a telemedicine intervention for hypokinetic dysarthria in PD
02/15/2021 - 02/14/2024 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System


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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Comprehensive assessment of speech physiology and acoustics in Parkinson's disease progression 5R01DC020867-02
2024 Effects of exogenous testosterone therapy on communication in gender diverse speakers 5R01DC020061-03
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
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  1. Dahl KL, Cádiz MD, Zuk J, Guenther FH, Stepp CE. Controlling Pitch for Prosody: Sensorimotor Adaptation in Linguistically Meaningful Contexts. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2024 Feb 12; 67(2):440-454. PMID: 38241671
     
  2. Dragicevic DA, Dahl KL, Perkins Z, Abur D, Stepp CE. Effects of a Concurrent Working Memory Task on Speech Acoustics in Parkinson's Disease. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2024 Jan 03; 33(1):418-434. PMID: 38081054
     
  3. Norotsky RL, Dahl KL, Cocroft S, Sauder C, Tracy LF, Stepp CE. Does Implicit Racial Bias Affect Auditory-Perceptual Evaluations of Dysphonic Voices? J Voice. 2023 Dec 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38065808
     
  4. Kapsner-Smith MR, Abur D, Eadie TL, Stepp CE. Test-Retest Reliability of Behavioral Assays of Feedforward and Feedback Auditory-Motor Control of Voice and Articulation. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2024 Jan 08; 67(1):34-48. PMID: 37992404
     
  5. Marks KL, Dahl KL, Stepp CE. The Impact of Foreign Language Accent on Expert Listeners' Auditory-Perceptual Evaluations of Dysphonia. Laryngoscope. 2024 May; 134(5):2272-2276. PMID: 37942827
     
  6. Houle N, Feaster T, Mira A, Meeks K, Stepp CE. Sex Differences in the Speech of Persons With and Without Parkinson's Disease. Am J Speech Lang Pathol. 2024 Jan 03; 33(1):96-116. PMID: 37889201
     
  7. Miller HE, Kearney E, Nieto-Castañón A, Falsini R, Abur D, Acosta A, Chao SC, Dahl KL, Franken M, Heller Murray ES, Mollaei F, Niziolek CA, Parrell B, Perrachione T, Smith DJ, Stepp CE, Tomassi N, Guenther FH. Do Not Cut Off Your Tail: A Mega-Analysis of Responses to Auditory Perturbation Experiments. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2023 Nov 09; 66(11):4315-4331.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37850867; PMCID: PMC10715843; DOI: 10.1044/2023_JSLHR-23-00315;
     
  8. Abur D, Hillman RE, Stepp CE. Auditory-Motor Function Pre- and Post-Therapy in Hyperfunctional Voice Disorders: A Case Series. J Voice. 2023 Sep 14. PMID: 37716889
     
  9. MacLellan LE, Stepp CE, Fager SK, Mentis M, Boucher AR, Abur D, Cler GJ. Evaluating Camera Mouse as a computer access system for augmentative and alternative communication in cerebral palsy: a case study. Assist Technol. 2023 Sep 12; 1-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37699111; PMCID: PMC10927611; DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2023.2242893;
     
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC10808279; DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2023.06.004;
     
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Bar chart showing 144 publications over 19 distinct years, with a maximum of 17 publications in 2020 and 2021

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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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