B.S., University of Vermont, 1979; M.S., University of Utah, 1983, Ph.D., 1988; Post-doctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic, 1988-1990; CCC-SLP.
Area(s) of Specialization:
Motor Speech Disorders, Voice Disorders, Autism
I conduct research on individuals with neurodevelopmental and acquired neurologic communication disorders to better understand the underlying motor programming, motor planning, motor execution and motor coordination abilities of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, dysarthria, and Apraxia of Speech (AOS). I also study the symptom complex, Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM) in children, athletes and adults. My research findings support that in a randomly selected population of 40 individuals with ASD, approximately 37.5% exhibited both dysarthria and AOS, 12.5% exhibited AOS only, and 10% exhibited dysarthria only. Moreover, 60% of our sample exhibited an underlying motor speech impairment. Another strand of my research focuses on the acoustic perceptual features of speech among individuals with ASD, from cultural and linguistically diverse populations, and among those with motor speech and voice disorders. Under the auspices of the UMass Telepractice Research Team (U-TRT), we also study the effects of Telepractice as a service delivery model to deliver intervention services to children with ASD. Under the auspices of U.S. Department of Education, I have also developed a graduate training program for masters and doctoral students to study and deliver evidence-based interventions to children with multiple and complex communicative disabilities, such as Autism.
Boisvert, M., Hall, N., Andrianopoulos, M., Chaclas, J. (2012). The Multi-faceted Implementation of Telepractice to Service Individuals with Autism. International Journal of Telerehabilitation. 4(2), 11-24.
Kurland, J., Pulvermuller, F., Silva, N., Burke, K., & Andrianopoulos, M., (2012). Constrained vs. Unconstrained Intensive Language Therapy in Two Individuals with Chronic, Moderate-to-Severe Aphasia and Apraxia of Speech: Behavioral and fMRI Outcomes. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology. 21, 65-87.
Boisvert, M.K., Lang, R., Andrianopoulos, M.V. and Boscardin, M.L..(2010) “Telepractice in the Assessment and Treatment of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review”. Journal of Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 13, 423-432.
Boucher, M.J., Andrianopoulos, M.V., Velleman, S.L., Perkins, J. & Pecora, L. (2010). Acoustic and neuromotor speech characteristics of autism, childhood apraxia of speech and neurotypically developing children. In Proceedings of the IALP. Athens, Greece.
Velleman, S.L, Andrianopoulos, M.V., Currier, A., Boucher, M. et al. (2009). Speech and Oro-Motor Deficits in ASD in Childhood Speech Sound Disorders. Rhea Paul and Flipsen Plural (Eds). San Diego, CA. Plural Publisher.